Malaysia Building Society (MBSB) has agreed to acquire Asian Finance Bank (AFB) in a stock-cash deal worth MYR645m ($152.5m).

MBSB, whose controlling shareholder is the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), signed a conditional share purchase agreement with AFB shareholders, namely Qatar Islamic Bank, Financial Assets Bahrain, RUSD Investment Bank and Tadhamon International Islamic Bank for the deal.

“The merged entity is expected to leverage on the strength of MBSB’s business and the banking license held by AFB is anticipated to provide a unique opportunity for the merged entity to emerge as a full-fledged Islamic banking franchise in Malaysia,” MBSB said in a statement.

To pay for the deal, MBSB will offer MYR396.9m ($93.95m) in cash and issue 225.5 million new shares.

Following the merger of the two entities, EPF’s share in MBSB will be reduced to 63.16% from 65.56%. Qatar Islamic Bank will own 0.73% stake in the combined entity, RUSD Investment Bank will own 1.83% and Tadhamon will hold a stake of 1.1%.

The deal is expected to close by the first quarter of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.

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