Three banks announce merger in Bahrain

August 10, 2012

Three Bahrain-based Islamic investment banks Capivest, Elaf Bank and Capital Management House are to merge.

The announcement was made after the extraordinary general meetings of the three banks approved the transaction. The merger will be effective after obtaining the final approval of the Central Bank of Bahrain and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the banks said.

Once implemented, the newly created entity will have shareholders’ equity of almost $350 million (Dh1.28 billion) and assets in excess of $400 million. The transaction is the first three-way merger in Bahrain.

“The aim of this merger is to establish a strong banking institution that is able to compete solidly in a changing market,” Eisa Habib, Vice Chairman of Elaf Bank, said. “The merger will bring instant diversification of assets and revenues and the bank will be able to capture larger projects and will enable it to diversify its capital sources.” This is in line with the Government of Bahrain’s efforts to enhance the banking sector and reinforce the Kingdom’s position as a regional and international financial hub, he said.

Mohammad Abdul Malek, Chief Executive Officer of Capivest, said that the three banks would gain numerous benefits from the merger.

“In particular, the merged bank will have a strong balance sheet from day one which will create a positive impact on our dynamic banking sector,” he said. “In addition to that, the merger will enable the new entity to unify its strategy to provide innovative and targeted services to clients. I strongly believe that these three banks constitute a strong and logical combination which is capable of confronting any future challenges.”

Regarding the future vision of the merged bank, Khalid Najibi, the Managing Director of Capital Management House, said that “the three banks have significant cumulative experience in financial services and each have particular niche strengths which when combined makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.”

“This fusion of competitive advantages in various markets makes us all excited and motivated to complete this merger and will work in the near future to announce the new brand identity of the bank which will reflect our client focus and future vision. We look forward to working side by side to achieve our shared goals,” he said.

The three banks were advised by Kuwait Finance House – Bahrain as the Transaction Advisor, Trowers & Hamlins as legal counsel and Deloitte as independent valuer.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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