(Sundiata Finance) – Following the announcement that it will float a N50 billion rights issue in 2017, Union Bank has received approvals from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to move forward on raising the Tier 1 capital.
The lender in a statement said it anticipates that the rights issue will be open for subscription in September 2017. During the offer period, 12.1 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each will be available at N4.10 per share, on the basis of five new shares for every seven shares held. The qualification date for the rights issue, which had already been announced by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), is August 21, 2017.
Commenting on the SEC approval, chief executive officer of the Bank, Mr. Emeka Emuwa said, “The approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission brings us to the final stages of this important transaction for Union Bank which is critical to our short to medium term business objectives. The capital raised from the rights issue will support our strategy to accelerate business growth and position Union Bank as a leading commercial bank in Nigeria.”
Chapel Hill Advisory Partners Limited is Lead Issuing House to the Bank, while FSDH Merchant Bank Limited and Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited are Joint Issuing Houses.
Established in 1917 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1971, Union Bank of Nigeria is a household name and one of Nigeria’s long-standing and most respected financial institutions. The Bank is a trusted and recognizable brand, with an extensive network of over 300 branches across Nigeria.