A source at the Omani bank said HSBC is in talks with Oman International Bank over a sale of its operations in the Gulf Arab state.
“OIB is negotiating the acquisition of HSBC’s operation in Oman,” a senior OIB official told Reuters.
“They have five branches and one customer service department. We have offered a financial package which they are considering.”
Both HSBC and OIB had earlier issued statements saying the two parties were in talks about “merging their operations” in Oman without providing any additional details.
A separate source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said OIB would consider a share-swap agreement, and added that no external advisers were involved in the deal.
An HSBC spokesman in Dubai declined to comment on the announcement.
HSBC is reviewing its Middle Eastern operations, with the United Arab Emirates becoming a regional hub and other countries having their operations reduced.
The reorganization is affecting Oman, as well as Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, and the UAE.