Equity Group to acquire Cogebanque

On 15 June 2023 at 07:51

Equity Group Holdings Plc, in keeping with its strategic regional expansion, has announced its intention to acquire Compagnie Générale de Banque (Cogebanque) PLC Ltd in Rwanda after signing a binding term sheet that will mean that, upon completion of the transaction, EGH will pay an aggregate cash consideration of Rwf 54.68 billion (USD 48.1 million) for a 91.93% controlling equity stake.

According to a statement announcing the development, the acquisition of the fifth largest bank, and subsequent amalgamation of the business with that of Equity Group’s existing banking subsidiary in Rwanda, would position Equity Bank as the 2nd largest bank in Rwanda after the merger with a total combined assets market share of 18% and a deposits market share of 19% based on audited accounts as at 31st December 2022.

The transaction would solidify Equity Group’s systemic status in the region with the amalgamated Rwanda subsidiary joining Equity Bank Kenya and Equity BCDC in the Democratic Republic of Congo as banks with the second largest market share in their respective markets.

Commenting on the development, Dr, James Mwangi, Group Managing Director and CEO, Equity Group Holdings Plc said: “Rwanda’s 5-year average GDP growth rate at 6.5% ranks it amongst the 10 fastest growing countries in the world.”

“Rwanda’s economic growth is expected to be supported by a continued ease of doing business, recovery of global travel that will underpin its tourism and Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) strategy targeting Foreign Direct Investments, regional integration, supporting trade and increasing contribution to its manufacturing sector.

An underpenetrated financial services sector, with private sector credit and GDP being below 30% provides a well-defined secular growth opportunity for the financial services Group,” he added.

Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning has also welcomed the acquisition.

“Equity Group’s acquisition of Cogebanque reflects the trust and confidence placed in Rwanda’s economic prospects and the resilience of our financial industry," he noted.

"The consolidation of these two institutions will undoubtedly contribute to the growth and stability of Rwanda’s banking sector, enabling us to provide better financial services to our citizens and facilitate economic empowerment,” added Dr. Ndagijimana.

Cogebanque branches will be merged with Equity Bank after successful acquisition.
The acquisition of Cogebanque Plc is expected to position Equity Bank as the second largest bank in Rwanda.