MADRID--Spanish businessman Manuel Jove has reduced his stake in local lender Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (BBVA) to 2.99% from 5%, his investment company said in a filing with regulators Tuesday.
Mr. Jove handed more than 125.8 million shares to UBS AG, London (UBS), as part of a transaction agreed with UBS to acquire BBVA stock in 2007. No additional details were disclosed.
In July 2007, UBS said it arranged on behalf of a third party a five-year, 3.2 billion-euro mandatory note exchangeable into BBVA shares. At the time, BBVA shares traded at EUR18.36. The shares are currently trading at EUR4.43. The company has a market value of EUR23.84 billion and about 5.38 billion shares outstanding.
Mr. Jove bought the BBVA shares after selling his majority stake in Fadesa Inmobiliaria SA, a Spanish real-estate company he founded in 2007. The company was then merged and filed for bankruptcy in 2008 as Spain's real-estate market began to deteriorate.
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