Access Bank, in a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, said the proposed HoldCo structure would enable the bank to further accelerate its objectives around business diversification, improve operational efficiencies, talent retention, and robust governance.

The bank now joins the growing lists of lenders such as Guaranty Trust Bank and Sterling Bank that have signified their intention to restructure into a holding company.

Also, as part of its plan to connect key African markets, the bank announced a definitive agreement with GroCapital Holdings to invest in Grobank Limited South Africa, over two tranches.

Access Bank would provide an initial cash consideration for a 49 percent shareholding, increasing to a majority stake in the second tranche.

GroCapital’s shareholders include the Public Investment Company (PIC) — Africa’s largest investment manager — and Fairfax Africa Holdings.

It also announced that it has received approvals to commence operations in Mozambique under the name Access Bank Mozambique, noting that it has entered into a definitive agreement with ABC Holdings Limited to acquire African Banking Corporation Mozambique for cash.

“The transaction will be funded from the capital invested by the bank in Access Bank Mozambique, and this will result in the Access Bank Mozambique becoming the seventh-largest bank in the country,” the statement said.