Lucio Tan may snap up 76% of PNB

The Philippine government will decide on Friday whether to sell its 30% stake in the Philippines'' largest troubled lender to its biggest shareholder.

Lucio Tan could soon be the proud owner of Philippine National Bank. Tycoon Tan put in a bid to buy the governmentÆs 30.4% stake in PNB, PhilippinesÆs fourth largest lender, for Ps6.27 billion $140 million. He was the sole bidder for the governmentÆs stake on 18 July. The nationÆs privatization committee and the central bank are due to vote on his bid on Friday, analysts say, and Tan is not expected to lose.

TanÆs offer values the...

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