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Equity Bank to acquire Congolese lender at $105 million - The Exchange

Equity Bank is in the final stages of completing its takeover of the Banque commercial du Congo (BCDC).

The acquisition follows an agreement with the majority shareholder—George Arthur Forrest and family to acquire all the 625,354 shares (66.53 per cent) owned by the Belgian at a cost of $105 million.

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo owns 25.53 per cent while other minority shareholders own the remaining 7.94 per cent shares.

The price of the transaction includes dividends declared after January 1, 2019, in respect of the financial year ending December 31, 2019, transpiring to dividend price per share of $ 167.9 per share.

In a statement, Equity Bank Chief Executive James Mwangi said the acquisition provides more motivation for it to push ahead with its 2024 dream of converting into a pan African bank.

“This is an opportunity for the Group to take further steps towards …