Ayala hopes to finalize PNB deal before 2012 ends
MANILA, Philippines - Ayala Corp., the country's oldest conglomerate, hopes to finalize within the year a deal with the Lucio Tan group to create the country's top lender.
Ayala CFO Delfin Gonzalez said banking unit Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), and Lucio Tan-owned Philippine National Bank (PNB) are reviewing the terms and conditions of a planned merger.
BPI and PNB recently confirmed they are in talks for a transaction that banking sources said will involve a share swap, giving the two parties stakes in each other.
“We will disclose [the terms] when there’s already a signed agreement,” said Gonzalez at the sidelines of the listing of Ayala's P10-billion bond offer on the Philippine Dealing Exchange.
Asked if he thinks a deal will be sealed before the year ends, Gonzalez replied: “hopefully.”
BPI and PNB said in separate disclosures Friday, November 23, that their boards have taken no action yet on the negotiations. - Rappler.com