Nigeria: Union Bank Raises $138m from Existing Shareholders

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Union Bank of Nigeria Plc has successfully raised N49.7 billion ($138.7 million) through a Rights Issue from existing shareholders, showing a high level of investors’ confidence. The bank had made a Rights Issue of 12.1 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo N4.10 per share between September and October, 2017.

According to the management of Union Bank, the proceeds of the rights issue will enhance the bank’s capital base and better position it to deliver stronger and sustained shareholder returns.

The bank said yesterday that at the close of the issue on October 30, it recorded a subscription level of 120 percent.

The bank said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concluded the share allotment and capital clearance review in December 2017.

Commenting on the outcome of the issue, Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank of Nigeria, Emeka Emuwa, said: “The support of our shareholders has been critical to the rebuilding and transformation of Union Bank over the past 5 years. With 20 percent oversubscription of the Bank’s Rights Issue, they have once again demonstrated a high level of confidence and support for the bank’s short to medium term strategic priorities. Having successfully raised the required capital, we will accelerate the pace of doing business in 2018 as we begin to deploy this fresh capital across identified business areas which will increase our capacity to serve customers better while also delivering returns to our investors in the short to medium term.”

According to him, the new capital will also ensure the bank maintains a strong buffer above regulatory capital adequacy requirements as it drives towards its vision to be Nigeria’s most trusted and reliable banking partner.

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