April 27, 2015 / 6:22 AM / 5 years ago

RBS sells further North American loan portfolio to Mizuho

A pedestrian is reflected in an advertising board as he walks past a branch of The Royal Bank of Scotland in central London February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L) has sold a further portfolio of North American loans to Mizuho (8411.T), as it continues to sell off unwanted international assets to focus on domestic lending.

RBS, which is 80 percent-owned by the British government, said the additional portfolio sold to Mizuho comprises $5.6 billion (3.69 billion pounds) of loan commitments. It will receive $500 million in cash from the sale, generating an overall loss from the disposal of around $30 million.

RBS agreed in February to sell U.S. and Canadian loan commitments to Mizuho, in a deal worth £3 billion, marking the largest move overseas by one of Japan’s top banks.

Reporting by Matt Scuffham, editing by Sinead Cruise

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