Russia's Sberbank eyes Turkish Sekerbank-paper
ISTANBUL, March 17
ISTANBUL, March 17 (Reuters) - Russia's largest bank Sberbank SBER03.MM is interested in buying Turkish lender Sekerbank (SKBNK.IS), Vatan newspaper said without saying where it got the information.
Sberbank hired Alessandro Profumo, former chief executive officer of Unicredit (CRDI.MI), to consult on the acquisition, according to the newspaper.
Sberbank is very interested in Turkish acquisition opportunities, but is not in talks over taking stakes in state-run lenders Ziraat or Halkbank (HALKB.IS), Sberbank CEO German Gref said last Friday.
Neither bank was immediately available for comment.
Sekerbank, which means sugar bank and was founded in 1953 to pool the savings of cooperative sugar growers, is 34 percent owned by BTA Bank of Kazakhstan, 34 percent owned by its own pension fund, with the remaining 32 percent publically traded. The private sugar and beetroot factories co-operative retains a stake of 0.08 percent. (Writing by Seda Sezer; Editing by Hans Peters)