Permanent TSB

Permanent TSB Group Holdings plc
Public company
Traded as ISEQ: IL0A
Industry Financial services
Founded 1884
Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Key people
Jeremy Masding (CEO)
Alan Cook (Chairman of the Board)
Products banking, asset management
Revenue €694 million (2015)[1]
€ (399) million (2015)[1]
€ (425) million(2015)[1]

Permanent TSB Group Holdings plc, formerly Irish Life and Permanent plc (Irish: Cuideachta Bheatha na hÉireann) is a provider of personal financial services in Ireland.


The company is historically derived from three different companies:

It trades under the names:

Irish Life Assurance

Irish Life was a life assurance company created in 1939 with state assistance and concentrated on life assurance and investment products.[2]

were amalgamated.[2]

Later some British companies shed their Irish operations, and merged them into this new company. They were:[2]

Shares in the business were finally sold to the public in July 1991.[2] In 1965 Irish Life entered the UK market and competed against its former parent, initially under its own name.[2]

In 1999, Irish Life Assurance plc and the Irish Permanent Building Society merged to form the Irish Life and Permanent Group.[3] In March 2012, Irish Life Assurance was sold to the Irish State for €1.3 billion as part of a bank recapitalisation program following the Irish financial crisis.[4]

Irish Permanent Building Society

Permanent TSB, previously the Irish Permanent Building Society, was founded as The Irish Temperance Permanent Benefit Building Society which was founded in 1884.[3] In 1940 under new managing director Edmund Farrell its name was changed to Irish Permanent Building Society. Farrell, and later his son, Edmund Farrell Jnr managed the building society until about 1990.[5]
In 1992 Irish Permanent Finance, specialising in auto finance, was established.[3]
In 1992 branch operations were opened in London and Belfast.[3]
In 1992 a Banking subsidiary established in the Isle of Man.[3]
In 1994 the Irish private banking operation of Guinness & Mahon was acquired.[3]
In 1996 Capital Home Loans a UK mortgage lender was acquired.[3]

It was a mutual organisation, jointly owned by those saving and borrowing. It demutualised to form a plc on 21 September 1994. Irish Permanent was a predominantly personal banking and mortgage company which currently does business in the name of permanent tsb because of the 2001 acquisition of the Irish Trustee Savings Bank from the Government of Ireland.[3]

Trustee Savings Bank

The origins of the TSB Bank date back to 1816 when the first Irish Savings Bank was established in Waterford.[6] Shortly afterwards, savings banks were established in Cork, Dublin, Monaghan and Limerick. The Dublin and Monaghan banks merged in 1977, followed by the amalgamation of the Cork and Limerick banks in 1986. In 1988, Waterford was incorporated into the Dublin bank and finally, in 1992, Cork and Limerick Savings Bank amalgamated with Trustee Savings Bank Dublin, to form TSB Bank. It was purchased by Irish Life and Permanent from the Government of Ireland in 2001.[3]

Recent history

During the Irish banking crisis the group was split. The profitable Irish Life Group was purchased by the government for €1.3 billion, and subsequently sold to Great-west Lifeco in July 2013.[7] The bank received a further €2.7 billion of capital from the Irish State,[8] bringing it into majority state ownership.[3]

The Group has over one million customers in Ireland. The chief executive of Irish Life & Permanent was Kevin Murphy, who succeeded Denis Casey in that capacity in May 2009.[9] He retired in June 2013. In March 2011 during the Irish banking crisis the bank was said to be in need of an external €4.0 billion bailout.[10] This view is disputed by shareholders.[11]

In February 2011 SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB) acquired Irish Life International Ltd (ILI), so it now operates under the corporate name Life International Assurance Company Limited.[12]

On 19 February 2013, Great-West Lifeco of Canada, announced its acquisition of the Irish Life Group for €1.3 Billion. This was disputed by the shareholders. The Supreme Court gave its judgement on 9 July 2013,[13] rejecting the shareholders' application to delay the sale, pending the hearing of their challenge of the sale. This was heard on 21 January 2014.[14] and concluded on 13 February 2014. Judgement was reserved and on 15 August 2014 the case was referred to Europe.[15][16]

In October 2016, the US bank Cerberus Capital Management bought the UK loan book.[17]

See also

External links


  1. 1 2 3 "Annual report 2015" (PDF). Permanent TSB. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Cummings, David (2007). Handbook of International Insurance: Between Global Dynamics and Local Contingencies. Springer. p. 573. ISBN 978-0387341620.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Group History". Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  4. "Government buys Irish Life for €1.3 billion". RTÉ. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  5. "How the Farrell dynasty built up the Irish Permanent". Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  6. "Seanad Éireann - 23/Jun/1965 Trustee Savings Bank Bill, 1965: Second and Subsequent Stages.". Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  7. "Great-West Lifeco completes acquisition of Irish Life" (PDF). Irish Life Group. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  8. "No new matters allowed in PTSB recapitalisation challenge". The Independent. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  9. "Irish Life & Permanent appoints Kevin Murphy as new chief executive- – Irish Times". Irish Times. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  10. "Banks need fresh €24 billion – Central Bank". RTÉ News. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  11. Skoczylas, Piotr. "ptsb Bank does NOT NEED anywhere close to €4bn extra capital". Website for Shareholders of Irish Life & Permanent Group Holdings plc (IL&P). Scotchstone Capital Fund. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  12. "Sweden's SEB Life buys Irish Life International for €26m". The Irish Times. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  13. "Great-West Lifeco update on Irish Life transaction". Canada NewsWire. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  14. "PTSB shareholders take on minister". Irish Examiner. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  15. Hosford, Paul (15 August 2014). "Was it legal? High Court refers PTSB bail-out case to Europe". The Journal. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  16. Managh, Ray (15 August 2014). "Judge to seek EU ruling on bank shareholders' challenge". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  17. "PTSB completes sale of UK loan book to Cerberus". RTE. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
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