Access Bank’s Shareholders Approve HoldCo
Shareholders of leading commercial banking group, Access Bank Plc,
has approved the transition of the bank to a holding company (holdco), Access Holdings Plc.
The transition will enable the group to invest in non-banking subsidiaries, a move that places the first tier bank in a pillar position to expand into a global one-stop financial services group.
At the combined physical and virtual court-ordered meeting held recently at the bank’s head office in Lagos; with livestream to the global audience of shareholders and other stakeholders, shareholders approved the scheme document for the conversion to holdco. Shareholders had earlier approved the idea and conversion process while the bank had also secured the crucial “no-objection” approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), leading to the order of the Federal High Court for yesterday’s final meeting of the shareholders for the approval of the scheme of arrangement for the conversion.
Under the transition arrangement, the entire issued share capital of Access Bank comprising of 35.545 billion ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each will be converted into same shares of holdco and distribute to all shareholders of Access Bank on the basis of one share of Access Bank in exchange for one share of the new Access Holdings Plc.