Barbados bank completes acquisition of Scotia operations in the region

Barbados bank completes acquisition of Scotia operations in the region

Sunday, November 03, 2019

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) has now closed its acquisition of seven Scotiabank operations.

The bank said in a statement on Friday, that following receipt of approval from the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and the Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten, and the execution of the Banking Business Vesting Orders in five of the Eastern Caribbean territories, RFHL formally acquired Scotia's operations in Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Maarten, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The acquisition will add 350 team members to its staff complement, US$1.5 billion to the group's total asset size and US$20 million to its net profits.

The total asset base of the Republic Group will grow to approximately US$14.5 billion with profits of approximately US$260 million.

“I would like to express my thanks to the many regulators and the governments of the seven countries for their expressions of confidence in the group.

“I would also like to extend my appreciation to the staff of both RFHL and Scotiabank who worked tirelessly to make today a reality. I assure all of the group's stakeholders that their confidence and efforts are not misplaced and that the Group is looking forward to creating tremendous value in all seven jurisdictions,” said chairman of the RFHL Group Ronald Harford.

RFHL has established a new subsidiary in St Lucia, Republic Bank (EC) Ltd, which will serve as the head office for the Eastern Caribbean operations, excluding Grenada.

Scotia's Grenada operations have been merged with the group's existing subsidiary in Grenada, Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited.

A new subsidiary has also been established in St Maarten, Republic Bank (St Maarten) NV to oversee the operations in that territory.

As indicated, when the transaction was first announced, there was no loss of jobs by staff in any country.

President of the RFHL Group, Nigel Baptiste, in welcoming all new team members said — the RFHL Group is built on people.

“Since we believe that is what differentiates us from any other financial institution. It was important to us that the people behind the success of Scotia's operations in each country continued to be the main drivers of the success of our new operations in those countries. I am very pleased to welcome each of them to the Republic family and I look forward to their growth and ours, in the years and decades to come,” Baptiste said.

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