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UT Bank Limited to raise GH¢200m through Renounceable Rights Issue and Private Placement

At the Bank’s Extraordinary General Meeting held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, shareholders gave approval to amend Regulation 7 of the Bank’s regulations, increasing the Ordinary Shares with no par value to 5,000,000,000. 

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UT Bank Limited with the approval of its shareholders, have announced that the Bank is going to raise GH¢200million through a Renounceable Rights Issue and Private Placement (the “Transaction”), to among other things bring the bank in line with applicable regulatory requirements and improve liquidity.

At the Bank’s Extraordinary General Meeting held on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, shareholders gave approval to amend Regulation 7 of the Bank’s regulations, increasing the Ordinary Shares with no par value to 5,000,000,000.  Shareholders also gave clearance to the Bank’s Board of Directors to undertake the Renounceable Rights Issue to be offered to the existing shareholders in proportion, as nearly as the circumstances admit, to the number of shares that they hold which shall be payable in full upon allotment.

In the event that existing shareholders do not exercise all their rights, shares shall be allotted to investors who have been identified by the Board and the management of the Bank after the completion of the Rights Issue through a Private Placement.

The Bank’s Board Chairman, Mr. Joseph Nsonamoah, explained that UTB has grown rapidly over the last six years and has been at the forefront of many developments in Ghana's banking sector and “we want to remain in this pole position”.

 “In light of the ongoing challenges, we need to raise a minimum of GH¢200million through this Transaction to enable the Bank access trade lines with partner banks that have been restricted over the past year due to the losses we incurred in 2015; and allow the bank to complete key elements of our Medium Term Turnaround Plan covering the period 2015 – 2018,” he said.

Mr. Nsonamoah added that the new capital injection will serve as additional long-term capital which will, in turn, give us the flexibility to restructure and refinance certain expensive liabilities, reduce the interest burden and enhance our net interest income margins.

The new capital is also expected to enhance the Bank’s balance sheet structure by increasing liquidity and investment assets as part of building a stronger, more stable Bank with consistently growing earnings as proposed in the Turnaround Plan.

CEO of UT Bank Limited, Mr. Stephen Antwi- Asimeng stated that, "UT Bank Limited is poised to realize significant improvement in its performance with all the aforementioned measures in place. As an SME-centric bank, we are committed to meeting the needs of our shareholders, our valued customers and the general public".

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