The government has recovered 90% of the £20 billion it paid to bail out Lloyds

Lloyds Banking Group chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio, as the bank has said he did not break company expenses policy during a trip to Singapore.Jonathan Brady PA Wire/PA ImagesLloyds Banking Group CEO Antonio Horta-Osorio.

LONDON — The government cut its stake in bailed-out bank Lloyds to under 5% on Monday and announced it has recovered over 90% of the money it put into the lender during the financial crisis.

The government was forced to bail out Lloyds, along with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), in 2008 during the financial crisis. Lloyds received £20.3 billion ($25.4 billion) of taxpayer assistance in total and the government owned a 43.4% stake in the lender at its peak.

The Treasury announced on Monday that the latest stake sale means the government has now recovered £18.5 billion since the bailout, just over 91% of the total invested. All proceeds go towards reducing the national debt.

City minister Simon Kirby says in a statement on Monday: “Since our decision to sell the Government’s stake in Lloyds we have recovered over 90% of the money taxpayers injected into the bank during the financial crisis‎. This represents real progress and I am delighted that we are on track to return Lloyds to private ownership.”

While the government has made good progress reducing its investment in Lloyds, it is a different story with RBS. The taxpayer still owns over 70% of the lender and attempts to reduce the stake have been repeatedly delayed by legal issues in the US and poor profitability.

The government wrote down the value of its stake in RBS twice last year and the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast that the taxpayer will make a £22 billion loss on the sell-off of RBS.

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