According to a Business Daily report, the banks are owned by a London Stock Exchange-listed firm, and the acquisition forms part of the bank’s ambitious pan-Africa expansion strategy.
The transaction is subject to shareholders and regulatory approvals agreed through a share swap to exchange certain banking assets of ATMA in four countries for shares in EGH.
Speaking on the development, Equity Bank’s Group chief executive James Mwangi said ATMA will, on successful completion of the agreement, be allotted a 6.27% stake, or 252,482,300 shares in Equity in a share swap whose value has been put at Sh10.7 billion (approximately US$105 million).
“The actual aggregate consideration ultimately payable will be that set out in the detailed transaction agreements negotiated following completion of the confirmatory due diligence and may be subject to adjustment (both positive and negative),” said Equity in a statement.
“Further, actual aggregate consideration could include a conditional deferred amount.”
The value will also be based on the performance of the target companies through consummation of the transactions and the net asset value of the banks at the time of closing relative to the net asset value they reported as at December 31, 2018.