The Royal Bank of Scotland RBS has posted the largest annual loss in British corporate history of $34.4 billion, or 24.14 billion pounds, for 2008.
It unveiled a massive restructuring program that will hive off many of its international businesses.
The bank also confirmed in Thursday's earnings report that it will offload toxic assets into a government insurance program. It has already been part-nationalized under bailout packages worth more than 20 billion pounds.
The huge annual loss compares with a 7.3 billion pound profit in 2007.
The bank's revenue fell 15% to 25.87 billion pounds.
RBS Chief Executive Stephen Hester — who replaced Fred Goodwin after he resigned in the wake of the once strong bank's financial downfall — says that the bank is "charting a path to standalone strength."