Bangkok Bank Acquires Indonesia’s Permata Bank for $2.3b
Bangkok Bank, Thailand’s third-largest lender by assets, acquired an 89.12% stake in Indonesia’s PT Bank Permata for about $2.7 billion after securing an approval from Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority, or OJK., in the first major overseas acquisition for a Thai bank, Reuters reported.
Standard Chartered and Indonesian conglomerate PT Astra International jointly controlled Permata, each owning 44.56% in the bank that operates about 330 branches across 62 cities in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
Asia-focused lender StanChart said in a separate statement that it would receive about $1.3 billion from the divestment of its Permata stake, which, it said, was an important part of the bank’s “capital optimization” plans.
"We welcome Bangkok Bank as the new controlling shareholder in PermataBank," Bank Permata President Director Ridha D.M. Wirakusumah said in a statement received by Jakarta Globe on Wednesday, referring to the Jakarta-based lender by its trading name.
The acquisition is a milestone for the Bangkok-based bank which has been in operation in Indonesia since 1968 with three branches in Jakarta, Medan and Surabaya.
“We believe Bangkok Bank will provide the best support for us in becoming a stronger player in the Indonesian banking landscape,” said Ridha.
He said Bank Permata would continue to grow its retail, wholesale and shariah businesses and expand its distribution network and digital banking.
“[Bank] Permata will give Bangkok Bank a stronger presence in Southeast Asia’s two largest economies, reinforcing our position as a leading ASEAN bank,” Bangkok Bank president director Chartsiri Sophonpanich said in the statement to The Jakarta Post.
He added that the bank would support Bank Permata to grow its retail, small and medium enterprise (SME) and corporate businesses, while also enhancing its customers’ access to growth opportunities in Indonesia.