Banca Transilvania to acquire Idea::Bank

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Banca Transilvania will acquire the shares held by the Polish group Getin Holding Group in Idea::Bank, Idea::Leasing and Idea::Insurance Broker. The sale and purchase agreement was signed today, and until receiving the approval of the National Bank of Romania, the Financial Supervisory Authority and of the Competition Council, the IDEA entities will carry out their activity independently. The combined purchase price is RON 213 million (c. EUR 43m).

The Romanian companies that are under the IDEA brand mean RON 2.85 billion in total assets, over 60,000 customers, 530 employees and 46 units, as at the end of last year.

The Getin Holding Group is active in retail banking, leasing, brokerage services, factoring and consulting in Poland, Ukraine and Romania – and is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

“We see the acquisition of Idea::Bank as a new opportunity for Banca Transilvania and for the customers. If the prior acquisitions were aimed to strengthen the BT’s business, this acquisition is part of Banca Transilvania Financial Group’s strategy to continue launching online banking initiatives. Idea::Bank, as part of Banca Transilvania Financial Group, will be a digital banking hub through which we will launch and develop creative ideas and digital solutions for current and future customers. We want to thank for the trust and collaboration to the top management of Getin Holding Group Group and to everybody that has contributed to the success of this transaction” – declares Horia Ciorcilă, Chairman of Banca Transilvania Board of Directors.

We are proud of what was achieved by our companies in Romania. As a foreign investor, Geting Holding is very happy to have contributed to the development of Romanian economy. As part of our philosophy, having completed our mission we are happy to see our Romanian assets becoming part of Banca Transilvania group – the largest and most dynamic player in the market” – states Piotr Kaczmarek, CEO of Getin Holding.

Barclays Bank Ireland PLC, Filip & Company, EY and Linklaters are the consultants of Banca Transilvania in this transaction and Rothshild & Co., Sayenko Kharenko and Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen have advised  Geting Holding.

Banca Transilvania made its first acquisition back in 2015, when it acquired Volksbank Romania through the largest transaction on the Romanian banking market at that moment. In 2018, the bank acquired Bancpost, ERB Retail Services and ERB Leasing. These acquisitions completed the strategy of increasing and consolidating the BT market share, leading – together with the organic growth – to the bank becoming the largest bank from the Romanian banking system.

Banca Transilvania means today over 3.2 million customers, over 9,000 employees, 500 units, but also the largest financial group in South-Eastern Europe.

Filip & Company team assisted Banca Transilvania in connection with the signing of the documents related to the acquisition of the shares held by the Polish Gertin Holding group in Idea :: Bank, Idea :: Leasing, Idea :: Insurance Broker and Idea :: Investment.

“It is a privilege for us to assist Banca Transilvania once again in a new transaction that contributes to the modernization of the Romanian financial market. This acquisition demonstrates once again the transformative force of the BT group and that the financial services sector remains a very dynamic one. We thank the BT team for trusting us”, said Alina Stancu Bîrsan, partner at Filip & Company.

Mihaela Nădășan, Deputy CEO of Banca Transilvania stated: “Each project involves a great cooperation effort to find the solutions required to facilitate the closing of a transaction. The professionalism and constructive attitude of the entire team have been once again fundamental to get to this point and I thank Filip & Company for assisting us.”

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