This followed an agreement reached by Union Global Partners Limited and other major shareholders to divest 89.39 percent shareholding in Union Bank to Titan Trust Bank.
In May 2021, Investors King reported that Atlas Mara Limited, a London Stock Exchange-listed company, was looking to offset its 49.97 percent stake in Union Bank of Nigeria Plc and exit Africa. Zenith Bank, Access Bank and others were reportedly in talks with Atlas Mara to acquire its stake in Union Bank, according to a Bloomberg report.
In a not so surprising statement, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc on Thursday announced it has received notification from Union Global Partners Ltd and other existing shareholders of the bank (presumed to be Atlas Mara Limited and other minority holders) of their intentions to relinquish a combined 89.39 percent stake in Union Bank to a new buyer, Titan Trust Bank.
The board of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc disclosed this in a statement signed by Somuyiwa Sonubi, Company Secretary and obtained by Investors King. The bank added that the agreement, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other financial conditions, would upon completion transfer 89.39 percent of Union Bank’s issued share capital to Titan Trust Bank.
Commenting on the development, the Chairperson of Union Bank, Mrs. Beatrice Hamza Bassey said, “on behalf of the Board, we congratulate all the parties involved in reaching this phase of the transaction and the Board looks forward to supporting the next steps to ensure a seamless completion of the process following regulatory approvals. We are grateful to our current investors whose significant and consequential investments over the past nine years facilitated the transformation of Union Bank, one of Nigeria’s oldest and storied institutions. Today, the Bank is well-positioned with an innovative product offering, a growing customer base of over six million and consistent year on year profitability. This is a solid foundation for our incoming investors to build on as we move into a new era for the Bank.”
On his part, the Chairman of Titan Trust Bank, Mr. Tunde Lemo, OFR said, “The Board of Titan Trust Bank and our key stakeholders are delighted as this transaction marks a key step for Titan Trust in its strategic growth journey and propels the institution to the next level in the Nigerian banking sector. The deal represents a unique opportunity to combine Union Bank’s longstanding and leading banking franchise with TTB’s innovation-led model which promises to enhance the product and service offering for our combined valued customers.”
Established in 1917 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1971, Union Bank is one of Nigeria’s long-standing and most respected financial institutions. The Bank has a network of over 280 Sales and Service Centers across Nigeria.
Similarly, Titan Trust Bank is the newest national commercial bank in Nigeria. Started by a former CBN Deputy Governor, Tunde Lemo, It commenced operation in October 2019 with a strong capital base and demonstrated precision in the execution of its strategy by showing tremendous growth, even in difficult times.
Edited by Samed Olukoya.
Bitmama Inc. Acquires Payday, Expanding Fintech Footprint in Nigeria
Nigeria’s blockchain payments platform Bitmama Inc. has successfully acquired Payday, a virtual card service provider.
The acquisition, facilitated through Bitmama’s cross-border payments product, Changera, signals a pivotal shift in the industry and consolidated the blockchain payment platform by acquiring 100% of Payday’s customer base.
Launched in 2021, Changera is set to absorb key personnel from Payday, spanning various departments like marketing, customer service, and engineering.
While specific details of the financial terms remain undisclosed, a source close to the matter revealed that the acquisition process is approximately “85% complete.”
For the over 300,000 customers formerly under Payday’s purview, the transition to Changera’s care promises a seamless experience, with minimal noticeable changes.
Despite Payday CEO Favour Ori’s integration into Bitmama’s team remaining uncertain, Changera is well-positioned with an established leadership and a robust technical team.
A senior member of Bitmama’s management assured that Payday’s brand will persist but will now operate under the broader umbrella of Changera, supported by its stablecoin infrastructure.
This integration aims to address operational challenges faced by Payday, such as industry-wide charge-back fraud, disruptions in Mastercard services, and the departure of senior team members.
Post-acquisition, Bitmama plans to embark on an ambitious roadmap, including the development of a new solution enhancing foreign exchange (FX) transactions for African businesses.
Anticipated for launch in Q1 2024, this solution aims to facilitate smoother and more efficient B2B cross-border financial interactions.
The acquisition of Payday by Bitmama aligns with the broader trend of strategic consolidations within the fintech industry, reflecting a pattern where companies seek partnerships and acquisitions to overcome market challenges and scale operations.
This move mirrors similar strategic consolidations, including the acquisition of Chaka by Risevest in September 2023, underscoring the industry’s drive towards collaborative growth.
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