June 30 (Bloomberg) -- Bidvest Group Ltd., owner of South Africa’s biggest money changer, offered to buy Mercantile Bank Holdings Ltd. to expand in consumer and retail banking.
The 35.5 cents-a-share offer is 69 percent more than Mercantile’s weighted average share price over the past 30 days, the Johannesburg-based target said in a statement to the stock exchange today. The offer values Mercantile at about 1.4 billion rand ($207 million), according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Caixa Geral de Depositos owns 92 percent of Mercantile. A spokesman at the Lisbon-based lender couldn’t immediately comment on the offer.
Mercantile rose 5 cents, or 25 percent, to 25 cents at the 5 p.m. close in Johannesburg trading. Bidvest shares dropped 95 cents, or 0.6 percent, to 150.50 rand.
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