ACQUISITION OF MERCANTILE BANK HOLDINGS LIMITED AND ITS
Shareholders are referred to the SENS announcement dated 18 June 2018 that Capitec Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Capitec, made a non-binding offer to purchase Mercantile. A further notification, included in Capitec’s interim results published on SENS on 26 September 2018, stated that Capitec Bank submitted a formal bid on 31 August 2018 to acquire Mercantile. The offer was made subsequent to the conclusion of a detailed due diligence on the operations of Mercantile.
The Board is pleased to advise shareholders that Capitec Bank’s offer of R3.2 billion, to be adjusted by any change in the net asset value of Mercantile from 30 April 2018 to the completion date of the transaction, when all conditions precedent have been met, has been accepted. The purchase consideration will be paid from capital and cash reserves.
The Board of Capitec Bank believes there are many opportunities in the market to serve small-to-medium enterprises and owner-managed businesses better, and the bank has commenced with a strategy to develop infrastructure to facilitate same. The acquisition of Mercantile will obviate the need to reinvent and create new systems and processes from scratch and thus fast track the bank’s objective to expand its focus to a broader bank strategy.
Mercantile’s core business offer is business banking for small- to medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs and it is therefore well positioned to align with Capitec Bank’s business banking strategy. It was offered for sale by its shareholder, Caixa Geral de Depósitos S.A., a Portuguese bank, because it is divesting from non-core operations outside of Portugal as part of its recapitalisation plan.
The transaction is subject to regulatory authority.
Shareholders will be informed once all regulatory approvals have been received and the transaction is final.
22 November 2018
Sponsor PSG Capital