Access bank Plc has secured approval of the Securities and Exchange commission to proceed with its plans to raise N52.6 billion in a share sale as it pursues expansion and stronger cash reserves.
Access Bank Plc, with operations in eight other countries, will be selling shares to existing shareholders by way of Rights Issue of 7,627,639,636 shares of 50 kobo each at N6.90k. Shareholders of the Bank had approved the Board of Directors’ proposal to raise additional equity at an Extra Ordinary Meeting held in Lagos last year.
The raising of capital falls in line with Access Bank’s five-year corporate strategy plan to be one of the top three banks in the country and the world’s most respected African Bank.
This will be anchored on four critical pillars-capital, human capital, governance and risk management. It will also enable the Bank to be more competitive and meet the funding needs of its blue chip customers that meet its credit risk criteria.
Acceptance List Open for the Rights Issue opened in January 2015 and will close by Wednesday, 4 March 2015.The Rights being offered are tradable on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
The Group Managing Director/CEO Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, said the proceeds from the offer would be used to upgrade the Bank’s information technology platforms to enable it provide better services, upgrade the Bank’s branch networks and further improve the working environment.
He noted that despite the challenging conditions in the nation’s banking sector with regulatory changes and increased competition, Access Bank continued to sharpen its execution skills, thereby ensuring a solid platform to build on.