FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2021
UNION BANK CORE INVESTORS TO SELL MAJORITY STAKE TO TITAN TRUST BANK
LAGOS, NIGERIA The Board of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (Union Bank) today notified the
NGX and Securities Exchange Commission that its investors Union Global Partners Limited,
Atlas Mara Limited and other shareholders have reached an agreement with Titan Trust Bank
Limited (TTB) to divest their shareholding in Union Bank to TTB. The agreement, which is
subject to regulatory approvals and other financial conditions, will upon completion transfer
89.39% of Union Bank's issued share capital to TTB.
Commenting on the transaction:
Chair, Union Bank, Mrs. Beatrice Hamza Bassey said:
On behalf of the Board, we congratulate all the parties involved in reaching this phase
of the transaction and the Board looks forward to supporting the next steps to ensure
a seamless completion of the process following regulatory approvals.
We are grateful to our current investors whose significant and consequential
investments over the past nine years facilitated the transformation of Union Bank, one
of Nigeria's oldest and storied institutions. Today, the Bank is well-positioned with an
innovative product offering, a growing customer base of over six million and consistent
year on year profitability. This is a solid foundation for our incoming investors to build
on as we move into a new era for the Bank."
Chair, Titan Trust Bank, Mr. Tunde Lemo, OFR said:
"The Board of Titan Trust Bank and our key stakeholders are delighted as this
transaction marks a key step for Titan Trust in its strategic growth journey and propels
the institution to the next level in the Nigerian banking sector.
The deal represents a unique opportunity to combine Union Bank's longstanding and
leading banking franchise with TTB's innovation-led model which promises to enhance
the product and service offering for our combined valued customers."
Chief Executive Officer, Union Bank, Mr. Emeka Okonkwo said:
This transaction marks a significant milestone in the journey of our 104-year old Bank.
Whilst thanking our current investors for their unwavering commitment to the Bank
over the years, we welcome our new core investor, TTB. We recognize the strategic
fit between the two institutions and expect that this deal will deliver the best outcome
for our employees, customers and stakeholders. We look forward to collectively writing
the next exciting chapter for Union Bank."
Chief Executive Officer, Titan Trust Bank, Mr. Mudassir Amray said:
"After completing over two years of operations with aggressive organic growth, we are
excited to have an opportunity for a significant leap forward in market share. UBN's widespread
presence, state of the art technology platform, quality staff and strong brand loyalty fits well with
our synchronized modular strategy.
We look forward to delivering superior results for the benefit of our staff, customers,
shareholders, and stakeholders."
Rothschild & Cie acted as financial adviser and White & Case LLP and Banwo & Ighodalo
acted as legal advisers respectively, to the selling shareholders of Union Bank.
Citigroup Global Markets Limited acted as financial adviser, Pricewaterhouse Coopers as due
diligence partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Drew Law Practise and G. Elias & Co. acted as
legal advisers respectively to TTB.
About Union Bank of Nigeria, PLC.
Established in 1917 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1971, Union Bank is a household
name and one of Nigeria's long-standing and most respected financial institutions. The Bank has a
network of over 280 Sales and Service Centers across Nigeria.
Following recapitalisation in 2012 from new investors and a new Executive Management team, Union
Bank has undergone an award-winning transformation programme to re-establish the bank as a leading
provider of financial services in Nigeria.
Union Bank is focused on Retail, Commercial and Corporate Banking businesses. In addition to
standard current and savings product portfolio, Union Bank has launched pioneering products into the
Nigerian retail market including UnionKorrect, UnionGoal and UnionBetta.
More information can be found at: www.unionbankng.com
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About Titan Trust Bank Limited
Titan Trust Bank is the newest national commercial bank in Nigeria. It commenced operation in Oct
2019 with a strong capital base and has demonstrated precision in execution of its strategy by showing
tremendous growth, even in difficult times.
Titan Trust Bank has received industry-wide recognition , having been named 'Best Trade Finance
Provider in Nigeria' for 2022 by Global Finance (for the second year running) and 'Best New Commercial
Banking Brand' and 'Fastest Growing Digital Banking Brand' for 2021 by the Global Brand.
More information can be found at: www.titantrustbank.com
Forward Looking Statement and Disclaimers
This announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to purchase, otherwise
acquire, issue, subscribe for, sell or otherwise dispose of any securities, nor any solicitation of any offer
to purchase, otherwise acquire, issue, subscribe for, sell, or otherwise dispose of any securities.
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