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CBN Takes Over Polaris Bank

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Asset Management Company of Nigeria have announced the completion of a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the acquisition of 100% of the equity in Polaris Bank (‘Polaris or ‘the Bank’) by Strategic Capital Investment Limited (‘SCIL’).Information Guide Nigeria

The conclusion of a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) for Strategic Capital Investment Limited (‘SCIL’) to purchase 100% of the stock in Polaris Bank (‘Polaris’ or ‘the Bank’) was announced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON).


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After the Central Bank of Nigeria took action to revoke Skye Bank Plc’s license in 2018, it established Polaris Bank to take over the bank’s assets and some of its liabilities. Polaris has been operating as a bridge bank since then. The CBN infused N898 billion in consideration bonds (with a future value of N1.305 trillion) into the bridge bank via AMCON, with repayment spread out over 25 years. The bank’s impending collapse was averted, its stabilization and recovery were made possible, depositors’ funds were safeguarded, no jobs were lost, and financial system stability was preserved thanks to these measures.

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THE OFFICIAL CBN STATEMENT READS:
Announcement of the completion of the sale of shares in Polaris Bank to

Strategic Capital Investment Limited (SCIL), a new core investor
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Asset Management Company of
Nigeria (AMCON) are pleased to announce the completion of a Share Purchase
Agreement (SPA) for the acquisition of 100% of the equity in Polaris Bank
(‘Polaris’ or ‘the Bank’) by Strategic Capital Investment Limited (‘SCIL’).
Polaris has been operating as a bridge bank since 2018 when the Central Bank
of Nigeria intervened to revoke the licence of the former Skye Bank Plc and
established Polaris Bank to assume its assets and certain liabilities. As part of
the CBN intervention, consideration bonds with a face value of N898 billion
(future value of N1.305 trillion) was injected into the bridge bank through
AMCON, to be repaid over a 25-year period. These actions were taken to
prevent the imminent collapse of the bank, enable its stabilisation and recovery,
protect depositors’ fund, prevent job losses and preserve systemic financial
stability.

SCIL has paid an upfront consideration of N50 billion to acquire 100% of the
equity of Polaris Bank and has accepted the terms of the agreement which
include the full repayment of the sum of N1.305 trillion, being the consideration
bonds injected. The CBN thus received an immediate return for the value it has
created in Polaris Bank during the stabilisation period, as well as ensuring that
all funds originally provided to support the intervention are recovered.
The sale was coordinated by a Divestment Committee (the ‘Committee’)
comprising representatives of the CBN and AMCON, and advised by legal and
financial consultants. The Committee conducted a sale process by ‘private
treaty’, as provided in Section 34(5) of the AMCON Act to avoid negative
speculations, retain value and preserve financial system stability. In the
process, parties who had formally expressed an interest in acquiring Polaris
Bank, subsequent to the CBN intervention in 2018, were invited to submit
financial and technical proposals. Invitations to submit proposals were sent to
25 pre-qualified interested parties, out of which three (3) parties eventually
submitted final purchase proposals following technical evaluation. All
submissions were subject to a rigorous transaction process from which SCIL
emerged as the preferred bidder having presented the most comprehensive
technical/financial purchase proposal as well as the highest rated growth plans
for Polaris Bank.

Commenting on the transaction Mr. Godwin I. Emefiele, Governor of the Central
Bank of Nigeria said: “This sale marks the completion of a landmark intervention
in a strategic institution in the Nigerian banking sector by the CBN and AMCON.
We commend the outgoing board and management for their vital role since the
bridge bank was established; in stabilising the Bank’s operations, its balance
sheet and implementing strong governance structures to address the issues
that led to the intervention. This process has provided the CBN with an
unprecedented opportunity to recover its intervention funds in full and promote
financial stability and inclusive growth. We wish SCIL well as they implement
growth plans to build the bank from the strong foundations that have been
established.”

This is for the notice of the general public.
Osita Nwanisobi
Director, Corporate Communications
For : Management
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