Bendigo Bank says no to BOQ merger

Bank of QueenslandÆs attempts to create a ôbig small bankö in Australia are halted by a rebuff from Bendigo BankÆs board.

More than a month after Bank of Queensland launched its A$2.7 billion $2.2 billion takeover bid for Bank of Bendigo, the Victoria-based community bank has rejected the proposal. The merger would have brought together two smaller regional banks in Australia to create a larger bank with 575 branches and a capitalisation of around A$4.25 billion.

Under the proposal, Bendigo Bank shareholders were to receive 0.748 Bank of Queensland shares and A$5.50 for each of their Bendigo Bank shares. Based on...

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