The bank revealed that the sale was in line with the bank’s objective of streamlining its operations and focus its resources on the immense opportunities in Nigeria’s retail banking market.
This is not the first time the bank will divest from its subsidiaries as it had earlier announced its divestment from the West Africa business Diamond Bank S.A. for 61 million Euros to Manzi Finances S.A in November 2017.
Uzoma Dozie, CEO, Diamond Bank noted that the bank’s strategic objective is to become the fastest growing, and most profitable technology-driven retail banking franchise in the country.
He however assured that the sale of the international subsidiaries will not cause a service disruption for the bank’s customers as they will continue to enjoy enhanced and convenient services.
Banks in the country are broadly divided into two: Tier one and Tier two. Tier one banks comprise FBN Holdings, UBA, GT Bank, Acces Bank and Zenith while other banks in the country are collectively known as Tier two banks.
They typically have higher non-performing loans and lower Capital Adequacy Ratios (CARs).
In a bid to mobilize deposits, they pay higher rates also their relatively small size also deny them the advantage of a large pool of funds, like their Tier 1 counterparts.
Diamond Bank Plc commenced operations as a Private limited liability company in 1991. It was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2005. It closed at ₦1.95 in today’s trading session.