Kenyan Bank Sells Its Subsidiary To Access Group

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KCB Group, Kenya’s second-largest bank, has sold its subsidiary National Bank of Kenya (NBK) to Nigeria’s Access Bank Group.

It confirmed the purchase in a statement on Wednesday.

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Paul Russo, KCB chief executive said the deal was struck at 1.25 times book value, according to Reuters news agency.

“The right thing to do is to accept a binding offer from Access Group,” he said.

KCB acquired then state-owned NBK in a rescue deal in October 2019, after the bank posted recurrent losses.

But KCB has struggled to fix the issues it inherited.

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