Third largest bank

Regulator okays CBA merger with NIC, employees to be retained

In Summary

• None of the 1,872 employees of the two banks are expected to be declared redundant.

• CBA whose market share is at 6.05 per cent, and NIC Bank with 4.62 per cent will both hold 10.67 per cent of the market share post-merger.

NIC Bank in Nairobi.
NIC Bank in Nairobi.
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The Competition Authority has given a nod to the merger between CBA and NIC banks.

CBA, whose market share is at 6.05 per cent, and NIC Bank with 4.62 per cent will both hold 10.67 per cent of the market share post-merger.

“However, it is anticipated that the merged entity will continue facing competition from tier one banks who, together, control 55.32% of the market,” the regulator said in their notice on Monday.

 

The lender will now be ranked third after Kenya Commercial Bank with assets of Sh684.1 billion at the end of 2017 and Equity Bank with Sh560.3 billion in assets respectively in the same period. 

The authority noted that none of the 1,872 employees of the two banks are expected to be declared redundant for a period of 12 months from the date of closing of the transaction. 


The decision to approve the merger was informed further by the parties’ indication that no branch closure is anticipated except in locations where there are overlaps.

It was agreed that where overlaps exist, the merging parties indicated that they intend to open new branches in other locations.

The banking sector has seen some six mergers and acquisitions over the past three years as industry players seek to build scale that is critical in lowering costs and boosting earnings.

KCB is in the final stages of completing the buyout of Imperial Bank, with its offer to take over five branches of the troubled lender. This will in effect enable Imperial bank customers recover 19.7 per cent of the remaining deposit balances still held by the collapsed bank.

KCB is also negotiating a 100 per cent buy of listed lender National Bank, in a share swap deal of one KCB share for every 10 of National,

 

Other completed mergers and acquisitions include DTB takeover of Habib Bank in 2017 in a share swap deal and last year’s acquisition of Chase Bank by State Bank of Mauritius (SBM).

Banking group I&M Holdings also completed its buyout of Giro Commercial Bank in 2017 in a cash-and-stock deal.