DUBAI (Reuters) – Dubai’s largest lender Emirates NBD will buy Turkey’s Denizbank from Russia’s state-owned Sberbank for less in dollar terms than previously agreed following the devaluation of the Turkish lira.

The logo for Emirates NBD bank is seen on a deflating hot air balloon over the Emirates Golf Course in Dubai in this December 11, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Crisp/File Photo

Emirates NBD will buy Turkey’s fifth largest private bank for 15.48 billion lira ($2.8 billion), the Dubai bank said on Wednesday, compared to the 14.6 billion lira announced in May, after reaching a new agreement with Sberbank.

Although the lira value is higher, the dollar value in May when the deal was announced was put at the equivalent of $3.2 billion, or about $400 million more that the new price.

The lira has tumbled over concerns about the central bank’s independence and Ankara’s worsening ties with Washington.

Dubai-based Arqaam Capital said the new deal represents a 16 percent discount from the original acquisition price due to the lira’s depreciation

Russia’s biggest bank by assets bought Denizbank in 2012 for about $3.5 billion when it wanted to establish a presence abroad. Selling Denizbank, the biggest asset held by Sberbank outside Russia, is part of a shift back to the domestic market.

Denizbank’s equity amounted to 15.51 billion lira as of December 31, Emirates NBD said in a bourse statement.

The deal will help Emirates NBD diversify its business and establish itself as a leading bank in the region, the bank’s vice chairman Hesham Abdulla al-Qassim said in May.

The transaction comes against a backdrop of Turkey’s strained relations with Gulf states since Ankara stood by Qatar after the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and others accused Doha of supporting terrorism, a charge it denies.

The deal is expected to close by the end of the second quarter, subject to regulatory approval, Emirates NBD said.

($1 = 5.5610 liras)

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Additional reporting by Davide Barbusica; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Edmund Blair


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