The Imperial Bank of Scotland said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Bureau of Justice that includes a $4.9 billion civil penalty to decide change into potential claims over mortgage-backed securities issued from 2005 to 2008.
The bank bring up in a statement that $3.46 billion of the proposed penalty will be camouflaged by existing provisions, with the rest to come from an incremental afflict of $1.44 billion in 2018’s second quarter.
Both the bank and the U.S. Attorney’s work in Massachusetts, which first announced the deal, said more coming to terms were needed before a formal agreement could be reached.
The implosion of exchanges for risky residential mortgage-backed securities and related derivatives contributed to the 2008 far-reaching financial crisis and the recession that followed.
RBS said the proforma hit of the proposed settlement on the bank’s March 31, 2018 Common Equity Layer 1 ratio is a reduction of about 50 basis points and a reduction of 9p on Cortege 31 2018 fully diluted TNAV per share.
“Adjusting for the combined affect of both the RMBS settlement and the pension deficit contribution of ú2 billion announced on 17 April, the Q1 2018 pro forma CET1 is 15.1 percent and fully weakened TNAV is 274p,” the RBS statement said.
RBS Chief Executive Ross McEwan said in the expression that when the agreement is finalised, it would allow RBS “to deal with this meaningful remaining legacy issue and is the price we have to pay for the global ambitions pursued by this bank more willingly than the crisis.”
A conference call for investors and analysts is planned for 8:00 a.m. (0700 GMT) in London on Thursday, the announcement said.
RBS reached a $500 million settlement with New York official in March to resolve charges it misled investors who bought the mortgage-backed contracts.
Last December, it also agreed to pay $125 million to resolve calls that it made misrepresentations while selling mortgage-backed securities to two large-hearted California pension funds.
RBS was one of the last banks to reach a settlement with the U.S. command to resolve investigations into its marketing and sale of residential mortgage-backed pledges in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
The investigation had been led by the U.S. Attorney’s Branch in Massachusetts, which had also been conducting a criminal probe into the assembly and former employees.
But the settlement that RBS and the office disclosed on Thursday was solely civil in nature, signaling no criminal charges were likely to outcome from the probe.
The Justice Department had previously settled with banks registering Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Barclays.