Six of the seven loans Greensil Capital gave to the Sanzibugupta business empire were offered on the same day, new documents show: six loans cost taxpayers up to £ 240m. The loan by Greensill only a few days later was so worrisome to the authorities that it could take so much that it would suspend everything with government support.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government announced that it would support loans to large corporations under the Coronavirus Large Enterprise Suspension Loan Scheme (CLBILS).
Authorized lenders, including Greensill, have been allowed to provide businesses with loans of up to £ 50m ($ 69m).
However, without special permission, they were banned from giving corporate groups more than £ 50m by lending to various subsidiaries.
This was revealed to Greensill in May when the British Business Bank explained using another steel company as an example. “British Steel is a group with a £ 50m limit, not a £ 50m facility limit. Per subsidiary.”
Green Sill even applied to lift this restriction, but was refused.
Still, all but one of the companies Green Sill lent were part of the GFG Alliance, which included Liberty Steel.
GFG is a rare collection in that the company is linked through ownership by Gupta and his family, but it is not officially part of the group.
In total, GFG’s companies have paid £ 350m ($ 482m) for all seven CLBILS loans from Greensill.
This represents all but one of the CLBILS loans paid by Greensil.
The final green sill loan was given to a company whose directors worked for a GFG company.
Currently, all but one of these seven loans to GFG was granted on September 30, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO).
Just two days later, it flagged the British Business Bank, which oversaw the plan.
By October 13, authorities had reduced the amount Green Sill could lend under the scheme to zero.
Authorities were concerned that Greensill may have violated the rules of the loan scheme by offering multiple loans to GFG Alliance companies.
Greensil denied cheating.
However, in a meeting with banking officials on October 13, Greensill said he had “received a’political steering’that support for the steel industry was welcomed.”
The UK Business Bank acknowledges that in the case of Green Sill, as the report does, applying a less streamlined process could further question the application of Green Sill. I will.
The bank told NAO that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has shown an “abnormal” level of interest in Greensil’s accreditation.
In an email dated June 9, 2020, a BEIS official said, “Unfortunately, Spads are backing up and asking for information on when Greensill will be certified to offer loans up to £ 200m. I will. “
Spud is a special adviser appointed by a minister with a political role.
Unusually, all of Greensill’s CLBILS loans were targeted at the maximum amount allowed under this scheme.
Banks were able to provide up to £ 50m in government-sponsored loans, but few.
In fact, the largest CLBILS loans were only 17 out of 698, 8 of which were from Greensill.
The remaining nine loans that reached the maximum were issued by five different lenders. The average CLBILS loan amount was £ 3 million ($ 4.1 million).
The report also revealed that Greensill had sought a £ 500 million ($ 690 million) loan from the UK Export Finance Agency, a government agency.
UKEF rejected the application, fearing the press surrounding Greensil and whether the proposal was in line with its goals.
It has been revealed that David Cameron, who worked for Greensill in recent months, sent dozens of texts to ministers and civil servants early in the pandemic.
He encouraged Greensill to be granted access to another Bank of England-backed loan scheme.
The Audit Office would take time to question Greensill’s claim before certifying a lender if the UK Business Bank wasn’t too rushed to get money from the door during the pandemic. I said it might be.
These claims include claims about “loan default rates”. Exposure to a particular borrower and product type. And its business model and ethical standards. Each was the subject of pre-certification coverage, “NAO said.
It gave the bank credit that it picked up a potential breach shortly after the loan was made.
Catherine Luis La Torre, CEO of British Business Bank, said: “The British Business Bank, like the report, acknowledges that in the case of Green Sill, applying an unrationalized process could further question the application of Green Sill.
“But the less streamlined accreditation process can be longer, fewer lenders accredited, and fewer companies receiving the significant funding they need.”
Graham by august