LAGOS, MARCH 20, 2018 – Following the report yesterday that American Private Equity firm, Milost Global planned a $1 Billion Investment in Nigeria’s Unity bank for recapitalization; the news has been confirmed as the tier two lender, Unity Bank has said Talks are still on-going.
According to a statement issued by its Head, Corporate Communications, Mr Matthew Obiazikwor in which he dismissed claims by some media that the deal has been concluded.
“We categorically dismiss media claims of any such deal and advice the public to disregard any information to the contrary”.
“Talks are still ongoing”
Unity Bank is in talks with a number of potential investors and has not concluded to pave way for a commitment of an investment.
Bloomberg yesterday reported Milos Global had concluded plans to invest $1 billion in the bank. $250 million was to have been invested immediately in the bank in exchange for a 30% equity stake. $750 million will then be invested over the next four years. The investment was also reported to be a mix of equity and convertible bonds.
Milost has of recent being active in the Nigerian capital market with investments in Resort Savings and Loans as well as Japaul Oil and Maritime services. The private equity firm had also hinted it was in discussions with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over investing in a large sized bank.
Unity Bank is currently trading at ₦1.30 in today’s trading session on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, up 0.08%. Year to date, the stock is up 167.92%.