ING's (NYSE:ING) Latin American operations will soon be one division lighter. The company announced it reached an agreement to sell its mortgage business in Mexico to Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico (NYSE:BSMX), the local presence of Spanish financial group Banco Santander (NYSE:SAN). The price was 643 million pesos ($51 million), according to Mexico City newspaper La Cronica de Hoy.

In the press release announcing the ING Hipotecaria deal, its parent company said the sale was part of a "process to divest its insurance and investment management businesses."

The unit is a mortgage business with 20 branches throughout the country. It services roughly 28,000 clients.

ING said that the deal was not expected to have a material impact on its results. It is subject to regulatory approval by the relevant authorities, and is expected to close in the second half of this year.

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