Israeli lender Bank Hapoalim is reportedly planning to sell its stake in Turkey’s Bank Pozitif.

According to a Reuters report, the Israeli bank is engaged with financial advisers to divest the 70% stake it holds in Bank Pozitif.

Bank Hapoalim spokesperson told the news agency: “The bank is examining possibilities for the sale of its full holdings in Bank Pozitif, further to the bank’s strategic plan, in which a decision was made to gradually reduce the credit portfolio at Bank Pozitif.”

Hapoalim initiated the process to divest the Turkish lender Bank Pozitif four years ago. However, no agreement was reached at that time. The Israeli lender is expected to make a move on the deal soon.

With 226.53m in assets as of last September, Bank Pozitif is the 39th biggest bank in Turkey, according to Turkey’s TBB banking association. The Cingillioglu family owns a minority stake in the lender.

In November last year, Arison Holdings announced plans to divest a 4.26% stake in Bank Hapoalim for NIS1.425bn ($385m).

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

Under the arrangement, Arison will sell 57 million shares for NIS25 each to institutional investors.

Following the transaction, Arison’s ownership in Bank Hapoalim will reduce to 15.75%.

Arison Holdings is owned by Shari Arison, who announced her plans to divest her controlling stake in Bank Hapoalim in September last year.

Bank Hapoalim is one of the largest banks in Israel.