Fidelity Bank Acquires Union Bank UK


Front row financial institution, Fidelity Bank Plc, has announced to the public its proposed acquisition of Union Bank UK as part of its expansion plans.

In a regulatory filing issued on the Nigeria Exchange (NGX) on Tuesday, August 30th, 2022, the bank disclosed that it has entered into a binding agreement for the acquisition of 100% equity stake in Union Bank United Kingdom Limited for which the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved.

The transaction is however subject to the approval of the United Kingdom’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA).

Speaking on the development, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe said; “This transaction aligns with our strategic plan of expanding our service touchpoints beyond the Nigerian market and providing straight-through services that meet and exceed the needs of our growing clients.”

“The diverse service bouquet and business model of Union Bank UK offered a compelling synergy, and we hope to build on the existing capacity to create a scalable and more sustaining service franchise that will support the wider ecosystem of our trade businesses and diaspora banking services.”

However, the proposed acquisition marks Fidelity Bank’s first foray into the international market and signals yet another milestone in the bank’s increasing profile as a leading African bank.

Renowned ratings agency, Fitch Ratings recently upgraded the bank’s long-term issuer default rating (IDR) from ‘B-’ to ‘B’, reflecting the bank’s increased creditworthiness as well as its National Long-Term Rating to ‘A(nga)’ from ‘BBB+(nga)’.

Standard and Poor’s, another global ratings agency also upgraded the bank’s national scale ratings to ‘ngBBB/ngA-2′ from ‘ngBBB-/ngA-3’ in recognition of its resilience and performance through the cycle.

Fidelity Bank was recently recognized as the Best SME Bank Nigeria 2022 by the Global Banking & Finance Awards.

The bank has also won awards for the “Fastest Growing Bank” and “MSME & Entrepreneurship Financing Bank of the Year” at the 2021 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.


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