November 25, 2018 / 7:33 PM / 15 days ago

Greece's Eurobank to acquire Grivalia Properties - Eurobank source

ATHENS (Reuters) - Eurobank (EURBr.AT), Greece’s third-largest lender, will acquire real estate company Grivalia Properties (GRIr.AT), a Eurobank official told Reuters on Sunday.

The deal will be a share-swap transaction and boost the lender’s capital base by about 1 billion euros (£884.2 million), the official said without giving the value of the deal.

Grivalia is currently owned by Canadian investment company Fairfax Financial Holdings, which focuses on property and insurance. Fairfax owns a 51.4 percent stake in Grivalia and 17 percent of Eurobank.

A Grivalia representative was not immediately available for comment outside business hours.

Greek banks have been looking to bolster capital ratios as they contend with the challenge of reducing non-performing loans in a sector hit hard by the euro zone’s debt crisis and years of recession.

Eurobank last week reported a sharp rise in third-quarter net profit on higher fee revenue and gains from international

operations.

Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; Writing by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by David Goodman

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