According to EBRD website, EBRD has acquired a 19% stake in Piraeus Bank Romania (PBR) from Piraeus Group (Greece), alongside J.C. Flowers (JCF), a private equity fund, and PBR management. The EBRD and JCF own shares in a Luxembourg investment vehicle that in turn owns 95.1% of the share capital of PBR, while bank management owns the remaining 4.9%. This will provide financial resources and restructuring expertise needed to expand PBR's operations and market share. The change of ownership will also help strengthen the fragmented Romanian financial sector.
Further, the project's transition impact will be derived from demonstration of successful turnaround, providing the financial resources to strengthen PBR's core banking operations and expand its market share in the country.
Piraeus Bank Romania is among the largest retail banks in Romania with total assets of €1,446 million and equity of €149 million at end-2016. PBR was earmarked for sale by Piraeus Group as part of the latter's commitment to the European Commission for the disposal of its non-core assets.
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