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Virgin Money profits erased by coronavirus provision

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05/06/2020 | 02:59am EDT
Signage is seen outside a branch of Virgin Money in Manchester

Virgin Money swung to a first-half loss after setting aside 232 million pounds to handle loans likely to turn sour as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The bank, which became the UK's sixth-largest lender following a merger with CYBG, reported a pre-tax loss of 4 million pounds for the six months ended March 31, compared to a 50 million pounds profit a year earlier.

The pre-tax loss was in line with expectations, according to an average of analyst forecasts compiled by the company.

The provisions echo similar moves by Britain's biggest banks RBS, Lloyds, HSBC and Barclays, who set aside 6.7 billion pounds in provisions for likely loan losses last week. The government imposed a lockdown in late March to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, bringing the economy to a near halt and making it tougher for some businesses and consumers to pay back loans on time. Virgin Money, which is in the midst of rebranding, said it had entered the crisis from a position of strength, but warned it anticipated "limited customer demand for lending and an increase in the number of customers suffering challenges" over the next six months.The bank - which has lost more than 60% of its market value this year amid a heavy sell-off of lender stocks - reported a core capital buffer of 13.4%, above expectations of 12.8%.

(This story corrects provision to 232 million pounds from 237 million pounds)

(Reporting by Iain Withers, Additional reporting by Muvija M; Editing by Sinead Cruise)

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