On 11 August 2014 SpareBank 1 SMN announced that SpareBank 1 SMN Markets in Trondheim is to be fully integrated with SpareBank 1 Markets. This will increase SpareBank 1 SMN's stake in SpareBank 1 Markets.
SpareBank 1 SMN will integrate its markets operation into SpareBank 1 Markets. The settlement will be in SpareBank 1 Markets shares. Consequently, SpareBank 1 SMN will become the principal shareholder in the combined company. Following the merger and a planned equity issue of MNOK 65 in September 2014, the ownership structure in SpareBank 1 Markets will be as follows:
SpareBank 1 SMN: 73,3 per cent (27,0 per cent)
SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge: 10,0 per cent (27,0 per cent)
SamSpar: 10,0 per cent (27,0 per cent)
Sparebanken Hedmark: 6,1 per cent (16,6 per cent)
Other shareholders: 0,6 per cent (2,2 per cent)
The operations of the two companies will primarily continue as-is, with 70 employees in Oslo and 40 employees in Trondheim. The merged company will be led by Stein Husby. The business area 'Foreign Exchange and Derivatives', as well as certain supporting functions, will be located in Trondheim.
The transaction is expected to be completed within 4(th) quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approval and final Board approvals. For further information see the stock exchange notice of 11 August 2014.