SAO PAULO--Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista plans to sign off on the sale of a third stake in his holding company EBX Group to an international investor at the beginning of July, said a person familiar with the negotiations.
The person, who declined to be named, did not offer further details of the pending transaction.
EBX representatives declined to comment for this article.
At the end of March, Batista sold a 5.63% stake in EBX to Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund for $2 billion. In May, Batista sold a 0.8% stake in EBX for $300 million to General Electric Co. (GE). At the time, GE said EBX wanted to use the proceeds to reinforce the company's finances and help fund future investment opportunities.
Batista, the richest man in Brazil, is raising money to diversify into industries ranging from precious metals to entertainment and sports management. The group currently holds interests in industries such as mining and oil as well as infrastructure and logistics, all of which are in different stages of development.
Batista has also been collecting a number of high profile associations, having also signed last April a partnership with U.S. technology giant International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), through EBX's subsidiary SIX Automacao.
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