Access Bank Plc has debunked reports in some major daily newspaper on plans to acquire Diamond Bank. In a statement by the bank, it noted that it has not entered into any discussion with Diamond Bank.
The Nation Newspaper had earlier today announced plans by Access Bank to add Diamond Bank’s assets to its list of portfolio by the first quarter of next year, noting that both financial institutions have reached an agreement in broad terms on the acquisition.
Recall that Bloomberg had reported plans by a major investor to inject funds into Diamond Bank on condition that the CEO, Uzoma Dozie, exits his position. The report attributed to the Chairman, Seyi Bickersteth, has since been denied by the bank.
According to the statement
“the Board wish to clarify that the company has not received an offer from an investor to inject cash. Further to the Company’s announcement of 26 October 2018, Diamond Bank and its Board of Directors continue to review all strategic options on a regular basis.
“Diamond Bank would also like to clarify it enjoys the support of its major shareholders, including The Carlyle Group and Kunoch Holdings who are, as ever, working in cooperation with the Board and management as appropriate to ensure the successful operation of its business in Africa’s most dynamic banking market.”
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. 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.
H1 2018 financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2018, it recorded gross earnings of ₦98.5 billion compared to ₦97.9 billion reported for the period ended June 2017. This represents 1% increase year on year. The bank’s profit after tax for the half year ended 30th June 2018 was ₦1.80 billion, a 78% decrease compared to a profit of ₦8.02 billion recorded in H1 2017.
Diamond Bank Plc commenced operations as a private limited liability company in 1991. By 2005, its shares were listed on The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).