Central Bank of Ireland warns there could be a 'disorderly failure' of CBL Insurance Europe if it isn't put into administration; CBL Corp yet to announce results; NZX says being in administration doesn't excuse it from listing rules

The Central Bank of Ireland has applied to the Irish High Court to have a provisional administrator appointed to CBL Insurance Europe dac (CBLIE).

The Irish regulator believes CBLIE is in “breach of a number of regulatory requirements and is in a distressed financial position”.

If the company isn’t placed into administration, the Central Bank believes “there could be a disorderly failure of CBLIE”.

CBLIE is owned by CBL Corporation Limited, which is incorporated in New Zealand and listed on the NZX and ASX.

On February 23 it entered into voluntary administration, with its board appointing KordaMentha partners as the company’s administrators.

CBL Corporation’s annual results are expected to be released to the sharemarket today (Tuesday), however there are reports this won’t occur as scheduled due to the company being in administration.

Asked whether this excuses it from reporting its results to the market at all, the NZX Regulation says it cannot comment on CBL specifically.

However it says: “the suspension of an issuer, including in circumstances where it has been placed in to administration, does not release that issuer from its obligations under the listing rules.”

CBL Corporation is not regulated by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, even though another one of its subsidiaries – CBL Insurance Limited – is, and was on February 23 put into interim liquidation.

Central Bank of Ireland: CBLIE unable to address its issues

Coming back to the Central Bank of Ireland, it has applied to appoint KPMG’s Kieran Wallace a provisional administrator of CBLIE.  

It says: “The Central Bank has been engaging with CBLIE over a number of months seeking remediation of its regulatory issues, including the weaknesses in its financial position.

“The Central Bank is of the view that the inability of CBLIE to address these issues has resulted in it being necessary to apply for a provisional administrator to be appointed to CBLIE.

“The Central Bank is of the view that CBLIE has been provided with the opportunity to address the issues concerned and, in the opinion of the Central Bank, they have not been adequately addressed.”

The Bank says the legal grounds under which it has made its application to the High Court include:

  1. The manner in which the business of CBLIE is being or has been conducted has failed to make adequate provision for its debts, including contingent and prospective liabilities.
  2. The business of CBLIE is being or has been so conducted as to jeopardise or prejudice the rights and interests of persons arising under policies issued by CBLIE.
  3. CBLIE has become unable to comply with its regulatory requirements in a material respect.

It says the appointment of the provisional administrator will be done in the public’s interest.

The Central Bank of Ireland confirms existing policies continue to remain in force. However it recommends policies contact the firm to “arrange alternative cover as soon as possible”.