DONE DEAL: Access Bank Buys Diamond Bank
It all started as a rumour but after months of speculation, it has now been confirmed that Access Bank is acquiring troubled Diamond bank, and that in fact, the transaction has been completed.
TheCable in an exclusive report, confirmed this, quoting insiders, who mentioned that the official announcement of the transaction will be made in the course of the week by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
The acquisition was midwifed by the CBN in a bid to further consolidate the banking industry, according to the sources who spoke to TheCable.
A Diamond Bank official who also spoke to the paper said there was no need for the public to panic as “the bank is in safe hands”.
Last week, Diamond Bank announced its decision to drop its international operating licence to focus on national operations following capitalisation issues.
Uzoma Dozie, the bank’s chief executive officer, had confirmed in a statement released on Friday that it would cease to operate as an international bank.
“The re-licensing as a national bank supports Diamond Bank’s objective of streamlining its operations to focus resources on the significant opportunities in the Nigerian retail banking market, and the economy as a whole,” he had said in a statement.
“The move follows Diamond Bank’s decision to sell its international operations, which included the disposal of its West African Subsidiary in 2017 and Diamond Bank UK, the sale of which is currently in its final stages.
“The change to national bank status also enables the bank to maintain a lower minimum capital requirement of 10%, as against 15% required for international banks.”
The bank recorded its worst month on record in November with share plunging to 0.61k per unit on November 30, 2018.
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