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ⓘ Banco Davivienda El Salvador, established in 1885, is the third largest bank in El Salvador. As of 2012, it had some 65 branches, 1.800 employees and Banco Davi ..




                                     

ⓘ Banco Davivienda El Salvador

Banco Davivienda El Salvador, established in 1885, is the third largest bank in El Salvador. As of 2012, it had some 65 branches, 1.800 employees and Banco Davivienda El Salvador, established in 1885, is the third largest bank in El Salvador. As of 2012, it had some 65 branches, 1.800 employees and $1.5 billion in assets.5 billion in assets.

                                     

1. History

In 1891 the bank, merged with the branch there of Anglo-South American Bank under the name Banco Salvadoreño Bancosal. The bank came to an agreement with Banco Internacional de El Salvador, which had a 25-year monopoly on note issuance, so that it too could issue notes. The government of El Salvador nationalized the bank in 1980 as part of a blanket nationalization of financial institutions, but privatized the bank in 1993.

In November 2006, HSBC acquired Grupo Banistmo Banistmo, a Panamanian banking group that owned Panamas leading bank, Primer Banco del Istmo, and 106 other branches in Costa Rica, Honduras, Colombia and Nicaragua, as well as 56.2% of the holding company that owned Bancosal. The next year, HSBC extended two tender offers to acquire the remaining shares in the bank. The bank changed its name to Banco HSBC Salvadoreño and then to HSBC El Salvador.

HSBC sold its operations in El Salvador to Colombian bank Davivienda in 2012 and the bank was renamed Banco Davivienda El Salvador.