The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) notes the completion of Xinja Bank’s return of deposits process, following the transfer of the remaining tail of deposits to National Australia Bank (NAB).
This was the first time an Australian ADI had undertaken a return of deposits to its customers.
Xinja began returning deposits to its customers on 16 December last year, after announcing it intended to cease being a bank and hand back its authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI) licence to APRA. At the time of its announcement, Xinja had 37,884 customers with 54,357 individual deposits worth more than $252 million.
APRA has closely monitored the return of deposits process, which saw all but a small percentage of Xinja deposits transferred to other banking institutions over the past month. Xinja today completed the process by voluntarily transferring the remaining 4,176 accounts (with a total deposit value of $65,809) to NAB. Xinja deposits have been transferred into new NAB accounts or customers’ existing NAB accounts, where applicable. Both Xinja and NAB have contacted affected customers to advise them of the transfer.
APRA formally approved the transfer of deposits to NAB using its powers under the Financial Sector (Transfer and Restructure) Act 1999 and Banking Act 1959. Xinja will relinquish its banking licence formally to APRA in the next few weeks.
Xinja customers whose deposits have been transferred to NAB can elect to leave their funds there, or transfer them to another bank of their choice. Customers seeking more information about their deposits or the transfer of deposits process should contact NAB (www.nab.com.au/contact-us).