RPT-RBS in talks to sell $800 mln shipping loan - sources

Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:18am EST

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LONDON Nov 11 (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland is in talks to sell a shipping loan worth close to $800 million as part of moves to scale down exposure to the seaborne industry, sources familiar with matter said on Monday.

The sources said RBS was looking to sell its outstanding loan in U.S.-headquartered dry bulk group Eagle Bulk Shipping . RBS declined to comment. Eagle Bulk was not immediately available for comment.

RBS, 81 percent owned by the UK taxpayer, is one of several European banks trying to slash their shipping loans as they cut their balance sheets to become less risky, and tougher regulations require them to hold more capital, making loans less profitable.

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