Access Bank’s Unending Appetite for Expansion

Access Bank’s Unending Appetite for Expansion

Obinna Chima writes about Access Bank’ acquisition of majority stake in BancABC Botswana, in line with the financial institution’s vision to be Africa’s gateway to the world

Over the last few years, Access Bank Plc has been on an aggressive expansion journey. From expanding its footprints nationally, the Nigerian bank has been strategically planting branches across Africa and establishing presence in countries thousands of miles from its headquarters, with a view to take advantage of the widening opportunities in the continent.

The latest among such venture by Access Bank was its announcement on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) that it had acquired 78.15 per cent shareholding in African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited (BancABC Botswana).

The Company Secretary, Access Bank, Sunday Ekwochi, who disclosed this, explained that BancABC Botswana is the fifth largest bank in Botswana as well as a well-capitalised franchise poised for growth in its local market.

“The new acquisition will form part of the Bank’s nexus for trade and payments in Southern Africa and the boarder COMESA trade region. BancABC Botswana’s achievements in the retail banking space will provide an opportunity for the bank to deploy its best-in-class digital platforms and product suites to the benefit of BancABC Botswana’s customers and enable it to complete strongly across its core business segments,” he explained.

Commenting on the transaction, GMD/CEO, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe said: “We are pleased with the successful conclusion of this transaction which will provide significant synergies by combining BancABC Botswana’s strong retail banking operation with Access Bank’s wholesale banking capabilities.

“It will also strengthen the quality of earnings through revenue diversification and growth in the corporate and SME banking segments for BancABC Botswana. The combination is another step towards out broader vision of becoming the World’s Most Respected African Bank.”

Access Bank already has subsidiaries across Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, providing financial and banking services. The bank’s subsidiaries include Access Bank (Gambia) Limited, Access Bank (Sierra Leone) Limited, Access Bank (Zambia) Limited, Access Bank (UK) Limited, Access Bank (Ghana) Limited, Access Bank (D.R. Congo), Access Bank (Rwanda) Limited, Access Bank (Guinea) Limited, Access Bank (Kenya) Limited and Access Bank (Mozambique) Limited.

According to Wigwe, the target is for the bank to establish its presence in 22 African countries as well as some strategic locations outside the continent so as to diversify its earnings and take advantage of growth opportunities in Africa.

Probably the first and most important benefit of Access Bank’s expansion is […]

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