Clydesdale Bank takes $56m charge for possible insurance liabilities

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CYBG plc, the former National Australian Bank-owned company that holds Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, has taken an additional charge of £30 million ($56 million) in relation to alleged mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) in its half-year results.

The charge takes the total for CYBG’s provision for possible PPI liabilities to more than more than £380 million since March, 2018.

CYBG reported a statutory profit before tax of just £42 million on revenue of £843 million in the six months ended March 31.

CYBG completed its £1.7 billion acquisition of Virgin Money in October 2018.

Despite a series of large provisions for PPI liabilities, James Hayward, chief executive of litigation specialists RGL Management, said they might not be enough.

On May 1, RGL Management formally started UK a class action in the High Court against Clydesdale Bank and NAB in relation to tailored business loans that gave rise to allegations of deceit, misrepresentation, negligent misstatement, breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

RGL said in a statement the class action consists of almost 2000 claimants and “continues to grow.”

“The direct losses sought will amount to hundreds of millions of pounds, and the addition of consequential losses will make this value considerably higher,” it said.

Mr Hayward said: “As we prepare to bring further waves of claims, and with more people joining the action every day, the bank would do well to realise that this is not something which is going to go away.”

He said RGL was yet to receive a full public response from CYBG and NAB to the claims.

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