The Full list of merged banks in Nigeria

We bring to you the list of merged banks in Nigeria since 2007.

The banking sector in Nigeria is a long-term institution that emerged in 1883. After a few years, the Central Bank of Nigeria initiated a merger and acquisition system.

Due to the laws enacted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), many banks have been forced to merge with other banks, while others have been taken over by top-tier banks and, as in the most recent case, incorporated into the bank’s existing models was Access – Diamond Bank in April 1st, 2019.

We’ve recently written about the oldest banks in Nigeria and in this article we will compile the list of merged banks in Nigeria since 2007.

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Before we get down to the list of banks that have been merged, it is pertinent that we enlighten you on what the word “merger” entails and possible reasons why some banks go into mergers.

A merger is simply the agreement and incorporation of two or more existing organizations into one conglomerate.

In terms of the banking institution, it is the agreement of two or more existing banks to form one bank for easy operation and diversification.

So, this article brings the list of merged banks in Nigeria to assess the benefits/consequences of bank mergers on the performance of the Nigerian commercial banking sector.

Full List of Merged Banks In Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria embarked on a banking reform in 2004 to fortify the operational skills and competitiveness of Nigerian banks.

The goal is to restore public and global confidence in the Nigerian banking sector and economy in general. As a result, 89 existing banks went into a merger with each other.

Access Bank Plc

As we delve into the list of merged banks in Nigeria, we start from Access bank.

Access Bank first merged with Marina Bank in 2005. In the year 2013, Access bank also acquired Intercontinental Bank.

Also, in the year 2019, Access bank merged with Diamond Bank to become Access Bank as a whole. They went further to rebrand the logo to suit both banks.

Prior to the merger between Access Bank and Diamond Bank, Diamond Bank Plc had also merged with some banks in the past. In 2005, Diamond Bank merged with Devcom Bank and Lion Bank.

United Bank For Africa

United Bank for Africa (UBA), one of the most popular banks in Nigeria, owned by Nigerian billionaire entrepreneur Tony Elumelu, merged with two other banks in the past to form a better alliance.

The banks that were merged together with the United Bank for Africa (UBA) were Continental Bank and Nigerian Standard Trust Bank.

IBTC & Stanbic Bank

IBTC Bank and Stanbic Bank had merged to form Stanbic IBTC Bank Nigeria in the year 2007.

The company, Stanbic IBTC Bank Nigeria has grown from its inception as an Investment Bank, and Trust Company Limited (IBTC) as a commercial bank to become an end-to-end financial service provider in the country with subsidiaries spread across multiple economic sectors.

Stanbic IBTC Bank Nigeria now has assets and a capital base of around 2 trillion Naira and 500 billion Naira for Stanbic Bank and IBTC Bank respectively.

Stanbic IBTC Bank Nigeria is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the country.

Related: Full list of development banks in Nigeria

Before the merger between Stanbic Bank and IBTC Bank, IBTC bank had gone on a merger with several banks in the past years.

Banks subject to the merger with IBTC bank include IBTC Holdings, Regent Bank Plc, and Chartered Bank Plc.

Sterling Bank

Furthermore, on this list of merged banks in Nigeria, Sterling Bank was formed by merging five banks together.

These banks are; NBM Bank, Indo Nigeria Bank, Magnum Trust Bank, Nal Bank PLC and Trust Bank, Africa Ltd.

First Bank Plc

In 2005, CBN passed a law that forced First Bank of Nigeria, one of the most prestigious banks in the financial sector to merge with other banks in Nigeria.

The Banks involved in the merger include; FSB (merchant Bank), Intl Bank, and MBC. Currently, there are ongoing rumors that suggest that First Bank Plc is in talks for a merger with Heritage Bank of Nigeria and Fidelity Bank.

Unity Bank

Due to the reform enacted by the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2004, nine (9) banks merged together in 2005.

In 2006, the alliance further changed its name to Unity Bank 2006. The 9 banks involved in this merger were:

  • Unity Capital & Trust Limited
  • Northlink Insurance Brokers Limited
  • Hexali Properties Limited
  • Caranda Management Services Limited
  • Unity Kapital Assurance plc
  • Unity Bank BDC
  • Newdevco Investments & Securities Limited
  • Unity Registrars Limited and;
  • Pelican Prints Limited.

Skye Bank Plc

Skye Bank merged with some banks in Nigeria with the goal of forming a better alliance. The banks in the merger were Bond Bank Ltd, ETB Intl.

