NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – I&M Holdings has completed the merger of Giro Commercial Bank Limited (GCBL) into I&M Bank Limited (IMBL), which is IMHL’s banking flagship subsidiary.
Following this, GCBL branches will henceforth be converted to I&M Bank branches and Giro Bank’s customers will become customers of I&M Bank.
The merger came to fruition upon receipt of necessary regulatory approvals from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA), Central Bank of Kenya, the Competition Authority of Kenya as well as
IMHL shareholders. IMHL and GCBL entered into an agreement in September 2015 for I&M.
I&M and Giro entered into an agreement in September 2015 for I&M Bank Limited to acquire 100% of the issued share capital in Giro Bank, and for the merger of Giro Bank’s banking assets and liabilities with that of I&M Bank Limited.
The move underscores the I&M Group’s expansion strategy, which seeks for opportunities to expand both locally and regionally by way of acquisitions.
For Giro Bank’s customers, this merger will provide additional advantage of accessing their bank accounts from 36 new I&M Bank branches located countrywide as well as through Alternate
Channels like all Visa, Kenswitch and I&M Bank ATMs, Mobile Banking, Internet Banking and PesaLink.
It will also enable them to enjoy the range of I&M Bank’s credit, debit and pre-paid Visa and MasterCard payment cards.
Corporate customers of GCBL will be able to avail of I&M’s Cash Management Services, Trade Services as well as Corporate Internet Banking suite.
Through the merger, I&M Group has also acquired additional net advances of approximately Sh9.1 billion, and deposits of Sh12.6 billion besides other assets of approximately Sh6.7 billion.
I&M Group has also acquired GCBL’s branch network which will supplement I&M Bank Limited’s existing network of 36 branches.
I&M Bank Limited will also benefit from the additional human resource capacity of GCBL’s employees which is expected to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
“I am proud to note that this merger will enhance I&M Bank’s efficiency and deliver significant additional value to our combined customers,” said I&M Bank CEO, Kihara Maina.
“The merger will give us greater capacity to grow profitably while extending our larger network to our clients and customers. The transaction further demonstrates our continued leadership role in the industry.”
I&M Holdings Ltd. has a regional banking presence through entities in Kenya, Rwanda, Mauritius and Tanzania.
Listed on the NSE with a market capitalization of Sh32.86 billion, it is regulated by the Capital Markets Authority as well as by the Central Bank of Kenya as a non-operating holding company.