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Access Bank buys out Transnational Bank in Kenya

Kenya’s Competition Authority has confirmed approval of a deal in which Access Bank PLC has bought out 93.57% of the shares of Transnational Bank PLC.

Kenya’s  Transnational (TNBL), the 36th largest bank by assets, had a balance sheet of Kshs 10.23 billion ($100 million) at the end of 2018 comprising deposits of Kshs 8 billion and Kshs 6.6 billion of loans. During the year it lost Kshs 98 million, after making Kshs 53 million in 2017, a year in which interest income declined, following the passage of interest rate caps in Kenya.  Transnational is rarely in the news but is active in corporate banking, financing of agricultural ventures, and some sports sponsorships. It has 28 branches and 97,000 customers.

Access merged with Diamond Bank last year, becoming the largest bank in Nigeria, by market share through a push into digital banking. The takeover by Access, one of  the largest banks in West Africa, marks an expansion of its foot print in Eastern Africa which included D.R Congo and Rwanda. Access Bank is listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange.

Bank Review ‘07: Part 1

the bottom 5

The low end of the banking sector showed little growth in loans or deposits – bank sizes are stagnant.

40. City Finance: (last year 42) Estimated assets of 650 million shillings ($9.28 million) and loss of 20 million shillings in 2007. Kenya’s smallest bank was taken over by the Baraka Fund late in the year, and is expected to be recapitalized and turned around from 2008.

39. (41) Dubai: Estimated 1,480 million assets, profit of 10m shillings.
Growth of about 3% this year, but the bank will have achieve a smaller profit than last year. Its niche branch in Eastleigh and foreign remittance product has found increased competition.

38. (40) Oriental: Estimated 1,732m in assets and profit of 200 million. The perennial loss making Oriental bank (formerly BCCI and Delphis) was recapitalized and is on track for a profit this year following a payment from the Governments’ financial restructuring of Miwani Sugar company which owed the bank a significant debt.

37. (39) Paramount Universal : Estimated 2,258 billion and profit of 45 million. Growth in assets, deposits, and loans flat this year but at least is profitable.

36. (37) Transnational: Estimated 3.03 billion ($43 million) in assets, and 90 million ($1.3m) in profit for 2007. A quiet year for the bank which introduced a Fanikisha product for customers to save money and buy IPO shares on the NSE

Bank story of the week

Which way Equity?: It’s rare to see two sides of a story from the same editorial team – but it has happened on the controversial shielding of Equity Bank’s new shareholders with the Nation newspaper editorial defending the exemption granted by the Finance Minister, after the influential Business Daily editorial (sister newspaper in the Nation Media Group) had strongly opposed the same.

Wikileaks: Charterhouse

Charterhouse revealed
Fresh off the Kroll reports, Wikileaks moves on to another Kenyan financial saga – uncovering secrets of Charterhouse Bank.

The bank was placed under statutory management in 2006 after a long battle with the central bank governor, finance minister, amid allegations of money laundering and tax evasion that almost brought down Nakumatt supermarket who banked with them and hosted several Charterhouse branches.

Euro needs more marketing
The US Dollar keeps dipping lower, not just against the shilling, but is all over recording lows against the Euro and now achieving parity with the Canadian dollar (no more cheap buys from Canada).

I feel bad when I travel to another country with my Dollars and they don’t go as far as they used to, or as if I had carried Euros instead.

While the dollar is laid low, there is no other currency stepping up to grab its space. The pound is a colonial relic and the yen is too far & exotic.

The Euro needs to step up and lobby to become the currency of choice for hotels, shops, forex bureaus, Kenya airways, Somali & Sudanese businessmen, companies and most important the Kenya government

Family Bank gets cheques
After applying for a waiver (and getting it), Family Bank finally is now fully-fledged with cheque books for customers and access to the Central Bank clearinghouse. This meshes well with their growth plans – as a recent report found they had the highest new account growth among all banks last year.

IPO savings loan
From Transnational Bank, comes the Fanikisha enabling people to save money and buy IPO shares on the NSE – which TNBL will finance up to 2 ½ times what you have saved. The account is aimed at Kenyans abroad – but my question is with the fractional IPO applications yielded (1/4 or 1/3 of shares paid for) what gain is there in taking a loan for an IPO?

Story con or cover up?
KTN had a story this week about the Tesco supermarkets (local chain – not UK-related) who just ended their Uchumi franchise partnership. KTN said they had seen documents showing that Tesco was insolvent with negative share capital, numerous bounced cheques, rent arrears of many months at its stores, and suppliers reclaiming their merchandise. The story ended there with no follow up in the Standard (KTN sister paper) or any other newspaper. So was it hushed up, or was it a case of more mudslinging in the supermarket wars?

