June 29, 2018 / 6:20 PM / 4 months ago

UPDATE 2-Brazil development bank BNDES willing to sell JBS stake -source

(New throughout, adds source with knowledge of matter)

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 29 (Reuters) - Brazilian development bank BNDES is willing to sell its stake in meatpacker JBS SA , one source with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

The development bank had already expressed the intention to sell its stake “for the right price”. But the person, who asked for anonymity to discuss the bank’s strategy freely, denied any ongoing negotiations to sell the 20 percent stake.

Veja magazine reported earlier on Friday that JBS’ controlling shareholder Joesley Batista was negotiating a potential sale of the stake held by the bank to a Qatari sovereign wealth fund. The source with knowledge of the bank’s strategy denied the talks.

BNDES declined to comment on the matter. JBS shares closed up 3.14 percent on Friday, reducing this year’s losses to 6 percent. (Writing by Tatiana Bautzer Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Leslie Adler and David Gregorio)

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