LONDON Oct 3 At least three potential bidders
are casting an eye over a 3-billion-pound ($4.8 billion)
portfolio of property loans that could be sold by Royal Bank of
Scotland (RBS.L), the Sunday Times reported.
U.S. bank Goldman Sachs (GS.N), U.S. distressed debt
specialist Lone Star and private equity firm Blackstone are all
considering bids, the newspaper said, without citing sources.
First round bids are expected to be submitted within the
next two weeks, it added.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) declined to comment, though a
source with knowledge of the matter said the Edinburgh-based
bank had not made any decision concerning the sale of the
The three potential bidders were either not immediately
available for comment, or could not immediately be reached for
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Mark Potter; Editing by Jon