Atos to sell a 13% Worldline stake via private placement

People walk in front of the Atos company's logo during a presentation of the new Bull sequana supercomputer in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - French IT company Atos plans to sell a 13.1% stake in Worldline through a private placement after the payments company agreed to buy French rival Ingenico.

Atos said in a statement that it would keep a 3.8% stake in Worldline after the process.

French state-backed investment bank Bpifrance has committed to purchase 4 million of Worldline's shares in the placement, the IT company also said.

(Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by David Goodman)