Erste Group shares drop as foundation sells stake
VIENNA, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Shares in Erste Group Bank
dropped more than 3 percent on Tuesday after the foundation that is a major shareholder in the Austrian lender sold a 3.55 percent stake.
The Erste Foundation said it had sold 14 million shares at 16.80 euros each, concluding a share sale programme to raise about 235 million euros ($303 million) to cover its planned liabilities repayments.
Erste shares traded down 2.6 percent at 17.22 euros by 1008 GMT, off a low of 16.99 earlier in the morning, topping the list of decliners in the main Vienna index .
The Erste Foundation had said late on Monday it would cut its stake to approximately 20.2 percent.
A source familiar with the deal said the share sale was four times oversusbcribed.
($1 = 0.7749 euros)
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan in Vienna and Philipp Halstrick in Frankfurt; Editing by Mark Potter)
Keywords: ERSTE PLACEMENT/SHARES