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Recapitalisation: Access Bank confident of raising $300m- Aig-Imoukhuede

Mr Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede, Chairman of Access Holdings Plc, says he’s confident that the bank would raise 300 million dollars in capital for Access Bank, considering…

Mr Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede, Chairman of Access Holdings Plc, says he’s confident that the bank would raise 300 million dollars in capital for Access Bank, considering the bank’s strong market position and shareholders’ support.

Aig-Imokhuede said this in an interview on the sideline of Access Holdings’ second Annual General Meeting(AGM) held in Lagos.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on March 29, directed commercial banks in Nigeria with international authorisation to shore up their capital base to N500 billion and national banks to N200 billion.

The recapitalisation exercise is expected to commence from April 1 to March 31, 2026.

Consequently, the shareholders of Access Bank, at the AGM, unanimously backed the Group’s plan to establish a capital raising programme of up to $1.5 billion.

They also agreed to the subset initiative to raise up to N365 billion specifically, through a Rights Issue of ordinary shares to its shareholders.

The proceeds of the rights issue will be used to support ongoing working capital needs, including organic growth funding for the group’s banking and other non-banking subsidiaries

Aig-Imokhuede explained that having announced to embark on a capital raising through Right Issue, he was confident that the group’s shareholders would support the bank in the journey.

He stated that Access Holdings had a unique relationship with the capital market in Nigeria and internationally. “It is not the first time CBN has come up with such a policy.

“Recall that in 2004 when CBN announced that all banks must recapitalise to the tune of N25 billion Access Bank had about N3 billion of capital.

“Between 2004 and 2007, our team, when I was the CEO of the bank, raised two billion dollars of common equity capital.

“Therefore, in 2024 when Access Holdings  is much older, wiser, stronger, larger and significantly respected by the capital market with over 800,000 shareholders, raising 300 million dollars in capital for Access Bank, its banking subsidiary is not really much of a challenge.

“We signalled to the market first that we will be doing a Right Issue, which means that we must carry everybody along, in spite of our large institutional shareholders.

“Nonetheless, we believe in ensuring that shareholders, either large or small, continue with us on our journey.

“They have always supported us when need be with good reasons because they believe in the company and the performance that would be delivered subsequently to such capital raising exercise.

 

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