Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola has acquired majority shares of the owners of First Bank, FBN Holdings
It is now known to us that Femi Otedola is reportedly behind the massive mop-up of the FBN Holdings shares, which would result in his becoming the single majority shareholder of the company.
Sources with knowledge of the purchase said majority ownership of FBN Holdings, owners of Nigeria’s oldest bank, First Bank, is about to be upturned following months of slow and meticulous purchase of the company shares on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange by Otedola.
Otedola has been gradually accumulating his ownership and surpassing shares owned by any other single shareholder of the bank.
An official announcement would be coming in the days ahead.
Otedola has been acquiring the shares of the bank through a vehicle, Calvados Global Services Limited.
FBNH currently has 34.7 billion of its shares floating freely meaning it is held by diverse shareholders. This makes the shares easy to acquire on the stock exchange.
We gathered that Otedola, through his proxies and investing vehicles, now owns over five per cent of the bank, setting himself up to be the single largest shareholder of the bank.
Industry assumptions have often suggested billionaire Oba Otudeko is the single majority owner of the bank, considering the enormous control he wielded over the bank for years. However, his latest debacle with the Central Bank following the failed removal of current MD/CEO Adesola Adeduntan marked a sudden end to his control of the bank providing an opening for Femi Otedola to move in on controlling the bank.
The latest audited account of FBN Holdings does not have any shareholder with up to 5% of the ownership of the bank’s shares. However, Mr Otedola now owns over 5% of the bank.
FBNH currently has a total outstanding shareholding of 39.5 billion units and a market capitalization of N423.5 billion. According to information contained in the 2020 FY report of the bank, 40 shareholders owned 31.03% of the bank while no individual shareholder held more than 5% of the bank.