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Danske May Repay LTRO to ECB Before to Denmark, Kolding Says

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Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Danske Bank A/S may keep its Danish longer-term refinancing operations for the full three years and repay some of its similar loans under the European Central Bank program first, Chief Executive Officer Eivind Kolding said.

The ECB LTRO loan “is for us very much a commercial decision,” Kolding said in an interview in Copenhagen today. “We have now to some extent better alternative financing opportunities, so we might repay some of it.”

Danske, Denmark’s largest lender, said today in its 2012 earnings report that it had drawn a total of about 40 billion kroner ($7.3 billion) on ECB’s LTRO facilities by the end of last year. Danske has borrowed 35 billion kroner at the Danish central bank’s LTRO auctions in March and September, the Copenhagen-based lender said.

The terms of the Danish LTRO loans “are a little bit different,” Kolding said. “You can base it on some assets that you can’t fund otherwise. So the Danish we’ll probably keep for a longer time. It’s a three-year program, and we could keep it that long if it makes commercial sense.

To contact the reporter on this story: Frances Schwartzkopff in Copenhagen at fschwartzko1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christian Wienberg at cwienberg@bloomberg.net

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