Lloyds Bank has a capital shortfall of 8.6 billion pounds, Britain's banking regulator said on Thursday, a day after the UK government signaled plans to return the part-state owned lender to the private sector.
The Prudential Regulation Authority said the aggregate capital shortfall at five major U.K. banks at the end of 2012 was 27.1 billion pounds, slightly higher than its 25 billion initial estimate in March this year.
In March, the banks had plans to raise 12.5 billion pounds during this year, and the PRA raised this estimate to 13.7 billion on Thursday.
Banks are required to have a core capital buffer equivalent to 7 percent of their risk-weighted assets by December.
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