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Absa to buy Barclays Africa for R18bn

Dec 06 2012 08:39
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Johannesburg - Absa Group [JSE:ASA] said on Thursday it will buy the African operations of its parent Barclays for R18.3bn, finalising a longstanding plan to fuse their businesses on the fast-growing continent. 

As a result of the R18.3bn deal, Barclays will raise its stake in Absa to 62.3% from 55.5% now, giving it an even tighter hold on South Africa's third-largest bank by value. 

The banks said in a joint statement the incorporation of Barclays African operations would lead to a management shake-up at Absa, which would be renamed Barclays Africa Group. 

The deal covers Barclays' operations in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia and the Barclays Africa Regional Office. 

Absa will retain its brand for its retail and card business in South Africa

The deal should be completed in the first half of next year, the banks said.

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