RIA NOVOSTI. Unified Bank Rossiya has become a 100% owner of Sobinbank, which was previously part of Gazprom Group, RIA Novosti reported quoting Sobinbanks press release.
For the record, in October 2008 Gazenergoprombank acquired 100% of Sobinbanks shareholder equity, as the latter faced financial difficulties. Since October 2008 Sobinbank had been part of Gazprom Group. The reason behind changes in Bank Rossiyas interest in Sobinbank was “the termination of the activity carried out by the registered party (Gazenergoprombank) via reorganization in the form of a takeover by Bank Rossiya”, the press release said.
Gazenergoprombanks takeover by Saint Petersburg-based Bank Rossiya was finalized in early August 2010. Entrepreneur Yury Kovalchuk is considered to be Bank Rossiyas controlling shareholder, while Gazenergoprombanks previous owners are Gazprom-affiliated concerns.
Sobinbank is a universal bank, which ranks among Top 100 Russian banks by assets. In National Bank Trusts rating, the lender is in 66th place with assets equal to Rub 55.1 bln (as of July 1, 2010).
According to National Bank Trusts rating, as of July 1, 2010 Gazenergoprombanks assets stood at Rub 121.4 bln (34th place), while those of Bank Rossiya totaled Rub 100.4 bln (40th place). So, the combined bank with assets of around Rub 221.8 bln (as of July 1) now ranks 20th in National Bank Trusts rating.