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Scotiabank to sell El Salvador operations to Imperia

2019-02-08 08:41 ET - News Release

Mr. Ignacio Deschamps reports


Bank of Nova Scotia has reached an agreement under which it will sell its banking and insurance operations in El Salvador, including Scotiabank El Salvador, its subsidiaries and Scotia Seguros, to Imperia Intercontinental Inc., subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. Imperia is the main shareholder of Banco Cuscatlan SA and Seguros e Inversiones SA (SISA) in El Salvador.

The decision is driven by the bank's strategy to focus on key markets which can generate greater scale for Scotiabank.

"We are pleased to announce this important agreement, with which we intend to enhance opportunities for the clients of both banks. We are confident this acquisition represents an exciting new development for our institutions, employees and for the country. We have a long-term commitment to invest in El Salvador and our main objective is to continue serving our customers in the best possible way," said Eduardo Montenegro, chairman of the board of directors of Banco Cuscatlan and SISA Insurance.

"This transaction with Imperia is in the best interest of our customers, employees and shareholders. We are confident that Imperia, with the support of a talented team, will be well positioned to continue to grow the businesses and provide a high level of service to customers in El Salvador," said Ignacio (Nacho) Deschamps, group head of international banking and digital transformation at Scotiabank.

This transaction is expected to result in an after-tax loss of approximately $170-million that primarily represents the carrying value of goodwill relating to this business and will be recorded in Q2 2019. Upon closing, Scotiabank's common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio will increase by approximately six basis points.

This follows the announced sales of Scotiabank's operations in nine Caribbean countries and its life insurance businesses in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in November, 2018, and of its pension administration and related insurance businesses in the Dominican Republic in December, 2018.

The cumulative impact of these transactions, including the loss on sale of the operations in El Salvador, is expected to result in a net after-tax gain of $250-million and increase the Scotiabank's common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio by approximately 25 basis points.

Until regulatory approvals are obtained and the transaction closes, all operations, branches and products will continue to operate as usual. Scotiabank and Imperia will work together to ensure a smooth transition for both employees and customers.

About Bank of Nova Scotia

Bank of Nova Scotia is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in the Americas. The bank is dedicated to helping its more than 25 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 97,000 employees and assets of $998-billion (as at Oct. 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange.

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