December 30, 2016 / 10:49 AM / 3 years ago

Malaysia's CIMB Group to sell stake in China's Bank of Yingkou

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Malaysian bank CIMB Group Holdings Bhd has agreed to sell its 18.21 percent stake in China’s Bank of Yingkou Co Ltd to investment holding company Shanghai Guozhijie Investment Development Co. Ltd.

The stake is valued at 972 million ringgit ($216.75 million), according to a statement from CIMB Group, Malaysia’s second-largest lender by assets. The all-cash deal is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in 2017.

“Capital requirements for minority investments in other banks such as this has continued to increase, so much so that in time, the returns threshold required to justify this investment will be too high,” CIMB Group Chief Executive Zafrul Aziz said in the statement.

The disposal was in line with the bank’s operating and capital targets, he added.

CIMB Group last month posted a 26.9 percent rise in net profit for the third quarter on cost-cutting measures, flagging stronger loan growth in the months ahead.

For the full statement, refer to: ($1 = 4.4845 ringgit)

Reporting by Emily Chow; Editing by Keith Weir

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