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LTL 2 billion recovered during Snoras bankruptcy administration; Bankruptcy administrator has already repaid LTL 934 million to creditors from collected funds

July 25, 2014

ENP Newswire - 25 July 2014

Release date- 24072014 - The team of Snoras Bankruptcy administrator has already returned LTL 2 billion to the bankrupt Snoras bank.

In the last six months, most funds were generated by the loan portfolio administration and sale of bank's real estate in Lithuania and Latvia. In addition, the funds from the failed issue of Snoras shares were acknowledged on behalf of the bank and its creditors after the Supreme Court of Lithuania passed the final ruling in their favour.

By mid-July, first and second rank creditors received LTL 934 million out of the collected funds disbursed to them by the Bankruptcy administrator of Snoras under court-approved creditor claims. Payments to creditors are made regularly under the court-approved payment schedule as soon as invested funds mature.

'In any bankruptcy process it is extremely important to realise the remaining assets and property promptly as creditors want to recover their funds sooner rather than later. Two billion litas recovered for the benefit of Snoras creditors is a significant amount showing that the selected asset realisation strategy has yielded excellent results and the bankruptcy process has progressed smoothly and consistently', says Neil Cooper, Bankruptcy Administrator of Snoras.

In the first half of the year, the Bankruptcy administrator of Snoras successfully sold two exclusive apartments owned by Snoras in the Old Town of Vilnius as well as a building in Zirmunai neighbourhood of Vilnius. In Latvia, a buyer was found for the former headquarters of Krajbanka in Riga. As the real estate market continues to recover, the sales of other real estate properties owned by the bank and foreclosed have also been successful.

As before, auctions for the movable property of Snoras take place every week. The first auction successfully sold four pieces from the collection of paintings owned by the bank.

In June, the Vilnius Regional Court satisfied the claim of the Bankruptcy administrator of Snoras and ruled in its favour ordering the family of former shareholder Vladimir Antonov to repay over LTL 20 million to the bank in outstanding loan, delay interest and loan interest. Till now the adjudicated sum is not returned to the bank.

The Bankruptcy administrator of Snoras is continuing the sale of the loan portfolio, the largest asset of the bank, and is holding talks over the sale of the Finasta banking group. While the Bank of Lithuania was conducting background checks on Mokilizingas which bid for Finasta for the consortium of LHV Group and Zabolis Partners, more bidders expressed interest in the Finasta Group and joined the process, including Norwegian investment company Netfonds Holding.

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Source: ENP Newswire

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