Brazil Banks Lead Flow

Dec 1, 2008

Itaú and Unibanco have released terms of their proposed merger, to be voted on at a shareholders meeting on November 28. At last month’s valuations, the proposed share exchange ratio values Unibanco at 29 billion reais. The deal boosts Itaú Holding’s capital base by 12 billion to 29 billion reais, according to the company.

Shareholders of Unibanco will receive one common share in Itaú Holding for every 1.1797 Unibanco ordinary unit and one Itaú share for every 3.4782 Unibanco preferred. Rothschild provided Unibanco with a fairness opinion while Morgan Stanley gave the same for Itaú. Meanwhile, Brazil’s largest bank, state-owned Banco do Brasil (BdB) is heard to be in advanced talks to acquire part of Banco Votorantim. Industry executives away from the situation say BdB wanted a 49% stake in Voto with a bid heard valuing the entire institution at around $6 billion. Bradesco is also rumored to be in the running, seeking to purchase 100% of Voto, but the owning family does not want to cede control. Both BdB and Voto decline to comment on the rumored transaction, which comes amid...

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