Bank of East Asia takes 75% stake in FPB Bank

The move lifts Bank of East Asia''s asset base above the $20 billion threshold required by Beijing for foreign banks to establish new branch offices on the mainland.

Bank of East Asia 23 announced on November 20 that it had struck a deal with the controlling shareholders of FPB Bank 717 to acquire their combined 75% stake. The 1.5 times book value price tag equates to HK$3.50 $0.45 per FPB Bank share and is higher-than-expected. Bank of East Asia will also launch a general offer to acquire all the remaining shares at the same price.

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