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Nedbank to pay $493.4m for 20% stake in Ecobank

ETI in a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday in Lagos said that Nedbank Group will subscribe in cash for 4,512,618,890 new ETI…

ETI in a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday in Lagos said that Nedbank Group will subscribe in cash for 4,512,618,890 new ETI shares for $493.4m. ETI will repay Nedbank’s loan of $285m granted to ETI in 2011 out of the subscription proceeds.
In line with the agreement with ETI, the Nedbank Group will be afforded the right to representation on the ETI board. The Nedbank Group has nominated its Chief Operating Officer, Graham Dempster, to join the ETI board and ETI will exercise its reciprocal right to an appointment on the Nedbank Group board. Both board appointments are subject to regulatory approvals.
According to the notice, ETI and Nedbank Group established their strategic business alliance in 2008, with the aim of providing seamless banking services across the continent to each other’s clients. This transaction deepens the alliance and includes a commitment to reciprocal technical banking expertise and management support.
Together, ETI and Nedbank Group will offer a unique one-bank experience to their clients across the largest banking network in Africa, comprising more than 2,000 branches and offices in 39 countries, it said.
Nedbank Group is a Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed bank holding company with a market capitalisation of R117.8bn as at 30 June 2014. Its principal banking subsidiary is Nedbank Limited and the group is 52 per cent majority owned by Old Mutual Plc (Old Mutual) which has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and secondary listings on several African exchanges including the JSE. Old Mutual and ETI are joint venture partners in insurance in Nigeria. Nedbank Group owns subsidiaries and banks in Namibia, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, and has representative offices in other Southern Africa countries, including Angola, Kenya and key global financial centres, to provide international banking services for SA-based multinational and high-net-worth clients in London, Toronto and Dubai (UAE).

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