Co-op Group set to announce 25 per cent hit on value of bank stake

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The Co-op Bank came close to collapse in 2013 when a £1.5bn hole in capital was discovered (Source: Getty)

The Co-operative Group has taken a 25 per cent hit to the value of its stake in Co-op Bank, the company is expected to announce this week.

As part of its half-year results on Friday, the group is poised to put a £145m value on its 20 per cent stake in the lender, down from £185m. The writedown implies a total value of £725m.

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The expected announcement, first reported by Sky News, will mark the second time this year that Co-op Group has slashed the value of its shareholding.

In April, the group cut the value of its stake by £39m, from £224m to £185m.

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The decision by the Co-op board is set in the context of banking industry uncertainty, with interest rates at record lows.

In 2013, the Co-op Bank nearly collapsed when a £1.5bn hole in its capital was discovered following losses from problem real estate loans.

Co-op Group declined to comment.

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