Sweden's largest cinema exhibitor SF Bio is to merge its operations with private equity-owned Finnkino to create the largest pan-Nordic exhibition group. Ratos, private equity company which owns Finnkino, has acquired 60 per cent of SF Bio from Swedish media group Bonnier for $420m. According to the new company, the combined group will be worth around SEK 3bn ($462m), with sales of SEK 2.6bn ($400m) and operating profit (EBITA) of SEK 360m ($55.5m). Neither company is putting up any capital initially but Ratos may invest over time. The deal is dependent on approval by the relevant competition authorities and is expected to be completed by the end of April 2013. The new business will have operations in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and will continue to trade under the existing names. SF Bio is the biggest cinema group in Sweden and is also present in Norway. In all, SF Bio owns 43 cinemas with 282 screens and 38,000 seats. Finnkino is the largest cinema operator in Finland and the Baltic states with 24 cinemas, 158 screens and 27,000 seats. It was acquired by Ratos in 2011 for EUR94.3m ($137.4m).