Dec 19 MetLife Inc, the largest U.S.
life insurer, is in advanced talks to buy Banco Bilbao Vizcaya
Argentaria SA's Chilean pension management unit,
Bloomberg reported, citing three people with knowledge of the
MetLife could sign a deal for the unit - AFP Provida SA -
which has a market value of more than $2 billion, within days or
weeks, the report said.
MetLife is looking to expand its operations in emerging
markets as it suffers from low interest rates in the United
States and the company said earlier this month it did not expect
to buy back shares in 2013.
BBVA, Spain's No.2 bank, had said in May it might sell its
Latin American pension fund businesses as it looks to shed
operations outside its main markets to reduce risks and meet
tougher capital rules.
If MetLife is able to close the deal, it will be the second
major U.S. insurer to target the region after Principal
Financial Group agreed in October to buy AFP Cuprum,
another Chilean pension company, for $1.51 billion.
Both MetLife and BBVA declined to comment on the report.
MetLife shares were up about a percent at $33.34 on
Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange.