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CORPORATE RE-ORGANISATION TO FINANCIAL HOLDING COMPANY; GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC OBTAINS IN -PRINCIPLE APPROVAL FROM CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA AND NO-OBJECTION FROM THE SECURITIES &EXCHANGE COMMISSION, NIGERIA

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Guaranty Trust Bank Plc(GTBankor the Bank) is pleased to announce that it has obtained the approval-in-principle of the Central Bank of Nigeria {the CBN) to commence the formal process of the reorganisation of the  Bank to a financial holding company (the Restructuring), which will be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement between the  Bank and its shareholders pursuant to the Companies and Allied Matters Act (theScheme).

 

The Bank has also obtained the “No-objection” of the Securities &Exchange Commission [the SEC) in connection with the proposed Scheme.

 

Overview of the Restructuring

 

Under the Restructuring, it is proposed that the issued shares in the Bank be exchanged on a one-for-one basis for the shares in a financial holding company. The Bank’s existing Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) are also proposed to be exchanged on a one-for-one basis for new GDRs to be issued by the financial holding company.

 

The Board of Directors of GTBankmade the decision to embark on the Restructuring following a comprehensive strategic evaluation of the operating and competitive environment of the Nigerian banking sector in the near term. The Board expects that the financial holding Company will have greater strategic flexibility to adapt to future business opportunities as well as market and regulatory changes than is currently the case.

The Board: 0. A. Demuren (Chairman), J. K. Agbaje (Olief Executive Officer), K. A. Adeola, 0. M. Aguste, I. Hassan, H. A. Oyinlola, I. L. Akpofur ,B. T. Soyoye,

V.0. Adefala, A. 0deyemi (Executive), H. Musa (Executive), M. Lawal(Executive), M. Olusanya(Executlve), B. 0lwntola (Executive}

Subject to the approval of the  Scheme by the  Bank’s shareholders,  the relevant regulatory authorities and the Federal High Court of Nigeria, the holding company will have an organisational structure similar to that used by a significant number of major financial institutions globally.

The financial holding company will be regulated by the CBN as an Other Financial Institution and listed on the Official List of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (The NSE) and the London Stock Exchange (the LSE}. Concurrently, the Bank will be delisted from the Official List of The NSE and the LSE, and re­registered as a private limited liability company  under the relevant provisions of Nigeria’s corporate legislation.

 

GTBankwill continue to be subject to the full suite of CBN banking regulations.

 

About GTBank:

 

The Group (comprising the Bank and its banking subsidiaries) is a leading African banking group. The Group’ principal businesses conducted in Nigeria, directly through the Bank where it offers a wide range of commercial banking services to corporate and retail customers. TheBank also provides commercial banking services to individuals an institutions through its banking subsidiaries in Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, CoteD’Ivoire, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and the UnitedKingdom.

 

Thank you.

 

For: GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC

 

ERHI OBEBEDUO

Company Secretary

 

 

 

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