MILAN Italy's UniCredit (CRDI.MI) expects to boost its best-quality capital ratio by around 78 basis points after agreeing to sell its asset manager arm Pioneer Investments to France's Amundi (AMUN.PA) for 3.55 billion euros ($3.75 billion).
On top of that, UniCredit is set to receive an extraordinary dividend payment of 315 million euros before the closing of the sale, which is expected in the first half of 2017.
Italy's biggest bank by assets, which earlier this year hired new chief executive Jean Pierre Mustier to streamline its business and beef up its capital, said it would book a net capital gain of 2.2 billion euros next year.
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(Reporting by Valentina Za)