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Lloyds mulls alternatives to govt APS
LONDON (Reuters) - Lloyds Banking Group may consider a multi-billion pound share issue as part of a partial withdrawal from the government's asset protection scheme according to a report in the Sunday Times.
Chief executive Eric Daniels is reported to think that the fees attached to the taxpayer-backed insurance policy are too high, and give too much control to the government it added.
Following the group's results on Wednesday, industry sources said Lloyds may consider launching a rights issue to scale back its involvement in the scheme but the speculation was vague and had no details.
Analysts agreed that Lloyds may now be in a stronger position to consider alternatives to the scheme following its results.
"Given the overall cost of the APS (15.6 billion pounds insurance premium...) it bears considering whether LBG should look at reducing the extent of its participation in the scheme," said analysts at Deutsche Bank.
Lloyds said in a statement that it is "working with the treasury to finalise the detailed terms of our intended participation in the asset protection scheme."
"We expect to conclude these discussions and agree terms that are in the best interest of our shareholders," the group added in an email.
(Reporting by Lorraine Turner and Steve Slater; Editing by Mike Nesbit)
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