After facing concerns, about its situation an agreement was finally reached on Sunday. The Bank of England reached out to lenders to gauge their interest in Metro Bank while the bank assessed its assets. However Metro Bank surprised everyone by raising £325 million in funds and paying off £600 million of debt. CEO Daniel Frumkin expressed optimism about this development referring to it as the start of a chapter for the bank. Following the news of the need for cash infusion Metro Banks stock value experienced a decline week. Saw an increase after the deal was finalized on Monday. Simon Samuels, chairman of Barclays and Citi mentioned concerns regarding issues in Metro Banks monetary policy strategy during an interview with BBCs Today program. One area that has drawn attention is their focus, on branches despite many banks transitioning towards online transactions a trend that has been accelerated during the pandemic.
“Metro Bank has a goal ” he stated, noting that, in his opinion Metro Banks approach “is not likely to achieve long term success.” Ultimately Metro Bank will become integrated into a company.
What’s the latest, with Metro Bank?
The bank claims it is in health and abiding by all regulations. However Colombian billionaire Jaime Gilinski Bacal is set to acquire a majority stake of 53% through his company, Spaldy Investments. This deal will bring £102 million into the bank.
Metro Bank was established in 2010 as the first bank to open in the UK in over a century following the crisis. They distinguish themselves as a “challenger” bank to the institutions guaranteeing their branches will be open seven days a week. Currently they serve around 2.7 million customers. Hold £15 billion in deposits across their 76 branches.
Recent reports indicated that Metro Bank would need to raise £600 million. Week The Financial Times also mentioned that potential investors had decided against providing support for the company. On Sunday Metro Bank announced a capital increase of £325 million through investors and existing shareholders—a move closely monitored by the Bank of England.
Additionally Metro Bank remains engaged in discussions regarding selling properties valued at up to £3 billion, for fundraising purposes.
Homeowners who have loans, with Metro Bank will not be impacted at present. However a number of customers will have their loans transferred to banks once the transaction is finalized.