UniCredit completes sale of Turkey's Yapi Kredi

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MILAN, April 1 (Reuters) - UniCredit (CRDI.MI) has finalised the sale of its remaining 18% stake in Turkey's Yapi Kredi Bank (YKBNK.IS) to Istanbul-listed Koc Holding (KCHOL.IS), Italy's second-biggest lender said on Friday.

The transaction, which was announced in November, allows the Italian bank to complete its exit from Turkey's third-biggest lender, UniCredit said without disclosing financial terms of the deal.

The closing of the transaction is expected to improve UniCredit's CET1 capital ratio by mid to high single-digit percentage points in the second quarter of 2022, the bank said.

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UniCredit had said in November that it expected its best-quality capital to gain a low to mid single-digit uplift, adding that it would receive 300 million euros ($332 million) from the sale. read more

Koc Holding and UniCredit agreed in 2019 to unwind the joint venture through which they jointly controlled Yapi with a near 82% overall stake.

The move handed UniCredit a direct 31.9% stake, of which 12% was sold in February 2020.

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Reporting by Francesca Landini Editing by David Goodman

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