Bank of Cyprus rejects Lone Star's takeover proposal

A passenger makes a transaction at a branch of Bank of Cyprus at the departures building of Larnaca Airport in Larnaca, Cyprus April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou/File Photo

Aug 19 (Reuters) - Private equity firm Lone Star said on Friday its cash proposal to buy Bank of Cyprus Holdings PLC (BOCH.CY) was rejected by the lender's board.

Shares in the Cyprus-based firm, which are up about 11% so far this year, closed at around 1.14 euros on Thursday. Bank of Cyprus currently has a market cap of 524.3 million euros ($526.66 million), according to Refinitiv.

U.S.-based Lone Star, which invests in real estate, equity, credit and other financial assets globally, said it offered 1.51 euros ($1.52) per share for the bank.

The takeover proposal was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Last year, the bank agreed to sell a portfolio of non-performing loans and some real estate properties to Allianz's Pimco for around 385 million euros.

($1 = 0.9955 euros)

Reporting by Manya Saini in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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