July 28, 2017 / 1:33 AM / 2 years ago

Japan's Nomura sells stake in venture capital firm Jafco

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nomura Holdings Inc (8604.T) said on Friday it had sold all its shares of its stake in Jafco Co (8595.T) back to the venture capital firm, as the Japanese brokerage seeks to shift capital into areas where it sees more growth.

FILE PHOTO: Investors stand in front of a screen showing the logo of Nomura Holdings in Tokyo, Japan, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

Nomura, Japan’s largest brokerage and investment bank, said in May it wanted to use its capital more efficiently. It is currently expanding its U.S. investment banking business.

Selling the stake in Jafco would “contribute to Nomura’s drive to enhance capital efficiency and optimally allocate its management resources,” Nomura said.

Shares in Nomura closed down 1.5 percent at 650.1 yen, while Jafco shares ended up more than 15 percent at 5,260 yen, their highest since October 2015. The benchmark Nikkei .N225 average index fell 0.6 percent.

Nomura sold its 8.48 million shares, or 17.6 percent stake, in Jafco, at 4,560 yen ($41) per share, raising 38.7 billion yen ($348 million), Nomura said in a statement.

Nomura Research Institute Ltd (4307.T), in which Nomura holds a 37.2 percent stake, tendered to sell 4.95 million Jafco shares, Jafco said.

Jafco said it was buying 13.4 million shares from the two tenders for 61.3 billion yen ($551.21 million).

The deal would generate for Nomura a pretax profit of about 9 billion yen ($80.9 million), to be booked in the July-September period, Nomura said.

In a separate statement, Jafco said it would tender 5 million shares in Nomura Research Institute, adding that if it sold all the shares it planned to book a gain of 18.4 billion yen ($165.5 million) in the July-September period.

In May, Nomura Holdings began unofficial talks with Japan Post Holdings Co (6178.T) to sell a stake in group company Nomura Real Estate Holdings (3231.T), a source told Reuters.

The deal broke down in June. Nomura Real Estate said Japan Post was no longer considering buying a stake.

After the Jafco sale, Chief Financial Officer Takumi Kitamura told a conference call Nomura was not planning to sell holdings in Nomura Real Estate and Nomura Research Institute, in which it has 34.1 percent and 37.2 percent stakes, respectively.

Reporting by Thomas Wilson; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Edmund Blair

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