Taxpayer lost £230m on government’s Lloyds stake sale
NAO analysis found the government sale of a 6% stake in Lloyds resulted in a loss for the UK of over £200m, once state funding costs were taken into account.
That is despite chancellor George Osborne claiming the 75p price meant a “profit for taxpayers” at the time of the 17 September sale.
The cost of the debt incurred by the state to fund Lloyds’ £20bn bailout in 2008 meant an overall loss for the taxpayer, despite the 75p price being above the nominal 73.6p ‘break-even’ level, the NAO said.
Nonetheless, the NAO added the cutting of the government’s stake in Lloyds from 39% to 33% represented a “good start”.
Further sales, including a share offer for retail investors, are expected to take place in early 2014. Disposing of the government’s 81% stake in RBS, however, is not anticipated any time soon.