How Afreximbank Facilitated Titan Trust Bank’s Complete Acquisition Of Controlling Share In Union Bank
This was contained in to statement signed by Amadou Sall, Afreximbank’s Media Contact, and made available to the public on Monday.
The statement said that the agreement will improve the competitive dynamics of the Nigerian banking market while retaining confidence in the country’s financial services and overall financial stability.
“African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced the disbursement of a US$300 million Intra-African Investment Financing Facility to Titan Trust Bank (TTB) to support its acquisition of a majority stake in Union Bank Plc, Nigeria (UBN),”
The disbursed facility would complement the funds required for the proposed acquisition, he stated
“Afreximbank’s financial support enables TTB to secure the acquisition of a well-capitalised bank with an extensive network, enabling the entity to better serve vital economic activities of the public sector, companies, and small and medium-sized enterprises,” he stated
TTB is a member of the Tropical General Investment (TGI) Group, which is a Pan-African conglomerate with diversified investments in various industries across seven African countries and a large network of origination, distribution, and supply chain hubs,
TTB would use the UBN acquisition to boost its capacity to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area’s unrivalled potential, he said (AfCFTA).
The statement said Afreximbank would continue to support the newly merged entity in trade finance to promote intra- and extra-African trade through its broad range of programmes and initiatives.
“The development impact of the acquisition is immense as TTB will leverage the merged entity to provide financing of about three billion dollars over the medium term of which over 600 million dollars will directly support intra-regional trade finance.’’
“The bank remains committed to enhancing the position of indigenous financial institutions,” said Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank
According to Oramah, this would give Africa more control over its financial markets and strengthen the continent’s economic resilience.
“As international capital retreats from Africa, we must redouble our efforts to build an effective and resilient financial services sector on the continent committed to intra-African trade and investments and the development of regional value chains.
“Afreximbank is confident that the transaction will engender confidence in the Nigerian financial system and attract additional capital investments.It would also support the financial inclusion of small-scale enterprises, women-led businesses, youth enterprises and start-ups which are critical to the successful implementation of the AfCFTA’’.