Access Bank To Acquire National Bank of Kenya

Access Holdings Plc has entered into a binding agreement with Kenyan-based KCB Group Plc for the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of National Bank of Kenya Limited.

The deal will see Access Holdings’ 100% acquisition of the Kenyan national bank from KCB which is also the holding company of KCB Bank Ltd, Kenya’s largest commercial bank.

In a statement filed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited on Wednesday, Access Holdings’ Secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, said the transaction is in furtherance of the Bank’s African expansion strategy and will reposition it as a stronger and significant player in the Kenyan market whilst serving as a regional hub for East Africa.

The parties would be working together in the coming months to fulfil the conditions precedent relating to the Transaction, which include the regulatory approvals of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Central Bank of Kenya.

Sequel to the completion of the Transaction, the target would be combined with Access Bank Kenya Plc to create an enlarged franchise in the pursuit of our strategic objective for the Kenyan and East African markets.

Commenting on the Transaction, the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Holdings Plc, Bolaji Agbede, said, “This proposed acquisition marks a significant step in the execution of our five-year strategic plan aimed at positioning the Bank as Africa’s Gateway to the World.

“The deal with NBK, a historically strong and well-known bank in Kenya with a balance sheet in excess of US$1.1 billion, presents a compelling opportunity to scale up our growth in the East African market. We remain confident that our investments towards diversifying and strengthening the Bank’s long-term earnings profile will deliver significant value for our shareholders, customers, and wider stakeholder groups.”

The bank whose Group CEO, Herbert Wigwe, died in a helicopter crash on February 9, 2024, returned its immediate past group CEO, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, as group Chairman in March.

Access Holdings Plc reportedly operates through a network of more than 600 branches and service outlets, spanning three continents, 18 countries and over 60 million customers.


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