Centum Investment to increase stake in K-Rep bank

By Ruth Mutegi

Centum Investment Company has announced its intention to have majority shareholding at K-Rep Bank.

The investment firm intends to acquire 66 percent shareholding in K-Rep Bank a move which will bring its total shareholding to 67.54 percent.

Centum Investment Company says it intends to effect the acquisition through a Non Operating Holding Company as provided for in the Banking Act.

Centum investment has been a minority shareholder in K-Rep bank since 2004, with a 1.66% stake.

In a statement, Centum says the acquisition process is expected to be completed within the next four months subject to regulations provided in the Banking Act which includes acquiring the shareholding through a non–operating holding company.

K-Rep was licensed to as a full service commercial bank in Kenya in 1999 by the Central Bank and has since grown to 36 branches across the country.

K-Rep group also intends to increase its shareholding in the bank to 22% leaving only 10% for the other shareholders who include the African Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, as well as Netherlands Development Bank among others.

The firm says: “The intended acquisition of a controlling stake in K-Rep is in line with Centum’s strategic objective of expanding our presence in the financial services sector.”

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