Access Bank acquires new bank in Kenya

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Seven months after Access Bank and Diamond bank merged to form the largest bank in Africa by customer-size, Access Bank is set to acquire another bank,in east Africa,  Kenya.

Access Bank received the go-ahead to ‘acquire Transnational Bank Limited ’ after confirmation from Competition Authority of Kenya.

The acquisition will see Access Bank takeover 93.57% of Transnational Bank Limited.

Earlier this year, Access Bank and Diamond Bank merged to form a leading Tier 1 Nigerian bank; spanning three continents, 12 countries and 29 million customers.

The acquisition of Kenya’s Transnational Bank Limited by Access Bank follows a series of mergers in the East African nation’s banking industry.

The country has recorded merger between NIC Group Plc and Commercial Bank of Africa Limited, and KCB Group Limited’s acquisition of National Bank of Kenya Limited.

Kenya’s Central Bank has been pushing for a merger between the country’s banks because it has more banks per person than South Africa and Nigeria. Kenya has a population of 50 million with about 40 banks. The drive for consolidation had led SBM Holdings Ltd of Mauritius to acquire some of the assets of Chase Bank Kenya Limited and the entire capital of Fidelity Commercial Bank Limited.

With this move by Access Bank, it now has operation in Kenya like its Nigerian competitors, Guaranty Trust Bank Ltd and United Bank of Africa Plc.

Transnational Bank only lends to the agricultural sector. However, its non-performing loans increased by 58% to 1.85 billion shillings, while loans rose 0.5% to 6.63 billion shillings, according to a report. Also, in 2018, Transnational Bank recorded a full-year pretax loss of 98.5 million shillings ($951,690).

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