GTBank gets CBN’s approval-in-principle to transform to a financial holding company

WorlStage Newsonline– Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank), a leading bank in Africa  has announced that it had obtained the approval-in-principle of the Central Bank of Nigeria to commence the formal process of the reorganisation of the bank to a financial holding company.

A notice filed by the bank at the Nigerian Stock Exchange of Wednesday said the reorganisation will be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement between the bank and its shareholders pursuant to the companies and Allied Matters Act.

The note said the bank had also obtained the :No-objection” of the Security and Exchange Commission in connection with the proposed scheme.

“Under the restructuring, it is proposed that the issued shares in the bank be exchanged on a one-for-one basis for the shares in the financial holding company. The bank’s existing Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) are also proposed to be exchanged on a one-for-one basis for new GDRs to be issued by the financial holding company,” the note said.

The board of directors of GTBank were said to have made the decision to embark on the restructuring following a comprehensive strategic evaluation of the operating and competitive environment of the Nigerian banking sector in the near term.

“The board expects that the financial holding company will have greater strategic flexibility to adapt to future business opportunities as well as market and regulatory changes that is currently the case,” the bank said.

The bank said subject to the approval of the scheme by the bank’s shareholders, the relevant regulatory authorities and the Federal high Court of Nigeria, the holding company will have an organisational structure similar to that used by a significant number of major financial institutions globally

“The financial holding company will be regulated by the CBN as an other financial institution and listed on the official list of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange,” the note said.

“Concurrently, the bank will be delisted from the official list of the NSE and the LSE, and re-registered as a private limited liability company under the relevant provisions of the Nigeria’s corporate legislation.

“GTBank will continue to be subject to the full suite of CBN banking regulations.”

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