Share certificates, banks, jobs

Share Certificates

One quirk about the Kengen IPO is that investors have the option of receiving actual (paper) share certificates. This goes against the spirit or the CDS system and the Central Depositories Act (2000) which in essence eliminated share certificates as cumbersome, slow to trade, could be lost/damaged etc. Earlier, officials had also said that IPO’s like Kengen would be offered only via the CDS system.

Who is a typical Kenyan investor?
However, this move enables traditional investors, from outside Nairobi who don’t have access to computers or who are unfamiliar with the CDS systems & probably haven’t immobilized their shares to take part in the Kengen IPO.

The typical Kenyan investor is still a buy and hold investor who does not trade/sell shares often and instead relies on dividend payments from shares to supplement their income. At the start of the IPO period, investors had opened just over 100,000 CDS accounts – yet some companies have many more owners. E.g. Kenya Airways alone has over 80,000 individual shareholders.

Bank muscle
Another group who has benefited from the option to issue share certificates is the banking sector. As of today Barclays, CFC, Consolidated, Diamond Trust, Equity, Family Finance, I&M, KCB, Postbank, Southern Credit banks and numerous other corporations (for employees) and cooperatives (for members) have all lined up to offer financing towards the purchase of Kengen shares. Most of them will hold the shares as security until the borrowers finish paying off these loans. This would be more difficult to enforce without actual share certificates.

The IPO will also bring banks a few million shilling in the form of banker’s cheques that must be obtained to pay for shares and can range from 100 to 1,500 shillings each. However some account holders at banks such as NIC (MOVE), Stanchart and Diamond Trust already enjoy the privilege of having a free banker’s cheque each month from their flat fee accounts.

What Else?
Other IPO’s expected in 2006 include Suntra, Wananchi, Adopt-a-light, Equity Bank and Sarova Hotels.
– With thousands of Kenya’s beginning the process of opening CDS accounts this week, customer service for regular stock-broking customers is almost non-existent and likewise trading activities at the stock exchange will be at a reduced level.
– Barclays Bank registrars continue to experience delays in the immobilization of share delays immobilization of share e.g. KQ, EABL.

More 2005 Banks
National Bank of Kenya (bank No. 5 in asset size) both loans and customer deposits increased by 2 billion to 24b and 25.2b respectively. Commission & fee income increased from 840 million to 935m and the bank will present a pre-tax profit of 859m, but no dividends, to shareholders on May 19th at the Bomas of Kenya.

Commercial Bank of Africa (No. 7) bought 1/3 of AIG Kenya insurance.

Diamond Trust (No. 12) Will introduce visa cards, and by extension, will enable all visa card holders to access cash from pesa point ATM’s.

Imperial Bank (No. 16) deposits increased from 4.4 billion to 5.7b. increased cash position from 618 million to 2,089m but fee & commission income was flat.

Habib (Bank no. 22) increased deposits in government securities by 600 million and customer deposits by 230m. Fee and commission income reduced slightly to 54 m.

Development Bank of Kenya (No. 34) loans increased from 647 million to 1,073m.

Transnational Bank (No. 36)pre-tax profit returned to a more conventional 59 million, down from their record 1.03 billion profit in 2004. Loans increased from 876m to 1,201m while deposits decreased from 1.2b to 900m.

City Finance (No. 41) Kenya’ smallest, is the only bank so far to record a loss in 2005. The bank went from a 2004 profit of 11 million to a loss of 47m last year, largely due to increased provision for bad debts.


Telkom Kenya is seeking distributors for its wireless services. Applicants must have 5 million in working capital and already operate a distributorship or retail outlet in Nairobi. Apply by March 31

HousingThe Ministry of Housing will 50 flats at Jogoo Road (Phase II) and 16 flats in Kileleshwa. Apply by April 21

As part of the GJLOS program, provide an IP-based telephone system for the Kenya Anti Corruption Authority. Apply though KPMG by April 20.

CEO at ICPAK. Apply to by March 31

Sales account managers at interactive media services. applicants must have at least 5 years, sales experience (2 in telecom sector), business degree and a marketing qualification. Apply to by 24 March.

At the national oil corporation of kenya
– Credit Controller
– Geophysicist
– Programs, Logistics and Procurement Analyst
– IT Coordinator
– Chemical Engineer (Petrol-Chemistry)
Apply through their site by April 3.

At nitin pandya & company certified public accountants
– Practice manager (nairobi)
– Audit supervisors (nairobi and mombasa)
Apply to

Sub-editors at the Standard Group. Apply to by March 28

Banks named

From Haliburton through Kenya: Africa Confidential claims that illegal payments for Nigeria’ $10 billion gas export plant, built by Halliburton, Technip, Snamprogetti and the Japanese Gas Corporation appear to have been channeled through Kenya’s Transnational Bank and on to major international financial institutions, such as Bankers Trust, Citicorp and Deutsche Bank, who have all been asked to help the investigators with their enquiries.