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Access Bank Acquires Diamond Bank ”International”

Access Bank Plc has acquired the international arm of Diamond Bank Plc. The acquisition of Diamond bank by Access Bank refers not to Diamond bank Nigeria PLC. It only affects their international interests. Diamond bank is relicensing themselves as only a national bank. Things stay the same in Nigeria. So your Diamond Bank App remains same!

Last week, Diamond Bank announced its decision to drop its international operating licence to focus on national operations following capitalisation issues.

Uzoma Dozie, the bank’s Chief Executive Officer, confirmed the development in a statement released on Friday. Dozie had said: “With this approval, the bank will cease to operate as an international bank.

“There-licensing as a national bank supports Diamond Bank’s objective of streamlining its operations to focus resources on the significant opportunities in the Nigerian retail banking market, and the economy as a whole. The move follows Diamond Bank’s decision to sell its international operations, which included the disposal of its West African Subsidiary in 2017 and Diamond Bank UK, the sale of which is currently in its final stages.”

“The change to national bank status also enables the bank to maintain a lower minimum capital requirement of 10 per cent, as against 15 per cent required for international banks.”

The bank recorded its worst month on record in November with share plunging to 0.61k per unit on November 30, 2018.

More details to follow…

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