(Bloomberg) — Credit Agricole SA plans to build its own corporate and investment bank in Saudi Arabia after selling the final portion of its stake in Banque Saudi Fransi.
The French lender sold its remaining 4% holding for 1.45 billion riyal ($387 million) to two Saudi government-related institutional investors, Credit Agricole said in a statement on Monday, without identifying the entities. The shares were sold at 30 riyals each and will help shore up Credit Agricole’s capital.
The disposal ends Credit Agricole’s decades-long investment in one of the kingdom’s largest corporate banks. The French firm is plotting its own path in a region awash with mega-bond deals as well as stake sales by state-owned entities.