Co-op Bank Acquires 90 Percent Stake In Jamii Bora Bank

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Shareholders of Jamii Bora Bank have unanimously approved Co-op Bank’s offer to acquire 90 percent of the bank. 

This will be through the subscription of 224,153,154 new class of Ordinary Shares that would enable Co-op Bank inject Ksh1 billion and appoint a Board to run the business. 

The Co-operative Bank Group is one of the largest banks in the region with an asset base of over Ksh470 billion, pre-dominantly owned by the over 15 million member Kenya Co-operative movement. The following are the related companies;

Jamii Bora Bank is a fully-fledged Commercial Bank, licensed and regulated by the Central Bank of Kenya, with over 444,000 customers in 17 branches and employs over 190 staff.

The Bank has a strategic niche in MSME banking, offering working capital and trade finance solutions.

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“The next steps will now be the regulatory approvals notably from Central Bank of Kenya, Capital Markets Authority and the Competition Authority of Kenya,” said Co-op Bank in a statement.

The strategic entry of Co-op Bank coming in as a 90% strategic owner is an “Inclusive Growth Model” that particularly safeguards the existing shareholders of Jamii Bora; in that they will now share in the expected future Transformation gains/profitability growth.

“This acquisition will strengthen both institutions leveraging on the Co-operative Bank’s well-established Universal Banking model as well as our successful business Transformation Agenda/Turnaround riding on the bedrock of the 15 million member co-operative movement and a Kshs.470 Billion balance sheet,” added the statement.

Co-op Bank had a profit of Ksh20.7 Billion as at December 31, 2019 and on April 23, 2020 paid out over Ksh5.9 Billion in dividends to our shareholders.

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