With the aim of providing continuity to Banco Internacional de Funchal (Banif) and safeguarding the interest of its customers, the Bank of Portugal, the resolution authority, decided to award Banco Banif's business to Banco Santander Totta, a subsidiary of Banco Santander. Following this decision, as of today, the businesses and branches of Banco Banif will become part of the Santander group.
The transaction will be carried out via the transfer of a large part (the commercial banking business) of Banif's assets and liabilities to Santander Totta. Banco Santander Totta will pay EUR 150 million for Banco Banif's assets and liabilities, which are transferred having been adequately provisioned. Meanwhile, other assets and liabilities remain in Banco Banif, which is responsible for any possible litigation resulting from its past activity, for their orderly liquidation or sale.
The acquisition of Banco Banif's businesses positions Banco Santander Totta as Portugal's second privately-held bank, after BCP-Milenium, with a 14.5% market share in loans and deposits. Banco Banif contributes 2.5 points in market share and has a network of 150 branches and 400,000 customers. Banco Banif is particularly important in the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, where it has very high market shares.
Ana Botín, chairman of Banco Santander, said today: "The acquisition of Banco Banif is another example of Banco Santander ́s commitment to Portugal, one of the group ́s main countries. We are fully committed to the economic development of Portugal and make available all our capacity to help people and businesses prosper in the communities where we operate."
This transaction has an immaterial impact on the Santander group's capital and a slightly positive impact on profit as of year one.