Russian, UAE banks agree on sale of Turkish lender

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Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, will sell its entire 99.85 percent stake in Turkey’s fifth-largest private bank Denizbank to Dubai’s Emirates NBD, according to a joint statement.

“In accordance with the signed agreement, the consideration for 99.85 percent equals 14.6 billion Turkish liras ($3.1 billion) under a locked box mechanism, based on consolidated equity capital of Denizbank as of Oct. 31, 2017,” the statement read.

It said Emirates NBD will pay interest on the consideration for the period between Oct. 31, 2017 and the transaction closing date. As part of the transaction, Emirates NBD will assume ownership of Denizbank’s subordinated debt previously provided by Sberbank.

Herman Gref, Sberbank’s CEO, said in the statement: “Denizbank is one of the most attractive assets in the Turkish banking sector. We highly value the management team and the results achieved during our ownership of Denizbank since 2012.

“The decision to sell Denizbank is prompted by a change in Sberbank Group’s international strategy and will allow us to focus further on the development of ecosystem of Sberbank.”

Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, vice chairman and managing director of Emirates NBD, said through the transaction, Emirates NBD will establish itself as a “leading” bank in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey.

Shayne Nelson, group CEO of Emirates NBD, said the transaction represents a “significant milestone” for Emirates NBD and is expected to benefit shareholders in the first year.

Source: Anadolu

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