Brazil's BNDES raised $1.5 billion with sale of Vale shares: source - Metro US

Brazil’s BNDES raised $1.5 billion with sale of Vale shares: source

A sign at the main entrance of the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) building is seen in Rio de Janeiro

RIO (Reuters) – Brazil’s state-controlled development bank BNDES raised 8.1 billion reais ($1.53 billion) by selling 135 million shares in miner Vale SA <VALE3.SA> in an auction on Tuesday morning, a source familiar with the matter said.

After this sale, BNDES has reduced its stake in the company to 3.7% from 6.3%, the source added.

The move by BNDES comes as the state-controlled lender has been divesting shares in companies recently as part of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s strategy to reduce government stakes in companies.

Last week, BNDES agreed to sell its stake in power company AES Tiete Energia SA <TIET11.SA> to the firm’s controlling shareholder AES Corp <AES.N>.

Shares in Vale were down 0.3% in afternoon trading at 60.09 reais.

(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga; Writing by Carolina Mandl; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Nick Zieminski)

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