Dutch bank and insurer ING, which has been forced to sell assets in return for receiving state aid during the financial crisis, said it is considering the sale of its online banking businesses in the UK and Canada.
It did not give a value for either of the two online banking units but said they have 1.8m customers in Canada and more than 1.5m customers in the UK. ING received €10bn (£7.9bn) in Dutch state aid during the 2008 financial crisis.
As a condition of its bailout, it agreed with the EC to reduce its balance sheet, split its bank and insurance operations, and sell assets such as its Dutch bank unit WestlandUtrecht and its US online bank ING Direct.
But it is also selling other assets as it streamlines its businesses and raises funds to repay the state, and the Canadian and UK online banking businesses are part of that review, a spokeswoman for the bank said.
“ING continuously evaluates its portfolio of businesses, in line with its stated objective of sharpening its focus,” ING said in a statement, adding that it was “reviewing strategic options” for the Canadian and UK units.