Bancolombia Purchases HSBC Panama

HSBC Latin America Holdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has entered into an agreement to sell HSBC Bank (Panama) SA to Bancolombia SA for a total consideration of US$2.1bn in cash.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

HSBC Latin America Holdings (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (“HSBC”), has entered into an agreement to sell HSBC Bank (Panama) SA to Bancolombia SA (“Bancolombia”) for a total consideration of US$2.1bn in cash, based upon estimated net asset value at completion of US$700m. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions and is expected to complete by the third quarter of 2013.

The sale represents further progress in HSBC's execution of the strategy set out in May 2011. Commenting on the transaction, Antonio Losada, CEO of HSBC Latin America, said: “This is the 46th sale/closure globally since the start of 2011, and it demonstrates our commitment to the Group strategy for the region, based on our five-filter approach, to concentrate on our core markets of Brazil, Mexico and Argentina”.

As of 30 September 2012, unaudited estimates show HSBC Bank (Panama) SA had approximately US$7.6bn of assets, US$5.7bn of loans and US$5.8bn of deposits, excluding previously announced disposals* and other adjustments.



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