According to insiders, 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, sources informed TheCable.
Last week, Diamond Bank announced its decision to drop its international operating licence to focus on national operations following capitalisation issues.
A Diamond Bank official who spoke to TheCable said there was no need to panic, and all accounts with the bank remains in safe hands.
Uzoma Dozie, the bank’s chief executive officer, confirmed the development in a statement released on Friday.
“With this approval, the bank will cease to operate as an international bank,” Dozie had said.
“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.
“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 per cent, as against 15 per cent 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.
Diamond Bank Q3 2018 report had showed that the bank was under some financial stress with profit after tax falling from N3.9 billion in 2017 to N1.6 billion.
This impacted the bank’s earnings per share, which also dropped sharply from N17 in 2017 to N7 in 2018.
As at Wednesday, the bank had a share price of 0.95 per unit, and a market cap of N22 billion.
Source – The cable