25 Feb 08
Singapore state investor Temasek is close to a decision to sell its stake in Indonesia’s sixth-biggest lender Bank Internasional Indonesia Tbk in a deal estimated to be worth more than $700 million, a newspaper reported on Monday.
Citing unidentified people familiar with the situation, the newspaper said Temasek was looking at starting the sale process.
Potential bidders for Temasek’s stake include cash-rich Chinese banks, it said, adding that Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China’s biggest bank, had purchased a 90 per cent stake in Indonesia’s PT Bank Halim in December 2006.
The state investor’s move is driven by Indonesia’s central bank policy of prohibiting foreign investors from owning a controlling stake in more than one Indonesian lender, the Journal said.
Temasek, which is headed by the wife of Singapore’s prime minister, owns its holding in Bank International Indonesia through its 75-per cent stake in Singapore-based Sorak Financial, which controls 55.85 per cent of the Indonesian bank, according to the lender’s Web site.
Apart from Bank Internasional Indonesia, Temasek also controls a stake in Indonesia’s fifth-largest lender PT Bank Danamon Tbk.