Bank Asya sells stakes in 2 subsidiaries

Turkish Islamic lender Bank Asya has decided to sell its stakes in two subsidiaries for TL 132 million ($62 million). In a statement to Borsa ?stanbul (BIST), Bank Asya said it is selling a 24.18 percent stake in Turkish construction firm Tuna Gayrimenkul for TL 62.8 million. The bank also said it is selling another construction company, Nil Yönetim Hizmetleri, for TL 69.25 million. The move comes amid efforts of Bank Asya to raise capital. Meanwhile, Qatar Islamic Bank and Bank Asya have reportedly ended exclusive talks over QIB acquiring a stake in the Turkish lender, with valuation concerns said to be behind the decision. Turkish state bank Ziraat may now be the most likely partner for Bank Asya.