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Bangkok Bank enhances regional position with takeover of Indonesia's Permata

Dec 12. 2019
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Bangkok Bank Plc announced today (December 12) its entry into a conditional share purchase agreement with Standard Chartered Bank (Standard Chartered) and PT Astra International Tbk (Astra) to acquire their aggregate 89.12 per cent shareholding in Indonesian bank PT Bank Permata Tbk (Permata).

Transaction is expected to close within 2020, according to a Bangkok Bank statement.

The bank anticipates conducting a mandatory tender offer for the remaining 10.88 per cent stake in Permata following the completion of its acquisition of the 89.12 per cent stake.

The transaction will be effected on the basis of an agreed valuation of a 1.77 times multiple of Permata's book value (subject to certain adjustments).

This implies, on the basis of Permata's book value as at 30 September 2019, an indicative purchase price of 1,498 rupiah per share and an indicative transaction value of 37,430,974 million rupiah (approximately US$2,674 million or Bt81,017 million) for an 89.12 per cent stake at 42,001,080 million rupiah(approximately US$3,000 million or Bt90,909 million) for a 100 per cent stake.

The price payable for the 89.12 per cent stake in Permata will be finalised on the basis of a 1.77 times multiple of Permata's book value (subject to certain adjustments), as set out in the last financial statements published by Permata prior to the closing of the transaction.

Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions precedent including regulatory approvals from the Bank of Thailand and Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK) and approval of the Bangkok Bank's general meeting of shareholders.

The acquisition will be financed via a combination of internal resources and Bangkok Bank's routine funding activities.

The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Bangkok Bank's earnings per share and return on equity immediately post-completion, while the bank's capital position is expected to remain robust following the transaction.

Bangkok Bank has the most extensive international network among Thai banks, with a presence in 14 international economies, and loans made through this network accounting for 17 per cent of its total loans.

Over the years, it has adopted a strategy of connecting the region to support its clients in their overseas expansion, and the bank's international network has been an important factor in the continued growth of its business.

Permata is one of the leading commercial banks in Indonesia, with a sizeable presence across customer segments. With its leading retail deposit franchise and best-in-class digital capabilities, and led by its seasoned management team, Permata is well poised for growth post the recent restructuring.

The acquisition of Permata underlines the Bangkok Bank's commitment to Indonesia, having been present here since 1968, and will further strengthen the Bangkok Bank's position as a regional player with strong positioning in Thailand and Indonesia, the two largest markets in Asean.

Piti Sithi-Amnuai, Chairman of Bangkok Bank, said, "International expansion is our key strategy. Indonesia in particular is a key focus for us, as it is one of the fastest-growing major economies in Asia with highly attractive macroeconomic fundamentals, favorable demographics, and increasing Asean regional integration".

Chartsiri Sophonpanich, President of Bangkok Bank, said: "Based on our first hand experience in Indonesia and deep understanding of the banking sector, we believe the Indonesian banking sector is poised to continue delivering attractive growth while maintaining healthy margins. Permata offers us a solid scalable platform with capabilities that complement our strategic objectives, including an extensive distribution network, a strong retail deposit franchise and brand, and advanced digital capabilities. We look forward to working with and supporting Permata's management and employees to take Permata to the next level."

Permata is currently the 12th largest bank in Indonesia by total assets, the acquisition by Bangkok Bank will allow it to tap Bangkok Bank's expertise in corporate and SME banking, strong network and relationships with top corporates across Asia, as well as cross-border product and sectorial expertise.

Bangkok Bank will continue to support Permata's customers by delivering high quality products and services, and promoting financial inclusion and financial literacy.

The bank is also committed to supporting corporates and SMEs across industries, including the agriculture and automotive sectors, in achieving their business goals.

"There are clear synergistic opportunities between the two platforms. With our broad presence in Asia, Bangkok Bank will bring cross-border capabilities across key Asian markets to Permata's clients, which will be important given increasing regional integration, within Asean and with the Greater China region. I am also very pleased to see Astra remaining supportive of continuing the existing business and extending the relationship between Permata and Astra Group across platforms and products" Chartsiri added.

Bangkok Bank is being advised by Morgan Stanley.

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