CAIRO: Egypt’s financial regulator has approved an offer by Qatar National Bank (QNB) for National Societe Generale Bank, after requiring QNB to buy the whole company rather than the originally planned 77 percent stake.
QNB said in December it planned to buy the 77 percent stake in NSGB held by French bank Societe Generale.
Ashraf El Sharkawy, head of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority, told Reuters that the regulator had approved the offer. “Yes. We obliged Qatar National Bank to present an offer for 100 percent,” he said. QNB has offered 38.65 Egyptian pounds ($5.74) a share, compared with Sunday’s close of 37.52 pounds.
The tender offer to minority shareholders must be completed under Egyptian market rules.