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Woori Bank may acquire Indonesian lender

South Korea’s Woori Bank has reported that the financial regulators have approved its proposed acquisition of 33% stake in Bank Saudara in Indonesia. PT Bank Woori Indonesia, a unit of Woori Bank, reportedly signed an agreement to purchase the stake, which equates to 764.4 million shares in PT Bank Himpunan Saudara in June 2012. In January 2012, Bank Saudara had said it planned to boost its operations in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy by bringing in a strategic investor through a rights issue. Founded in 1906, and managing approximately 110 sales offices in the country, Bank Saudara is expected to have nearly $727million in total assets with $51million paid-in capital. It offers savings and checking accounts, fixed deposits, credit loans, and other banking services. Woori Bank aims to emerge as the second-largest stakeholder in the bank, following latest share purchase.

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