Greece's NBG to ask EU for more time to complete asset sales plan
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After the failure of the previously announced acquisition attempts made by Fosun, Exin or Gongbao, it seems that a new opportunity to sell Ethniki - Hellenic General Insurance Co. presented itself to National Bank of Greece, with a bid launched by a consortium led by Hannover Re S.E.
The Greek insurers reported aggregate GWP of EUR 2.87 billion at the end of September 2018, up by 2.1% y-o-y, according to the nine-months market report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC).
The National Bank of Greece (NBG) and the owner of the largest and the oldest Greek insurer - Ethniki - will ask the EU for more time to complete the planned asset sale under the EU-approved restructuring plan, according to sources quoted by international media.
GONGBAO was the only bidder in the final stage of binding financial offers for the buyout of a 75% stake in Greece's leading insurer.
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At the end of March 2018, the Greek insurance market totaled EUR 999.5 million, up by 3.5% y-o-y, according to the preliminary market figures published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC).
Following the failure to sell its insurance arm, NBG - National Bank of Greece announced it would continue the process for the sale of ETHNIKI Insurance with the final bidders, wrote local media.
China's FOSUN expressed its interest in Greece's largest insurer ETHNIKI a few days before the deadline for the EXIN Group to implement the deal for the acquisition of 75% of ETHNIKI from National Bank of Greece - NBG.
According to the year-end market figures published by HAIC - the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies, the Greek insurance market totalled EUR.3.78 billion at the end of 2017, up by 0.05% y-o-y.
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