Revenue of KEDIPES, the state-owned asset management company plunged by 35.6% in the first quarter of 2020 compared with Q4 of 2019, due to the coronavirus pandemic, while low income is expected to persist until the end of 2020, Lambros Papadopoulos, chairman of KEDIPES’ board of directors has said.
According to KEDIPES’ financial data for Q1 2020, cash inflows amounted to €78 million compared to €121.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Proceeds have been negatively affected by the debt repayment suspension and the suspension of foreclosures, implemented by the government in a bid to contain the economic impact of the lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
“Despite a partial recovery in June the pandemic’s negative impact and of the lockdown measures will remain significant for the remainder of the year,” Papadopoulos said during a press conference.
He also announced that KEDIPES decided to extent suspension of foreclosures and real estate repossession until August 31, taking into account the prevailing adverse conditions.
Papadopoulos said that following the debt repayment suspension decree that will be in force until December 2020, KEDIPES has approved payment holidays for loans amounting to €733 million but he assured that KEDIPES remains committed to maximising the repayment aid provided by the state in 2018.
KEDIPES began operations in September 2018 as the residual entity of the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB) whose performing operations were sold to Hellenic Bank in June 2018. The state aid provided by the government amounted to €3.6 billion, assuming non-performing loans and real estate amounting to €8.2 billion in nominal value.
Furthermore, Papadopoulos said that KEDIPES is exploring a possible sale of performing loans and restructured but performing loans, adding that the company has assigned a local audit firm to act as a consultant to prepare a possible transaction.
According to Lambros Papalambrianou, KEDIPES’ Chief Financial Officer cumulative cash inflow since KEDIPES began operations in September 2018 reached €587.5 million with proceeds from the management of loans and real estate reaching €557.5 million.
Operating expenditure and management expenditure in the Q1 2020 amounted to €27.5 million down by 18% compared with the previous quarter, he said, adding that cash outflows for payment of obligations declined to €3 million compared with €42.2 million in the previous quarter, as KEDIPES in Q4 2019 paid its last tranche for the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS).
Loans amounted to €6,906 million in nominal value in Q1 2020 from €6,956 in Q4 2019 marking a reduction of 0.7% due to repayment and write offs.
On March 31 total loans under management amounted to €6,906 billion of which €534 in performing loans and €672 million.