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Nationwide Profits Soar Despite Bad Debts

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Nationwide, Britain's biggest building society, grabbed its largest-ever share of the mortgage market last year and saw its profits jump as it continued to attract customers from discredited high street banks.


But at the same time the mutual was hit by a huge increase in bad debt provisions for its loans on commercial properties. These more than doubled from £247 million to £493 million — a level which represents just over a quarter of its commercial property loanbook.

Chief executive Graham Beale said: “Most of these loans relate to business done before the financial crisis. They are geographically diverse across the country and cover all sectors, including retail, warehouses, offices and leisure.

“There has been weak demand from tenants and falling property values, so we are helping our borrowers stay in business and also protecting our members’ interests.”

Profits up... That's good news.

Nationwide dangerously leveraging up? Or is it just taking the better quality borrowers from the banks?

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The commercial writedowns are of note-the problem has moved up the food chain from the landlords, who are often accused of not allowing rent reductions for fear of the subsequent asset reductions trashing the balance sheet. Seems the lenders are the ones allowing this to happen via forebearance. What happens when Nationwide's ability to make such provisions is exhausted?

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I would think that, due to forbearance, only a small fraction of the potential bad debt is on their balance sheet.

the more truth on the balance sheet, the more insolvent they will be.......on paper.

the balance sheet is a matter of opinion, the solvency is real.

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Why isn't this profit being passed onto the members in terms of savings rates.

I smell a rat.

its the low rates giving them the profit.

saying that, this bank has nothing to fear from a rates rise to normal....clearly, they only do sensible lending, taking into account that borrowers cold be faced with a 500% increase in BoE rates during the term.

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