Banksia debenture holders to get bigger return after sale of loan portfolio

Banksia debenture holders can now expect to receive up to 85¢ from every dollar they lost when the lender collapsed last year.

Banksia debenture holders can now expect to receive up to 85¢ from every dollar they lost when the lender collapsed last year.

Receiver of the non-bank lender McGrathNicol said on Tuesday it sold Banksia's $240 million loan portfolio to Deutsche Bank for an undisclosed sum.

"We are pleased to advise our revised best estimate is an overall return of 80 to 85¢ in the dollar," McGrathNicol said. It now expects to distribute 10¢ a dollar around May 17 and a further 35¢ before the end of the financial year.

"It is our expectation that by 30 June, 2013, Banksia Securities debenture holders would have received total repayments of 65¢ in the dollar," McGrathNicol said.

The firm was still dealing with non-core assets, including freehold properties, financial products and trying to recover inter-company loans. Banksia had 10 offices in Victoria, NSW and South Australia, when it was placed in receivership on October 25 last year with $663 million in investors' funds.

Banksia's Cherry Fund Limited collapsed five days later, owing its investors a further $10 million.

Investors in Cherry Fund may get more than forecast and should expect to receive 20¢ for every dollar they lost around May 17.

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