By Babajide Komolafe
Access Bank and Intercontinental Bank, Monday, signed a merger agreement, paving the way for Intercontinental Bank to recapitalise ahead of the September 30th Central Bank’s deadline.
Intercontinental Bank is one of the eight banks rescued by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in 2009. The other banks are Union Bank, Afribank, Oceanic Bank, FinBank, Bank PHB, Spring Bank and Equatorial Bank.
The CBN in May had given the eight banks a September 30th, deadline to recapitalise as the regulator vowed to liquidate or nationalise any erring bank .
Access and Intercontinental announced their intention to combine their operations in March but gave no details.
However, in a statement , Monday, the two banks said, “Both parties have now entered into legally binding terms for the proposed combination subject to shareholder, regulatory and judicial approval.