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Corpbanca Gains in Chile After Stock Sale for Acquisition

Corpbanca advanced to its highest price in 11 months after demand for new shares it sold to help pay for its purchase of Colombia’s Helm Bank SA exceeded supply by a ratio of seven-to-one.

The lender controlled by Chilean billionaire Alvaro Saieh gained 3.2 percent to 6.85 pesos at the close in Santiago, its highest closing price since Feb. 22. The benchmark Ipsa index increased 0.7 percent.

Corpbanca sold 12 billion new shares through a book building process at 6.25 pesos each, according to data from the stock exchange. It raised approximately $158 million with the sale today.

“The shares were more than seven times oversubscribed, which is a sign of the trust that local and international investors have in Corpbanca’s future,” Chief Executive Officer Fernando Massu told reporters at the Santiago exchange. Foreign investors bought 92 percent of the new shares, he said.

Corpbanca plans to sell an additional 47 billion new shares also at 6.25 pesos each to current shareholders in a rights offering that will extend between today and Feb. 14, according to a filing on the website of Chile’s securities regulator. The share sales are part of a financing plan to pay for its $1.28 billion purchase of Helm Bank.

The Santiago-based lender also sold $800 million in five-year notes last week as part of the funding process. The bank agreed to buy Banco Santander SA’s Colombian unit in December 2011 for $1.23 billion.

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