It is offering HK$125 a share to buy all shares
of Wing Hang, according to a joint announcement, after having
reached a deal with the bank's biggest shareholder to purchase a
nearly 45 percent stake.
The offer price is below earlier expectations, with sources
previously estimating the deal could be worth $5.3 billion.
The offer price translates to a book value of 1.77 times for
Wing Hang Bank based on its book as of December 31.
The deal will give OCBC a much sought-after gateway to China and
help bridge the gap with bigger Singapore rival DBS Group
Holdings <DBSM.SI>, which operates Hong Kong's fifth-biggest
OCBC will purchase the stake from members of Wing Hang's
founding Fung family, their affiliates and related family
trusts, and BNY International Financing Corp.
Share trading in OCBC and Wing Hang was suspended on Friday
ahead of the announcement.
($1 = 7.7571 Hong Kong dollars)
(Reporting by Saeed Azhar; editing by Richard Pullin)
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