SBI Holdings, Fukushima Bank to form capital tie-up


Japanese internet banking giant SBI Holdings Inc and Fukushima Bank Ltd will form a capital and strategic tie-up, with SBI taking a 17.91% stake in the regional lender, the companies said on Monday.

Fukushima Bank will issue new shares to SBI for 222 yen each for a total investment of 1.11 billion yen, making it the biggest shareholder in the lender.

The two financial companies will jointly establish offices where SBI’s products such as investment trust and insurance are provided to Fukushima Bank’s customers, while the companies will also develop new fintech-focused services, they said.

The future of Japan’s regional lenders is a focus for investors after years of negative interest rates and a declining population have sapped profits and raised questions about their ability to survive.

SBI announced in September it would invest in Shimane Bank Ltd, a regional bank in western Japan.

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What questions about the survival of local banks ? They can not survive, so no questions.

ok, I give you a Yokohama, Fukuoka and maybe 1 Sapporo regional bank might survive but most of the rest are relics. Anachronisms.

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Fukushima Bank still has depositors ?

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