Reserve Bank of Malawi approves merger of two smallest banks: Finance Bank and Opportunity Bank 

Two of Malawi’s smallest banks, New Finance Bank (NFB) and Opportunity Bank, will merge to meet the central bank’s capital requirements, the lenders said on Friday.

Opportunity Bank has merged with New Finance Bank

Banks in the southern African nation are jostling with each other for market share and with telecommunications firms offering mobile money transfers, in a country where less than a fifth of the population have bank accounts.

In a joint statement, the two banks said that the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) had approved the merger and that it would take effect in six weeks.

“The shareholders of the merged bank intend to increase capital and grow operations,” said chairman and chief executive Francis Pelekamoyo, a former central bank governor.

Opportunity is a unit of micro-lender Opportunity International, while NFB has Finance Bank Zambia as a shareholder.

The merger reduces the number of licensed banks in Malawi to nine, including National Bank of Malawi and Standard Bank , a unit of Africa’s largest bank by assets.

Frank Phiri

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3 thoughts on “Reserve Bank of Malawi approves merger of two smallest banks: Finance Bank and Opportunity Bank ”

  1. Opportunity Finance Bank says:

    75% of New Finance Bank employees are from Opportunity Bank. They are the same people who laid porous foundation in Opportunity Bank. Believe you me, this Merger wont survive the hit of Malawi’s economy.

  2. ChangingFaces says:

    from a distance, one gets the feeling that poor management is driving companies down.
    NBS Bank got listed on the MSE in 2007, but has never performed well enough to pay dividends to its shareholders. Now, it wants shareholders to pay the debts it incurred because of poor decisions at board level.
    why not merge with Standard Bank or National Bank, the countrys bestmanaged banks

  3. BANKER says:

    Kuchokocha round 2 at Opportunity Bank has arrived. Round 1 was when several branches closed last year.

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