Russia's Nomos starts share offering to fund Otkritie deal
MOSCOW Oct 3 (Reuters) - Banking group Nomos is offering 21.8 million new shares to existing investors partly to fund the acquisition of a stake in rival Otkritie, the company said in a statement.
The shares would be worth 18 billion roubles ($559 million) at current prices, according to Reuters calculations.
Otkritie and Nomos announced a deal in 2012 where Otkritie would take over Nomos. They later amended the plans in favour of Nomos taking a controlling stake in Otkritie.
Otkritie Financial Corp is owned by its directors, state bank VTB and Anatoly Chubais, an architect of Russia's post-Soviet privatisations.
Nomos said in a statement that it was launching a pre-emptive rights period for its shareholders to participate in the issue. Pre-emptive rights give ordinary shareholders the right to maintain their percentage stake in a company by being able to buy enough shares in any new issue.
It will announce the results of the offering at the end of October.
($1 = 32.2147 Russian roubles) (Reporting by Olga Popova; writing by Megan Davies. Editing by Jane Merriman)
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