STD » Topics » Grupo Financiero Santander Serfin (Serfin) and Banco Santander Mexicano, S.A.

This excerpt taken from the STD 20-F filed Jul 3, 2006.
Grupo Financiero Santander Serfin, S.A. de C.V. (“Serfin”) and Banco Santander Mexicano, S.A. In December 2002, we reached an agreement with Bank of America Corporation whereby the latter acquired 24.9% of Serfin for $1,600 million, for which we recognized in 2003 capital gains of €681 million. Under this agreement, Bank of America Corporation must maintain its share holding in Serfin for at least three years, and after this period it may use, if it deems it appropriate, several liquidity mechanisms to reduce its share holding, including the listing of its Serfín shares on the stock exchange and the right to sell its Serfin shares to us, at one time, at its book value at the time of the sale, calculated in accordance with international accounting standards.

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The sale of the 24.9% stake was completed in the first quarter of 2003. As of December 31, 2003, we had a 74.0% holding in the capital stock of Serfin.

In June 2004, the shareholders of Serfin increased its capital by €163.4 million, of which we subscribed €122.5 million.

The shareholders, at the General Shareholders’ Meetings of Banco Santander Mexicano, S.A. (a 100% owned subsidiary of Serfin), Banca Serfin, S.A. (a 100% owned subsidiary of Serfin), Factoring Santander Serfin, S.A. de C.V. (a 98.8% owned subsidiary of Serfin) and Fonlyser, S.A. de C.V. (a 99.9% owned subsidiary of Serfin), held on November 29, 2004, agreed to the merger of these entities, with Banco Santander Mexicano, S.A. being the surviving entity. For accounting purposes, the merger was effective as of December 31, 2004. Banco Santander Mexicano, S.A. subsequently changed its legal name to Banco Santander Serfin, S.A.

This excerpt taken from the STD 20-F filed Jun 30, 2005.
Grupo Financiero Santander Serfin (“Serfin”) and Banco Santander Mexicano, S.A. In December 2002, we reached an agreement with Bank of America Corporation whereby the latter acquired 24.9% of Serfin for $1,600 million, for which we recognized in 2003 capital gains of €681 million. Under this agreement, Bank of America Corporation must maintain its share holding in Serfin for at least three years, and after this period it may use, if it deems it appropriate, several liquidity mechanisms to reduce its share holding, including the listing of its Serfín shares on the stock exchange and the right to sell its Serfin shares to us, at one time, at its book value at the time of the sale, calculated in accordance with international accounting standards.

The sale of the 24.9% stake was completed in the first quarter of 2003. As of December 31, 2003, we had a 74.0% holding in the capital stock of Serfin.

In June 2004, the shareholders of Serfin increased its capital by €163.4 million, of which we subscribed €122.5 million.

The shareholders, at the General Shareholders’ Meetings of Banco Santander Mexicano, S.A. (a 100% owned subsidiary of Serfin), Banca Serfin, S.A. (a 100% owned subsidiary of Serfin), Factoring Santander Serfin, S.A. de C.V. (a 98.8% owned subsidiary of Serfin) and Fonlyser, S.A. de C.V. (a 99.9% owned subsidiary of Serfin), held on November 29, 2004, agreed to the merger of these entities, with Banco Santander Mexicano, S.A. being the surviving entity. For accounting purposes, the merger was effective as of December 31, 2004. Banco Santander Mexicano, S.A. subsequently changed its legal name to Banco Santander Serfin, S.A.

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