Deleveraging Report 3Q 2018


Full steam ahead

European loan sales to exceed €200bn

The Global Deleveraging report examines key loan sales markets across Europe and in emerging markets. The report provides an up-to-date overview of the latest transactions supported by forward-looking insights provided by our Portfolio Lead Advisory Services experts, investors and clients.


The eighth edition of our Deleveraging Report explores recent activity and trends in the key loan sale markets across Europe and emerging markets. With up-to-date overview and analysis of the latest transactions supported by forward-looking insights provided by our Portfolio Lead Advisory Services experts.

The European loan portfolio market continued at pace through 2018, with €120bn in face value of deals concluded in the year to date, already surpassing the total traded in 2016, and on course to exceed €200bn in the full year. Deal activity continued unabated throughout the usually quiet summer holidays, as banks respond to regulatory pressures to reduce leverage and offload assets, completing €48bn during the third quarter.

2018 has seen a significant uplift in shipping loan portfolio activity, starting with the successful sale of Deutsche Bank’s €1bn shipping loan portfolio, which has been subsequently followed by over €5bn of portfolios in the market across Europe.

The trend of an increasing proportion of performing loan portfolios continues, representing 15% of traded portfolios in the first three quarters of 2018, as ABS markets support a competitive pricing dynamic.

This level of activity is likely to continue, as central banks and regulators continue to apply pressure on banks to escalate their deleveraging activities.

Ways to leverage the report findings

  • Use the data to explore loan sale activity and trends in key markets across Europe, including the key players and asset categories in each market.
  • Loan portfolio sellers: identify the most active buyers in the European loan sale market.
  • Debt investors: discover which markets are likely to present the largest investment opportunities in the coming year. 

Previous Publications

Read past editions of our Deleveraging Europe series and other NPL publications:

2017-2018 Global deleveraging report, April 2018
2017-2018 Deleveraging Asia, April 2018
2017 H1 Deleveraging Europe, July 2017
2016-2017 Deleveraging Europe, February 2017
2016 H1 Deleveraging Europe, August 2016
2015-2016 Deleveraging Europe, February 2016
2015 H1 Deleveraging Europe, August 2015
2014 Restructuring Central Europe, 2014

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