UPDATE 1-CNP Assurances in talks to buy BTG Pactual insurer stake - sources
(Adds statement from BTG Pactual confirming talks to sell Pan Seguros)
By Pamela Barbaglia and Tatiana Bautzer
LONDON/SAO PAULO Jan 12 (Reuters) - French insurer CNP Assurances has entered exclusive talks with Grupo BTG Pactual SA to buy its 51 percent stake in Brazilian insurer Pan Seguros, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
CNP Assurances has offered 1.6 billion Brazilian reais ($396 million) for the stake, outbidding major insurers including Axa and MetLife, one of the sources said.
In a statement on Tuesday, BTG Pactual confirmed talks to sell Pan Seguros, as well as its insurance broking unit Pan Corretora SA, but did not name a prospective buyer. BTG Pactual is selling assets to raise cash in the wake of the arrest last year of its founder Andre Esteves.
CNP Assurances declined to comment.
Reuters reported on Monday that BTG Pactual had asked bidders to submit binding offers for its Pan Seguros' majority stake in February.
First round bids in December valued the business, which provides life and home insurance, at between 1 and 1.3 billion Brazilian reais ($300 million), several sources said.
Axa and MetLife submitted the highest offers in the initial bidding round, with rivals Zurich, Assicurazioni Generali and U.S.-based Liberty Mutual also taking part, one of the sources said. Continuación...