Republic Bank lands closer to Jamaica

Republic Bank traded at a 52 weeks’ high.

There has been rumors that Trinidad and Tobago’s Republic Financial is eyeing Jamaica to set up some form of operation. The name was initially mooted earlier this year, when the financial market was abuzz with an ownership change.
Boxed in by the tight economy in its own base of Trinidad and Tobago, Republic is on the prowl and Jamaica with the brightest economic prospects since the 1960s, cannot be off their radar. Keep a watch on this space.
In 2015, they bought the majority shares in HFC Bank in Ghana, they announced last week that as of the end of business on Friday, 12 October 2018, they received acceptances for a total of 22,934,246 ordinary shares of Cayman National, representing 54.15 percent of the ordinary shares, making them a subsidiary of the republic group.
In September, Republic made an offer to acquire a minimum of 51 percent and up to 74.99 percent of the ordinary shares of Cayman National to their shareholders at US$6.25 per share. The consummation of the acquisition remains subject to certain other conditions including, without limitation, receipt of necessary government and regulatory approvals. Republic stated that it is committed to purchase up to 74.99 percent of the ordinary shares of Cayman National. The Offer was scheduled to expire on Monday October 22 but is extended to Monday November 12, 2018, pursuant to the rules of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange, and to accommodate an Extraordinary General Meeting of the shareholders of Cayman National to be held on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 to amend the articles of the bank.
The Republic Financial has off shore operations in Cayman Islands since 1992. Republic Bank (Cayman) is a private bank offering a comprehensive wealth management service to its clients.
Republic reported profit of $343 million for the June Quarter up from $328 million in 2017 and for the nine months to June $993 million versus $959 million in 2017. Shareholders’ equity stood at $9 billion and total assets of $70 billion with loans advanced to customers of $36 billion. As of June this year, Cayman National Bank had CI$1.56 billion with shareholders equity of $114 million. Profit was $16.4 million up strongly from $11.7 million in 2017. Republic purchased the shares at a PE around 10 times 2017 earnings and that should translate to a higher stock price for republic that sells around a PE of 13 currently. Republic will be able to cut operating cost at the new subsidiary as they can share in certain services that are common to both entities.

Republic makes bid for Cayman biggest bank

Demand rises for Republic Financial Holdings

Trinidad’s Republic Holdings has made an offer through its wholly-owned subsidiary of RBTT Barbados Republic Financial Holdings to acquire between 51 percent and 74.99 percent of the issued shares of Cayman National Bank.
The offer is priced between US$6 to US$6.75 per Cayman National share representing a premium between US$3 to US$3.75 per share as compared to the closing price of US$3 per Cayman National share on 3 August. The offer price is around 10 times earnings which is very attractive to republic as profit has been growing nicely for last year and the current year. The acquisition would allow Republic to merge Cayman National with Republic’s Cayman operations.
Cayman National has total assets of CI$1,558,692,523, up from $1,464,852,010 at June 2017. Total Comprehensive Income for nine months to June 2018 is CI$16,062,080 and is up from CI$10,841,267 in 2017.
The Offer remains subject to a number of conditions, including completion of due diligence by RBTTBL and recommendation by the Board of CNC for the Possible Offer.
Cayman National was Established in 1974 and is the largest financial services company based in the Cayman Islands, providing banking, trust and company management, fund administration, and wealth management services to clients locally and around the world, from the Cayman Islands, and the Isle of Man, with an office also in Dubai. Cayman National is publicly traded on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and comprises: Cayman National Bank Ltd., Cayman National Fund Services Ltd., Cayman National Securities Ltd., Cayman National Bank (Isle of Man) Limited and Cayman National Trust Company (Isle of Man) Limited and Cayman National (Dubai) Ltd.
RBTTBL was established in 1999 and is a licensed offshore international financial business operating pursuant to the International Financial Services Act, CAP. 325 of the Laws of Barbados which primarily conducts investment and investment management services. RBTTBL’s registered office is located at Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited, Independence Square, Bridgetown, Barbados. RBTTBL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Republic Financial Holdings Limited. RBTTBL currently has wholly-owned subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, Republic Bank (Cayman Limited).
About Republic Bank (Cayman) Limited:
Republic Bank (Cayman) Limited was established on 13 January 1992 and currently holds a Trust License and an Unrestricted Class B Banking License under the Banks and Trust Companies Law of the Cayman Islands, as amended. Republic Bank (Cayman) Limited also holds a Mutual Funds License and is a registered Excluded Person for purposes of the Securities Investment Business Law of the Cayman Islands (SIBL-EP).
RFHL is listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange and has over US$10 billion of total assets. RFHL, along with its subsidiaries and associated companies, provides commercial banking and related services. These include investment banking, mortgage financing, securities trading and related activities, trustee services, credit card operations, foreign exchange and trade finance services as well as deposit taking and lending operations. Through its subsidiaries and associated companies, RFHL has operations domiciled in Barbados, Ghana, Suriname, Grenada, Guyana and St. Lucia in addition to Trinidad and Tobago.