Report: State to merge Budapest Bank, MKB

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The Hungarian government is ready to merge the two banks it recently bought, Budapest Bank and MKB Bank, to make one large bank, according to a report from Hungarian business day Vilaggazdaság.

Vilaggazdaság said the merged banks would form Hungary's second-biggest lender based on assets, behind home-grown OTP Bank, according to Reuters.


The newspaper said the merged bank would have a market share of about 12% in both loans and deposits. The government has said it would aim to sell the two banks it acquired this year within a relatively short time span. As the government has made it a stated goal to keep 50-60% of local banks in Hungarian hands; the sale is likely to be made to a Hungarian.

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