The Wall Street Journal reported on April 13 that Southeast Asia’s largest lender got approval to buy as much as 40 percent of Danamon and will be allowed to build a majority stake later if it meets corporate governance and financial health standards. No decision has been made, Bank Indonesia spokesman Difi Johansyah said in a text message today.
DBS is seeking to acquire 99 percent of Danamon for 66.4 trillion rupiah ($6.8 billion), including the equivalent of 45.2 trillion rupiah to be paid to Temasek Holdings Pte, Singapore’s state-owned investment company, for its 67.4 percent stake.
The sale, announced a year ago, has stalled as Indonesia’s central bank considers approval while seeking greater access for its own lenders in Singapore. The acquisition would help DBS gain access to more profitable lending opportunities and a faster-growing economy.
Karen Ngui, a Singapore-based spokeswoman for DBS, declined to comment when contacted on April 13. She didn’t answer a call to her mobile phone today.
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