Kenya’s Central Bank approves National Bank acquisition by KCB Group

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has approved the acquisition of 100 per cent shareholding of National Bank Limited ( NSE:NBK ) by KCB Group PLC ( NSE:KCB , USE:KCB , RSE:KCB ).

In the press release, CBK said that the acquisition will strengthen both institutions leveraging their respective well-established domestic and regional corporate, public sector and retail franchises.

KCB Group is a Kenyan non-operating holding company that owns banking subsidiaries in the East African region in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. In addition, the Group owns non-banking subsidiary KCB insurance agency, KCB capital, and KCB foundation.

NBK was incorporated in 1968 as a wholly-owned government entity but over the years had shed its shareholding. The bank is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and owns two subsidiaries: NBK Insurance Agency Limited and Natbank Trustees and Investment Service Limited.

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