|L-R: Afreximbank President, Benedict Oramah and |
Heritage Bank Plc Managing Director/CEO, Ifie Sekibo
In a statement announcing this development yesterday, Divisional Head, Corporate Communications, Olusola Longe-Okenimkpe said, “HBCL Investment Services Limited (HISL) a major shareholder of Heritage Bank Limited has executed the term sheet for the issuance of guarantee for its $150 million Convertible Bond with the African Export Import Bank (AfreximbanK) to support Heritage Bank Plc in its next phase of growth.
Heritage Bank recently concluded a business combination with Enterprise Bank Limited as part of its market focus and positioning strategy. The underlying essence of the combination was to facilitate the deployment of its retail banking franchise especially its aspiration of emerging as the bank of choice for small growing businesses.
Afreximbank, a frontline African financial institution believes in the uniqueness of the business strategy of Heritage Bank especially the Small Growing Business focus of the bank which aligns with the founding mission of Afreximbank. The outcome of recent engagement with a number of institutional investors shows a desirable appetite for the bond issuance which is scheduled to be completed within a couple of weeks. Heritage Bank continues to present itself as an evolving institution with solid commitment to innovation, service excellence and value creation underlined by world class corporate governance.”