HONG KONG/BANGKOK Sept 2 Siam Commercial Bank
, Thailand's third-largest lender, is in talks to sell a
25 percent stake in its life insurance business SCB Life
Assurance PCL, people familiar with the matter told
Siam Commercial Bank is mostly in discussions with Japanese
insurers, though no deal is imminent, they added, declining to
be identified as the plans were confidential.
The stake sale could fetch about $600 million based on SCB
Life's current market value of $2.4 billion.
Siam Commercial Bank's planned sale comes three years after
it bought out New York Life from a life insurance joint venture
for 8.4 billion baht ($262 million).
The bank, which owns a 94.7 percent stake in SCB Life,
declined to comment.
(1 US dollar = 32.0200 Thai baht)
(Reporting by Denny Thomas in HONG KONG, Manunphattr
Dhanananphorn and Khettiya Jittapong in BANGKOK; Editing by Ryan