Santander makes €4.7 billion bid for Brazil unit

Spanish banking giant Santander on Tuesday launched a bid to take full ownership of its Brazilian unit in an all-share deal worth up to €4.7 billion ($6.5 billion).

Santander makes €4.7 billion bid for Brazil unit
Banco Santander's Spanish chairman Emilio Botin at the annual shareholders meeting in the northern Spanish city of Santander on March 28th. File photo: Rafa Rivas/AFP

Santander, the largest bank in the eurozone by market value, already owns 75 percent of Banco Santander Brasil but now wants to snap up the rest.

It planned to pay for the remaining 25 percent stake by issuing 665 million new Santander shares.

"The offer reflects Banco Santander's confidence in Brazil and its Brazilian subsidiary as well as the latter's long-term growth potential," the bank said in a statement.

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The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, offers existing shareholders a 20 percent premium on the closing price of the Brazilian unit's shares, it added.

Banco Santander's shares would be listed on the Sao Paulo stock exchange, it said.

Brazil accounted for a fifth of Santander's net profit in the first quarter, the same share as its British unit.

Santander posted Tuesday a first-quarter net profit of €1.3 billion, an 8.1-percent increase over the same year-ago period.

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