EBS mortgage customers currently suffering negative equity can forget about having their debt forgiven as part of a takeover deal for the beleaguered building society, The Sunday Tribune reports.
A “senior source” close to the bidding process described the speculation as “absolute rubbish”.
Irish Life & Permanent, the only trade bidder for EBS, is still believed to be ahead in the race but there is also interest from a number of private investment consortia. A preferred bidder could be announced as early as this week.
EBS announces its interim results on Tuesday. The accounts are expected to show large losses – the building society has taken a cumulative writedown of 38% on Nama transfers of €1bn.