Hungary’s OTP Bank closes acquisition of Societe Generale’s Bulgarian unit

Hungary’s OTP Bank said on January 16 that it has closed the acquisition of 99.74 per cent in Societe Generale Expressbank and several other Bulgarian subsidiaries of the French banking group.

OTP Bank’s statement did not disclose the financial details of the deal, but one Bulgarian media report claimed that the price paid by the Hungarian group was one billion leva, or about 511 million euro.

The deal, announced in August 2018, also included Societe Generale’s leasing, factoring and life insurance subsidiaries in Bulgaria. It secured central bank approval in November 2018.

SG Expressbank was Bulgaria’s seventh-largest and operated both in the retail and corporate segments of the market. AS a result of the acquisition, OTP Group would further strengthen its market position in Bulgaria, the Hungarian group said.

OTP Bank already owns Banka DSK in Bulgaria. It said that the integration process was expected to be completed in 2020.

Banka DSK was Bulgaria’s second-largest lender at the end of September, with assets of 12.86 billion leva, while SG Expressbank had 6.57 billion leva in assets. After the merger, the new entity would vie for top spot with UniCredit Bulbank, whose assets stood at 19.15 billion leva at the end of September.

(Photo: Societe Generale Expressbank)



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