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Merger: Access Bank loses as investors offload shares

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Access Bank Plc emerged the biggest loser at the end of trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Tuesday as some investors sold off their shares.

The bank recorded a 5.52 per cent decline in its share price as it fell to N7.70 on Tuesday from the N8.15 recorded on Monday.

Following an announcement on Monday confirming its proposed merger with Diamond Bank Plc, Access Bank’s share price gained 9.40 per cent that day to close at N8.15 from N7.45 on Friday.

However, the gain recorded on Monday was pared on Tuesday as the bank’s share price fell, while the volume of trade increased by 63.11 per cent to 22.2 million units from 13.6 million units on Monday.

On the other hand, Diamond Bank’s share price increased further, gaining 9.62 per cent to close at N1.14 per share on Tuesday.

Investors reacted to the news of the proposed merger, leading Diamond Bank to emerge the highest gainer on Monday as its share price gained 9.47 per cent to close at N1.04 from the 95 kobo recorded on Friday.

Analysts, who spoke in separate interviews with our correspondent, stated that the losses recorded by Access Bank were due to the sell-off and profit-taking witnessed in its shares.

The Managing Director, Afrinvest Securities Limited, Ayodeji Ebo, said a lot of investors sold off their shares in Access Bank because they might not see gains in a long time.

He said, “In actual fact, the impact of the acquisition will not come into play until the last quarter of 2019. If you are not a very long-term investor, it will not transfer to capital gains. That is why people sold off their shares in Access Bank today.

“Yesterday, before investors did their proper analysis, the share price gained almost 10 per cent. So, what happened today was just the shedding of the gains recorded on Monday.

“We have a lot of investors that are sceptical about the shares in Diamond Bank too, because a consideration price has been agreed on, which may be reviewed, as we saw in the case of Access Bank’s acquisition of Intercontinental Bank.”

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