Lloyds to repay 8-10 billion euros of ECB long-term loan - source

LONDON Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:08pm GMT

A pedestrian passes the head office of Lloyds Banking Group in central London April 11, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A pedestrian passes the head office of Lloyds Banking Group in central London April 11, 2011.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) is to repay up to 10 billion euros of the long-term cash it borrowed last year from the European Central Bank, a person close to the bank said.

Lloyds will repay 8-10 billion euros, or up to three-quarters of the 13.5 billion it borrowed in the ECB's long-term refinancing operations (LTROs), as it has a strong balance sheet and liquidity position so doesn't need the cash, the source said.

Lloyds took its cash in the ECB's second LTRO offer, and plans to repay the cash when it is able to on February 27, the source said. The UK bank, which borrowed the money through its Spanish, Irish and Dutch operations, will retain some of the loan as a currency hedge for some of its European assets, the source said.

(Reporting by Steve Slater; Editing by William James)

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