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Greek Banks Ask Investors to Take Uncertain Leap of Faith

  • Lenders initiate book-buildings to cover stress test shortfall
  • Government still at loggerheads with creditors over bailout
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Greek bank investors are being asked to inject new funds into the lenders for the second time in less than 20 months, even as doubt remains that the country will receive the next round of bailout funds.

The National Bank of Greece SA and Eurobank Ergasias SA joined Piraeus Bank SA and Alpha Bank AE on Thursday in starting book-building processes as they seek to fill part of 14.4 billion-euro ($15.5 billion) hole in their accounts identified by the European Central Bank. The state-owned Hellenic Financial Stability Fund will contribute the rest from loans from Greece’s latest bailout, but not before imposing mandatory losses or "burden sharing” on shareholders and creditors of the banks.