Bank Ltd, Prudent Bank Plc, Cooperative Bank Ltd, and Reliance Bank Ltd. In 2018, Polaris Bank purchased the services and assets of Skye Bank after Skye Bank became defunct.

Related: Full list of merchant banks in Nigeria and their headquarters

First City Monument Bank (FCMB)

Another bank on our list of merged banks in Nigeria is First City Monument Bank (FCMB).

FCMB is made up of a group of banks namely; NAMBL, Cooperative Development Bank, and Fist City Bank.

Also, in 2009, Finbank and First City Monument Bank (FCMB) started a talk of a merger. In the year 2012, the merger was complete.

Finbank paves the way for recapitalization ahead of the central bank’s September deadline. Finbank was one of the nine lenders that the central bank bailed out in 2009 with a $ 4 billion bailout.

Union Bank Plc

One of Nigeria’s top-tier banks, Union Bank Nigeria Plc also merged with some banks in Nigeria to form a stronger alliance and improve performance.

Three banks came together to form the merger. These three banks were Universal Trust Bank Nigeria Ltd, Union Merchant Bank, and Broad Bank of Nigeria.

Spring Bank Plc

Spring Bank Plc., popularly known as Spring Bank, was one of the twenty-six (26) commercial banks licensed by Central Bank of Nigeria at the time.

In 2005, Spring Bank was established from the merger of six (6) financial institutions in Nigeria.

The six institutions were:

  • Citizens International Bank Plc
  • ACB International Bank Plc
  • Trans International Bank Plc
  • Fountain Trust Bank Plc
  • Omega Bank Plc and;
  • Guardian Express Bank Plc.

At the time of establishment, Spring Bank had a large capital base of about $224 million. That is, 34.5 billion naira at the time with total assets estimated at approximately $988 million (152 billion naira).

Afribank Nigeria Plc

Afribank Nigeria PLC was initially a real estate and insurance broker company based in Lagos, Nigeria.

The bank formed a merger with Afribank Nigeria and Afribank international (Merchant Bank) to form Afribank Nigeria PLC. Later, it was terminated.

Platinum Bank and Habib Nigeria Bank Ltd

In 2005, Bank PHB was formed from a merger between Platinum Bank Ltd and Habib Nigeria Bank Ltd.

Keystone Bank and Bank PHB

Keystone Bank Limited was given a commercial banking license by the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2011. Keystone then purchased the services and assets of Bank PHB in 2011 after the bank became defunct.

First Inland Bank Plc

Another bank on our list of merged banks in Nigeria is First Inland Bank Plc.

In 2005, four (4) financial institutions went into a merger agreement namely; Inland bank, First Atlantic Bank Plc, NUB International Bank Ltd, and IMB International Bank Plc to form First Inland Bank Plc.

The shares of the new bank, First Inland Bank Plc are quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Ocean Bank and International Trust Bank

Also, Oceanic bank was established from a merger agreement between two (2) banks namely; International Trust Bank and Ocean bank in 2005.

Wema Bank and National Bank

Finally, on the list of merged banks in Nigeria, Wema Bank merged with National bank.

As of 2019, Wema Bank operates ALAT By Wema, Nigeria’s largest digital banking system, which is fully used in all 37 states and territories of the United States. Wema Bank is Nigeria’s fastest-growing commercial bank.

Causes of Bank Merger

What are the causes for mergers between banks? I am sure you’d like to know… the list below gives the causes of bank merger:

  1. Shareholder pressure
  2. Enhancement of information and communication technologies (ICT)
  3. Reduction of the probability of failure.
  4. Better operation
  5. Increase in sales
  6. Diversification
  7. Saving of costs

The list of merged banks in Nigeria shows the urge to strengthen public confidence in the Nigerian banking sector.

Synergies are one of the key benefits of mergers and acquisitions, which include strengthening of capital base, rapid growth, competitiveness with international banks, and economies of scale due to improved performance.

The importance of integration (merger and acquisition) as a means of reforming the banking sector cannot be overemphasized.

Summary of The List of Merged Banks In Nigeria

This article has shown that running a bank effectively is not as easy as it seems. It comes with many challenges and risks.

However, the financial sector in Nigeria is one of the leading sectors in terms of increasing the country’s GDP.

Some banks are being forced to band together due to financial crises, while others band together to become a bigger and better brand. Regardless, it also has its advantages and disadvantages.

This list of merged banks in Nigeria has suggested that that mergers have resulted in the increase in performance and profitability of banks in Nigeria. Therefore, the process of merger should be continuously revised, modified, and developed.

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