There are two potential buyers for FC Otkritie Bank: Region Group – Rossium (owns MKB) and Gazprombank (GPB), Kommersant reported, citing three interlocutors who learned about this from Otkrytie employees, and also close to competitors. Another interlocutor of the edition, familiar with the negotiation process, said that Gazprombank was “very lobbying” for the purchase. The bank plans to “grow very strongly” and acquire the competencies that are missing in the group by purchasing.
A top manager of a large bank also heard that GPB is interested in Otkritie. MKB employees went to Otkrytie’s internal control and security services, said two people who learned this from employees of one of these services of the bank being sold. Two sources close to Region Group stated that a shallow due diligence of Otkrytie was carried out, but the decision to issue a purchase order has not yet been made.
The interlocutor of the publication, familiar with those interested in the asset, said that the blocking stake could be acquired by the structures of one of the largest businessmen who do not have their own financial business. If purchased, a quarter of the shares can be placed in an IPO. One of the interlocutors of the publication noted that the Sberbank group wants to buy the NRF Otkrytie, which is part of the Otkrytie group. Earlier, ASN and Interfax reported, citing a source in the insurance market, that the Region – Rossium group had shown interest in Rosgosstrakh (also part of the Otkritie group).
In 2017, Otkritie fell under financial recovery, and the Central Bank became its owner. This is the first bank that the Central Bank has sanitized using a new mechanism – the Banking Sector Consolidation Fund (FCBS). The regulator received 99% of the bank’s shares in August 2017. The Central Bank spent more than 550 billion rubles on the capitalization of the Otkritie group. In September of the same year, he took Binbank for reorganization, which from January 1, 2019 was attached to Otkritie. In August, the Bank of Russia announced a collection of proposals from potential investors to purchase at least 50% + 1 share of the bank. Applications are accepted from 11 to 22 October. The Central Bank also does not exclude the sale of the bank’s block of shares in parts at organized auctions.