Komercni Banka has reported the completion of purchase of 60% stake in Modra Pyramida. As a result, KB has become 100% control over the building society. The transaction was approved by the Czech Antimonopoly Office and the Czech National Bank.
Our view: We expect a neutral reaction on the back of that news, as KB announced a purchase of remaining 60% stake in Modrá Pyramida from BHW and Ceska Pojistovna already in September. The price of € 144m equals to a historic P/B of 3.7x. In our opinion it should be slightly EPS accretive (+0.8% for 2007 and +1.4% for 2008), as the deal presents not only potential for cost savings but also cross-selling opportunities, as banking products may be sold to MP's 1m customers. Note that we have taken a conservative approach and have not factored in any revenue synergy as we believe it is too early to quantify. We are reiterating our Buy rating with a fair value of CZK 4,281 per share.