Commerzbank winds up Hypothekenbank Frankfurt AG (HF)
May 17 2016
- Portfolios transferred to Commerzbank AG
- HF returns banking licence and Pfandbrief licence and is being transformed into service company LSF Loan Solutions Frankfurt GmbH
- Pfandbriefe of HF transferred to Commerzbank; desired target ratings for mortgage Pfandbriefe AAA and for public Pfandbriefe solid AA
Commerzbank has completed the winding-up of its wholly-owned subsidiary Hypothekenbank Frankfurt AG (HF), formerly Eurohypo AG. The portfolios of HF from the Private Customers, commercial real estate loans, and Public Finance segments were transferred to Commerzbank AG over the Whitsuntide weekend. HF has been transformed into the service company LSF Loan Solutions Frankfurt GmbH. The servicing and ongoing run-down of the commercial real estate loans portfolio transferred to Commerzbank AG are the tasks of LSF, operating mostly independently on behalf of Commerzbank. The necessary personnel cuts in Eschborn with the winding up of HF were attained without any enforced redundancies. In the course of the transformation of HF into the service company LSF, HF will return its banking licence and Pfandbrief licence.
In the course of the transaction all the outstanding Pfandbriefe of HF were transferred to Commerzbank AG. The outstanding mortgage Pfandbriefe of both institutions currently have the highest rating of AAA. The objective is that of retaining this rating for the mortgage Pfandbriefe of Commerzbank AG. Large portions of the private residential mortgage loans of HF are being transferred to the cover pool of Commerzbank AG. The commercial real estate loans of HF will, on principle, not be assigned to the cover pool of Commerzbank AG. The outstanding public Pfandbriefe of Commerzbank AG currently have the highest rating, AAA, from Moody’s and Fitch, the Pfandbriefe of HF have a rating of Aa1 from Moody’s. Commerzbank is aspiring to a solid rating of at least AA for its public Pfandbriefe in the future. With a view to the necessary surplus cover, the statutory requirements plus a sufficiently large buffer are being created for the management of the cover pool. Mortgage Pfandbriefe and public Pfandbriefe will also be a permanent element in the long-term funding of Commerzbank in the future.
Commerzbank is a leading international commercial bank with branches and offices in more than 50 countries. The core markets of Commerzbank are Germany and Poland. With the business areas Private Customers, Mittelstandsbank, Corporates & Markets and Central & Eastern Europe, its private customers and corporate clients, as well as institutional investors, profit from a comprehensive portfolio of banking and capital market services. Commerzbank finances more than 30 per cent of Germany’s foreign trade and is the unchallenged leader in financing for SMEs. With its subsidiaries Comdirect and Poland’s M Bank it owns two of the world’s most innovative online banks. With approximately 1,050 branches and more than 90 advisory centres for business customers Commerzbank has one of the densest branch networks among German private banks. In total, Commerzbank boasts more than 16 million private customers, as well as 1 million business and corporate clients. The Bank, which was founded in 1870, is represented at all the world’s major stock exchanges. In 2015, it generated gross revenues of EUR 9.8 billion with 51,300 employees.
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