£ Millions20182017
ESOP loan to employees0.20.3

The Group offers interest free loans to employees to purchase company shares under a deferred payment scheme managed through the XP Employees' Share Ownership Plan Trust (ESOP). Under this scheme, payment is deferred until the shares are sold. The shares cannot be sold until four years from the date of acquisition. However, the loan becomes interest bearing after ten years. The Group does not classify a portion of this loan under current assets as the Company cannot predict when the employees will repay their loans.