Access Bank Not Planning To Take Over Diamond Bank

Yemisi Izuora 

Access Bank has denied engaging in any discussion with Diamond Bank or any other institution with the intention of buying it.

The bank was reacting to a national daily which reported that Access Bank was set to add “Diamond Bank’s portfolio to its assets in the next few months”.

Access Bank’s company secretary, Mr.  Sunday Ekwochi said in a statement on Monday:  “Our attention has been drawn to a newspaper report, relating to Access Bank Plc being engaged in merger and acquisition talks with Diamond Bank Plc”.

“We wish to notify the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the general public that the bank has not entered into such talk with Diamond Bank or any other institution.”

The earlier report said both financial institutions have reached an agreement in broad terms on the acquisition. What is left is the valuation of assets, with a view to determining the level of compensation and systems’ integration.

“As a public quoted company built on best practice, the bank is fully cognizant of its disclosure obligation in respect of any such corporate action and will always discharge its obligation in the most professional manner,” Ekwochi said.

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