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Report: 4 Brazilian firms interested in bidding for Guide Investimentos

A group of four Brazilian investment brokerage firms linked to XP Investimentos SA is interested in making a bid for Guide Investimentos SA Corretora de Valores, Valor Econômico reported, citing a source.

The group, whose worth is more than 25 billion Brazilian reais, is made up of Acqua, EQI Investimentos, Messem and Monte Bravo. They are mainly interested in Guide's client portfolio and its asset management structure.

Buying Guide Investimentos would be a growth opportunity for the four entities, and does not represent an intention to compete with XP, the source noted.

China's Fosun International Ltd., which controls Guide Investimentos, was recently reported to be considering selling part of its stake in Guide Investimentos and asset manager Rio Bravo Investimentos Ltda., or completely divest its stakes in both. Fosun denied any plans to fully exit both companies, but said it is "looking for new investors to bolster its businesses in Brazil."

The Chinese conglomerate acquired a 69.14% stake in Guide Investimentos in 2018.

As of Jan. 16, US$1 was equivalent to 4.18 Brazilian reais.