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BREAKING: Access Bank to acquire National Bank of Kenya

Access Holdings has announced plans to acquire the National Bank of Kenya in its first significant deal since Herbert Wigwe’s death.

According to a corporate disclosure on the NGX website, Access Bank Plc, the leading subsidiary of Access Holdings, would acquire the entire issued share capital of National Bank of Kenya Limited from KCB.

Access Bank stated that it entered into a binding agreement with Kenyan-based KCB Group Plc (“KCB”) to acquire the entire issued share capital of National Bank of Kenya Limited (“NBK” or “the Target”) from KCB. KCB is also the holding company of KCB Bank Ltd, Kenya’s largest commercial bank.

The bank said this aligns with Access Bank’s strategic expansion initiative and is poised to solidify its presence in the Kenyan market.

On the transaction, Bolaji Agbede, the Acting Group CEO of Access Holdings Plc, 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.”

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