Emboldened by $5.2 bln Brazil deal, HSBC drags feet in Turkey -sources
By Nevzat Devranoglu and Asli Kandemir
ISTANBUL Aug 28 (Reuters) - HSBC is dragging its feet on the sale of its Turkish business to ING Group, two sources familiar with the matter said, as the bank is no longer in a hurry to exit Turkey after securing a hefty $5.2 billion for its Brazilian unit.
Reuters reported last month that HSBC was set to announce the sale of its loss-making Turkish operation to Dutch lender ING for between $700 million and $750 million, as part of a global drive to cut costs and assets, boost profitability and reduce complexity.
But after agreeing to sell its Brazilian business to Banco Bradesco for a higher-than-expected 17.6 billion reais ($5.2 billion), HSBC appears to be taking a slower tack on its Turkish sale, the sources said on Friday.
"The sale of the Brazilian unit at a good price reduced the urgent pressure for the sale of the Turkish unit," one source said.
"HSBC does not want to lose ING's interest, but by completing the sale ... in another country at a higher multiple to guarantee putting $5 billion in its coffers, it has lessened the pressure and desire to exit Turkey rapidly at a lower multiple."
The other source said, "The process is continuing but the details are taking longer than had been thought."
HSBC did not immediately return requests for comment. A spokeswoman for ING said the company could not comment.
Qatar National Bank, which had shown some preliminary interest in the Turkish assets, may be showing interest again, one of the sources said. The other source, however, said ING remained the only contender. Continuación...