Lloyds Tests U.K. Utility Industry Exposure as Corbyn Risk Looms

The last time Labour politicians governed Britain, they took a swathe of the banking industry into public ownership to avoid its collapse. More than a decade later, banks are growing worried about the party’s latest promise to nationalize utility firms -- a policy that could trigger a fresh set of multibillion pound losses, Bloomberg News reported. Lloyds Banking Group Plc, one of the country’s largest business lenders, has multiple exposures to the utility sector through swaps, derivatives and revolving credit facilities, according to people with knowledge of the matter. While Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour has promised to honor the debts of any businesses it takes into public hands, executives at Lloyds have worked on scenarios under which a future government nationalizes the utilities at less than market value, said the people, who asked not to be named. Read more