Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Migdal Drops Most in a Month on Stake Sale: Tel Aviv Mover

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Migdal Insurance & Financial Holding Ltd. fell the most in more than a month as Bank Leumi Le-Israel Ltd. sold its remaining stake.

Migdal shares slipped 2 percent, the most since Aug. 27, to 5.90 shekels at the close in Tel Aviv in more than 50 times the three-month average daily volume. The stock has advanced 2.3 percent this year compared with a 21 percent gain for Harel Insurance Investments and Financial Services Ltd., 15 percent for Clal Insurance Enterprise Holdings Ltd. and a 20 percent rise of the TA-Insurance index.

Details of the transaction will be disclosed to the bourse, said Orit Reuveni, deputy spokeswoman for Leumi, who confirmed a report in Calcalist today that the lender had disposed of its 4.7 stake. The lender sold the shares to institutional investors at a price of 5.9 shekels each, a 2 percent discount to yesterday’s closing price, according to the report.

“The market was expecting Leumi to sell its stake in Migdal as part of its efforts to lower its real assets holdings, and this has weighed on Migdal shares,” Meir Slater, an analyst at DS Investment House Ltd. said today by phone.

The shares in Israel’s largest insurer by market value, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, have declined 6.5 percent since their high on May 28, compared with a 0.5 percent gain for the insurance gauge for the period. The Bank of Israel in March 2012 required lenders to increase their core minimum capital ratio to 9 percent by January 2015 for all banks and to 10 percent by January 2017 for the two largest, Bank Hapoalim Ltd. and Bank Leumi Le-Israel Ltd.

To contact the reporter on this story: Shoshanna Solomon in Tel Aviv at ssolomon22@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Maedler at cmaedler@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.