Republic Invests In Ghana Bank

Port of Spain, Trinidad: December 11, 2012:In keeping with its expansion strategy and its focus on areas outside of its traditional Caribbean markets, Republic Bank Limited has confirmed its recent purchase of an 8.9% stake in HFC Bank in Ghana

In commenting on the purchase, Republic Bank’s Managing Director, David Dulal-Whiteway said that the Bank had been considering a number of overseas interests over the last few years, and decided on the HFC opportunity, following that Bank’s recent private placement to raise 50 million Ghana cedis. Republic Bank’s investment in the shares of HFC is put at US$8 million.

According to Dulal-Whiteway, the investment in HFC will open up for Republic Bank’s local business clients, new opportunities to do business on the African continent. “Africa, and in particular Ghana has been a key growth area for international business, and several of our Trinidad and Tobago corporate clients have been actively exploring those markets. Conversely, Republic Bank’s strong knowledge of oil and gas financing business here in the Caribbean would prove beneficial to the African bank,” said Dulal-Whiteway.

HFC Bank was licensed as a commercial bank in 2003, with core services in mortgages, consumer loans, commercial and investment banking. The Bank has an asset base of US$264 milion and a return on assets of 2.5% based on its last published financials. The bank is considered a leader in Ghana’s mortgages market, and operates 27 branches in that country.

Republic Bank recently declared profits of US$182.5 for its 2012 financial year and boasts of assets in excess of US$8.1 billion.

December 11, 2012
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