E*Trade sells Investsmart stake to HSBC

Source: E*Trade Financial

E*Trade Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: ETFC) today announced that its indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary, E*Trade Mauritius Limited, has completed the sale of 100 percent of its equity shares in IL&FS Investsmart Limited ("Investsmart"), an India-based financial services organization, to HSBC, through its Group subsidiaries.

The sale will yield approximately $145 million in proceeds to E*TRADE.

"We are pleased with the success E*TRADE has had identifying and executing on non-core asset sales, marking solid progress against our 2008 Turnaround Plan," said Donald H. Layton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, E*TRADE FINANCIAL Corporation. "With the sale of E*TRADE Mauritius' equity stake in IL&FS, non-core asset sales for the year have generated more than $700 million in proceeds, a testament to the success of our Turnaround Plan and our commitment to raising capital in an efficient and shareholder-friendly manner."


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