The FSC approved Hana Financial Group (HFG)’s acquisition of Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) at its regular meeting on January 27, 2012.
Under the Financial Holding Companies Act, a potential acquirer is required to meet the following three conditions: (1) The business plan of a company included as a subsidiary shall be appropriate and sound; (2) The financial standing and business management of such financial holding company and its subsidiary shall be sound; and (3) The funding plan for acquisition shall be appropriate.
In granting approval, the FSC shall consult in advance with the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) as to whether the merger or acquisition substantially limits competition in the relevant market.
In regard with this matter, the FTC notified the FSC on December 29, 2011 that such acquisition would not substantially limit competition in the relevant market.
The FSS also notified the FSC on January 27, 2012 that HFG satisfies the requirements under the Financial Holding Companies Act to acquire KEB as its subsidiary.
(1) KEB’s business plan is appropriate to keep its operations and maintain the managerial soundness of HFG and KEB.
(2) As of end-September 2011, the BIS capital adequacy ratios of HFG (13.05%) and KEB (13.98%) meet the standard set by the FSC.
(3) HFG’s acquisition of KEB was partly funded by its own debt; however, there is no concern that it would significantly hurt its managerial soundness.
With approval for HFG’s acquisition of KEB, KEB’s 13 subsidiaries will be included as lower-tier subsidiaries of HFG. As a result, the number of HFG’s subsidiaries will increase from 8 to 9; and lower-subsidiaries from 9 to 22.
As a result of the acquisition, seven of all domestic banks will belong under financial holding companies.