Shares in state-backed bank Lloyds have jumped by around 2.5 per cent on the news that overseas investors could be interested in the company:
It emerged over the weekend that a consortium led by former trade minister Lord Davies is considering investing up to £10bn in the bank, while Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund may put in £4.5bn.
That represents the majority of the government’s stake, which is currently valued at around £17.5bn.
Sources with knowledge of the situation believe offers of between 70p and 75p per share would be snapped up immediately by the government, representing a premium of up to 15 per cent on the current market value of the stock. Such a deal would value the government’s 39 per cent holding at around £20bn.