York: Bank of America Corp, the second-largest US
bank, will emerge one of the world's largest card issuers
of credit cards with its acquisition of MBNA Corp. BankAm
had announced its decision on Tuesday this week to buy
MBNA Corp, the biggest independent credit card lender
for $35 billion.
The stock-and-cash transaction, which offered a premium
of 30.6 per cent for MBNA, will more than double BankAm's
card business, giving it 40 million cardholders and
$143 billion in balances.
says BankAm, will make it the world's largest issuer
of Visa and MasterCard credit, debit and prepaid cards,
and the leading rival in cards to Citigroup Inc. and
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and bigger than American Express
The MBNA acquisition is BankAm
chief executive Kenneth Lewis' second major acquisition,
following the $48 billion purchase of Fleet Boston Financial
Corp in April 2004.