A Simple Relative Valuation of Nigerian Banking Stocks

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The Nigerian equity market maintained its bearish streak in the previous trading session (Friday, July 5), down some 7 percent year long, amid the absence of positive catalysts to stimulate investor sentiments. Following the rout in the market which has pushed a number of stocks to new lows, value investors are keen to identify cheap…

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Access Bank’s merger: A jolt for financial institutions

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One of the many realities that the digital transformation has brought to the financial services sector is the change of status quo where business has to be done differently with particular focus on what the customer thinks. The old ways of doing things is no longer going to be good enough, hence the need for a new strategy, new roadmap and new alliances.

The Access Bank merger with Diamond Bank is one testimonial that a new order is setting in the Nigerian financial services landscape and players have to brace up.

The 30th of March 2019 marked the conclusion of the Access Bank merger with Diamond Bank with a glamorous celebration. At the event, the Bank recapped all the proceedings that have occurred in the last few months as it privately navigated the merging of its business assets with Diamond Bank and presenting a new united identity.

The Bank also unveiled its new logo and visual identity that retains the old typeface and font but changes the logo itself to combine the characteristic triple chevron and diamond symbol of both banks into a new logo that projects stability and progress. With this new merger completed, the bank can finally get to work serving its new 29 million strong customer base.

Before moving on from the merger, it is important to take a moment to deconstruct the news around the merger. Traditionally, mergers are only announced at the very end of negotiations and proceedings, even though granted, news of this kind is hard to suppress and rumours would naturally swirl for months before anything is made official. On this occasion, both Banks chose to make early pronouncements about the merger while the actual terms were discussed privately. Indeed, every other part of the merger process was transparent, … Read More...