RBS: Those Libor Fines Don’t Pay For Themselves!

Like many of its peers in the banking world, RBS used to make a habit of manipulating Libor (among other things). And, as recent reports suggest, the Royalest Bank of Scotland is probably going to be forced to cough up £300m (and fire a couple execs) to convince the government everyone is very sorry and it won’t happen again. How does the bank, which has not had a money-making quarter since the financial crisis,* plan to come up with the cash? By 1) taking back bonuses that were already paid out to people who were involved in the scandal and 2) reducing everyone‘s bonus this year.

The part state-owned bank is expected to face a worse punishment than the $450 million paid by rival Barclays following an investigation into the alleged manipulation of the London interbank offered rate (Libor) and other benchmark rates, said the source, who declined to be named. RBS plans to set aside over 100 million pounds ($161 million), mostly by reducing bonuses but also by clawing back past bonus payments paid to those implicated in the affair, the source said. Last year, the bank paid its investment bankers bonuses totaling 390 million pounds.

Probably goes without saying that birthday chickens are out until further notice.

RBS to slash bonuses to pay Libor fines: source [Reuters]
RBS Brass In Rate Spotlight [WSJ]
RBS Libor Fine Could Be £300m, Two Executives Under Pressure To Resign [HPB]
*Is there a reason not to just pack it in at this point? What are they trying to prove here?

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26 Responses to “RBS: Those Libor Fines Don’t Pay For Themselves!”

  1. Panda says:

    1st post fiscal cliff paycheck makes me a sad, sad, panda.

  2. Honda of Stamford says:

    They can't claw back cars, can they?

  3. Beamer's says:

    That's why we've been getting coins lately.

  4. Hourican's CPA says:

    "The bank is also considering whether two senior executives should be asked to quit when the settlement is announced. John Hourican, head of RBS's investment bank, and Peter Nielsen, head of markets, could be asked to step down."

    But we're OK! We sold out in 2012!

    "Mr Hourican, the head of global banking and markets at RBS, sold 17.6m shares on Wednesday at a price of 27p, netting him £4.77m.

    Mr Hourican was granted the share option back in 2009, just months after RBS had to be rescued with £45.5bn of direct state support and hundreds of billions of pounds of taxpayer loans and guarantees.

    The shares sold on Wednesday equal just over 80pc of 21.3m shares granted to him three years ago as part of a controversial multi-million pound pay package.

    He still has several million RBS shares and options as part of subsequent payouts. In March 2010, Mr Hourican received a package worth £7.7m, consisting of £700,000 in salary, a short-term bonus of 15.5m shares worth £5.9m at the time, as well as a further 1.6m shares as part of a longer-term performance award worth £770,000."

  5. Guest says:

    Don't just stare at it, eat it!

  6. Best Cosplays EVER! says:

    Did Shazar's chihuahua eat the DB IT hamster? There are only two articles on the front page, this one and that freaking King of the Nerds sponsored posting. Either feed that poor hamster better or make the goddamn dog spin the wheel!

  7. pazzo83 says:

    "Last year, the bank paid its investment bankers bonuses totaling 390 million pounds."

    Ah, I remember my slimmer days…

    – M Moore

  8. Guest says:

    Isn't it really a "part not-state-owned bank"?

  9. 2_Small_2_Bail says:

    We're going back to our roots to try to turn this thing around. We're going to give everyone steeds, jousting sticks, and armor for a bonus this year to remind them of a simpler time….wait, no money for that? OK scrap that…we'll just have everyone run at each other with their putters.

    -RBS Comp Committee

  10. Disgruntled Guest says:

    Fix the website you lazy bums

  11. guest says:

    This job is not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s just too damn hard to scratch out a living. It is Fryday so I am leaving early to get basted.

    RBS Chicken

  12. sohbet says:

    telling these little stories, here's a good idea: Have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener.

  13. sohbet says:

    officers to investigate Blackstone's fishy financial transactions, but they wound up giving them