Access Bank Targets Owning Kenya National Bank


Known for constantly achieving great feats in the banking industry and beyond, Access Bank Plc and KCB Group Plc (KCB) have signed a binding agreement to acquire 100 percent shareholding in National Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK) from KCB.

The successful completion of the transaction is as a result of conditions that are normal for transactions of this nature including receipt of all regulatory approvals from, amongst others, the Central Bank of Kenya, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the COMESA Competition Commission, and notifications to other relevant regulators.

For Access Bank, this move emphasises its commitment to strethen its presence in Kenya, and the East African region at large.

The managing director/chief executive of Access Bank, Roosevelt Ogbonna said, “the transaction represents an important milestone for the Bank as it moves us closer to the achievement of our five-year strategic plan through increased scale in the Kenyan market.

“We are building a strong and sustainable franchise to support economic prosperity, encourage Africa trade, advance financial inclusion thereby empowering many to achieve their financial dreams.

“Trade flows in East Africa revolve around key trade corridors, with Kenya being a key player in the region. With the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, these corridors will continue to expand, and by deploying our best-in-class financial solutions, we are strategically positioned to deliver sustainable value for our stakeholders.

“The consolidation in Kenya will support the realisation of our aspiration to be Africa’s Payment Gateway to the World. Subsequent to the completion of the transaction, NBK 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.”

Paul Russo, the Group CEO of KCB said: “this transaction represents what we believe is a great opportunity to maximise value for our shareholders while strengthening the competitive position for the Group. The past four years have been defining for NBK as a KCB Group subsidiary, and this step marks the opening of new opportunities.

“During the period, we have made progressive investments in the Bank, and we believe that this is in the best interest of the Group and its sustainability. Our growth strategy is premised on both organic and inorganic plans, and we shall continue to seek opportunities that increase our shareholder’s value.”

Access Bank said that all parties will work together in the next few months to fulfill the conditions relating to the proposed acquisition, including the regulatory approvals of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and the Central Bank of Kenya. The management also said that Access Bank will continue to provide a full range of banking services and continuity for its stakeholders, including employees and customers in Kenya.

Access Bank has embarked on a strategic expansion drive, marked by significant acquisitions. In January, the Bank became one of Zambia’s top five banks by revenue with prospects to be in the top three by 2027 after it completed its acquisition of Atlas Mara Zambia.











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