The Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) has announced that it will appoint financial advisers by June 15 to manage the sale of Mainstreet Bank, Enterprise Bank and Keystone Bank.
The three banks were nationalised in 2011 following mismanagement of bad loans and recapitalised by AMCON.
AMCON’s Chief Executive Officer, Mustapha Chike-Obi, made this known on Thursday in an interview where he revealed plans to sell 100 percent of each of the bank.
He however added that AMCON is yet to decide on the best way to proceed.
“We have advertised for a financial adviser who will take charge of the process” said Chike-Obi.
He said the advisers would solicit expressions of interest from prospective investors.
Mr Chike-Obi said he expected strong interest in the three banks from local and foreign institutions, pointing out that South Africa’s leading bank, FirstRand, had informed AMCON of an interest in acquiring Keystone bank.
FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana told Reuters last week that the South African lender was keen on buying either Keystone or Mainstreet.
Skye Bank is also expected to bid for one of the three banks, depending on valuations, its CEO Kehinde Durosimi-Etti told a shareholder meeting last week, where management sought approval to raise N50 billion.
AMCON said last week it expected to complete the sales by the third quarter of 2014.