National Bank of Greece (NBG), one of the country’s largest lenders, has clinched a deal to form a joint venture with EVO Payments which will provide merchant acquiring and payment services, it said on Friday.
Under the deal, EVO will purchase 51% of NBG’s merchant acquiring business for €158 million, with NBG offering card acceptance solutions via EVO’s products and processing platforms.
Banks in Greece have been working to reduce a pile of about €30 billion in bad loans, the legacy of a decade-long financial crisis that shrank the country’s economy by a quarter.
NBG’s agreement follows similar moves by other Greek banks which have offloaded their payments infrastructure, including Eurobank and Piraeus Bank.
The transaction is expected to boost NBG’s capital ratio by about 60 basis points, the bank said. [Reuters]