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Shareholders optimistic as GTB converts to HoldCo

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Shareholders of GTBank Plc have endorsed its holding company (HoldCo) structure even as they expressed optimism that the new arrangement would enhance the bank’s growth and profitability.
  
At the court-ordered meeting held at the weekend, the investors gave their approval to the company for the transfer of the 29,431,179,224 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each in the issued and paid-up share capital of the bank held by them to Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc.
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This was done in exchange for the allotment of 29,431,179,224 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each to the shareholders in the same proportion to their shareholding in the bank credited as fully paid without any further act or deed.
   
Reacting to the development, the founder, Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), Sir Sunny Nwosu, said the arrangement the bank has put in place is devoid of complexities usually known as share reconstruction.
   
According to him, the bank has performed well under the leadership of the chairman and the managing director, thus projecting that the HoldCo would perform better if the duo were still in charge of the new brand.
   
He said, “We are excited at the development because we are going to get value as everything we have would be transferred to the holding company. There will be no manipulation as a result of reconstruction that usually leads to fractional shares.”
 
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Also commending the bank’s leadership and ingenuity, The President, Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria, Boniface Okezie said: “GTBank has over the years proven to be a force and leading initiator of revolutionary advancement and technology-based development in the banking industry and we look forward to the growth and advancement it is sure to bring into the new business areas it will be taking on with the HoldCo structure.
   
“The arrangement where all existing shares of the bank would be transferred entirely to the Holdco in the name of the beneficial owners is good, while the same number of units and percentage which would be held in the new entity is commendable.”
   
The Managing Director/CEO of the bank, Segun Agbaje, explained that in line with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s regulations, which require the separation of commercial banking business from other financial services operations, the bank is adopting a HoldCo structure.
   
“I am delighted over the approval by shareholders for the holding company and I assure the investors of a more rewarding future. The bank will not embark on any share reconstruction, as the same number of shares they have with the bank will be maintained.
   
“Under the new structure, existing shareholders of GTBank would be migrated to Guaranty Trust Holdings via a share-for-share exchange between the shareholders of GTBank and GTHoldings,” he said.
   
While explaining the benefits of the new structure, Agbaje said the overall strategy was to create an operating model that would expand the bank’s presence in the market for commercial banking and non-banking financial services in order to achieve the aspiration to be the dominant financial services group.

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