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Stanbic IBTC discontinues its BDC operation



Stanbic IBTC discontinues its BDC operation

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC has announced it will discontinue its Bureau De Change subsidiary.

This takes effect from January 1, 2021 when it said it relinquished its operating licence.

According to a disclosure signed by the company secretary, Chidi Okezie, on the Nigeria Stock Exchange, the decision was driven by changes in regulations.

“The discontinuation of operations of the BDC business was primarily driven by changes in regulations, which now affords customers with the opportunity of purchasing foreign exchange (PTA and BTA) directly from Stanbic IBTC Bank at any of its branches nationwide.

“The intention is to repurpose this subsidiary for other business venture in the near future, and stakeholders would be duly notified when all engagements have been concluded in this regard. Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, is a full-service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management.

“The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. Also, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade deals between Africa, China and select emerging markets. Standard Bank Group is the largest African financial institution by assets.

“It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 21 countries on the African continent. Standard Bank has been in operation for over 158 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa; and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure,” it said.

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