The Ghana Amalgamated Trust meets GHc400m minimum capital recapitalisation demand

April 3, 2019

The Governor of the Central Bank has disclosed the five banks under the The Ghana Amalgamated Trust (GAT) umbrella; ADB, Prudential Bank, UMB, Sahel/Omni Bank and NIB have met the GHc400 million minimum capital recapitalisation demand, following an undertaking by government.

The government last year set up the Ghana Amalgamated Trust, a special purpose vehicle, to recapitalize some local banks that needed some top up. This is to help these local banks to meet the Bank of Ghana new minimum capital requirement of GHc400 million.

Some industry watchers however have taken issue with the soft treatment being given the GAT members noting its only now GAT is preparing to issue two tranches of five year bonds to raise the money with which it intends to provide the requisite equity capital for the five banks to meet the central bank’s GHc400 million minimum capital requirement; with no guarantee the two bond issues will be successful.

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