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Dr. Herbert Wigwe, late Group CEO, Access Holdings Plc

Access Bank signs Zambia merger

Mr. Herbert Wigwe, GMD Access Bank Plc

By Itohan Abara-Laserian

Lagos, Oct. 25, 2021

Access Bank Plc has signed an agreement with Atlas Mara Ltd. on a merger between African Banking Corporation Zambia Ltd., and its subsidiary, Access Bank Zambia Ltd.

The bank’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, said this in a notice posted on the website of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Ltd. on Monday.

According to Wigwe, upon completion of the transaction, the bank is expected to retain or increase its current shareholding in Access Bank Zambia.

He said after the merger the bank would have over 70 branches and agencies, approximately one billion dollars in total assets and over 300,000 customers in Zambia.

He said the transaction would require significant additional capital investment requirements from the bank given the capital and other synergies created from the merger between Access Bank Zambia with Cavmont Bank in 2020.

He explained that the proposed transaction was expected to be concluded in 2022, subject to regulatory approvals in Nigeria and Zambia.

“This transaction represents another milestone that brings us closer to the achievement of our broader strategic objectives.

“The merger of the Atlas Mara Zambia with Access Bank Zambia is expected to augment our presence in Zambia and the broader COMESA region, Africa’s largest free trade area,” he said.

He added that the management was particularly excited by the prospects of increased earnings contribution to the bank from the enlarged Access Bank Zambia.

Meanwhile, Mr. Lishala Situmbeko, has been appointed Managing Director of Access Bank Zambia.

He brings over 25 years of cognate experience and deep local relationship into the bank’s Zambia operations.

“Today’s announcement is a testament to the strong confidence of the Zambia market in the Banks country and regional strategy as well as our strong confidence in the long-term prospects for the Zambia economy,” he added. 

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