Equity goes Giga

The story of the day and probably going to be the deal of the year (trumping CFC/Stanbic merger – which while being 6X larger, is not really foreign direct investment – FDI into Kenya) is that Equity Bank is selling a 25% stake to Helios Investors – (official). The deal to sell 90.5m new at shares 122 shares ($1.80) will bring in about 11 billion ($160 million) in new capital to the Bank.

When last months’ post discussed local banks needing
to raise capital
a deal of this size was not in the picture. With the new capital Equity will be able to do business up to 150 billion shillings (about
where Barclays is today) – but that growth cannot be organic, so you can look to Equity to buy up a half dozen smaller banks.

Other shareholders must approve the deal in which their stake will be reduced. Fortunately for top managers they will retain their stake while falling under the 5% CBK limit for managers.


– Diamond Trust opens a Branch in Malindi: Way to go after those Italian

– NIC Bank to buy a stockbrokerage firm.
Safaricom data costs up: Bamba net a USB modem service was introduced in August 2007 at a cost 6,000 shillings to connect and 2,000 ($28) per month for unlimited net usage up to 700MB then 10 per MB thereafter. Now a new one costs 12,500 and 12.6 per MB after 8,000 shillings worth of free internet.


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4 thoughts on “Equity goes Giga

  1. mwasjd

    I think the 6k offer was for postpaid customers only, who had to pay 2k every month. If prepaid, one had to cough up 14k, since no monthly payments. So I figure the reduction to 12k for prepaid, is meant to flag poor sales perhaps?

  2. M

    Not surprised those internet costs went up. I very much doubted they were sustainable. I also heard that they had some outrageous requirements when buying that modem like your PIN number. If there’s any truth to that one wonders …

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