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Allianz in talks to buy Agrotiki Insurance

Allianz SE, Europe’s largest insurer, and Munich Re’s primary insurance unit Ergo Versicherungsgruppe AG are in talks to buy Agrotiki Insurance from Greece’s Piraeus Bank SA, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The price of Agrotiki, also known as ATE Insurance, is estimated at 60 million to 80 million euros, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

Piraeus, Greece’s second-biggest bank by assets, raised 1.75 billion euros from foreign investors in March, after a stress test conducted by the country’s central bank identified a capital shortfall of 425 million euros.

It also sold 500 million euros of three-year bonds on March 18 in the first public debt sale from a Greek lender since 2009.

Greece’s central bank said in March that banks needed to boost their capital by 6.38 billion euros following six years of recession and the country’s financial crisis.

The deal could close at the end of this month.

ATE Insurance’s net revenue last year was 39.5 million euros, up from 26.5 million euros the year before.

[Bloomberg]

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