Al Watany Bank of Egypt

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Al Watany Bank of Egypt
Industry Banking
Founded 1 May 1980; 36 years ago (1980-05-01)
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt
Key people
Chairman: Shaikha Khaled El Bahr
Managing Director:
Yasser Hassan[1]
Products Financial Services
Website AWB Official Website

The Al Watany Bank of Egypt is an Egyptian bank, and a subsidiary of the National Bank of Kuwait.[2]

The Al Watany Bank of Egypt was founded in May 1980 by several Egyptian businessmen as a joint Stock Company under the provisions of Law 43/1974 with two branches in Cairo.[3] It grew in a promising economy and gradually established a reputation as the leading bank for small and medium-size businesses within the Egyptian market.[3]

In August 2007, the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) acquired a 51% stake in Al Watany for US $516 million.[4][5] The offer was extended to other shareholders and by October 2007, the National Bank of Kuwait had acquired a total of 93.77% stake in the bank for a cost of over US $900 million by October 2007.[5] The purchase marked the entry of the National Bank of Kuwait into the Egyptian market for the first time and represented a significant stage in the bank's strategy of expansion in the region.[6] The bank intended to triple the number of branches in five years and turn Al Watany into Egypt's third largest retail bank.[7]

The Al Watany Bank of Egypt made a net profit of 243.6 million Egyptian pounds (US $44.5 million) in 2007, a 157% increase compared to 2006.[8][9] It posted a profit of 290.6 million Egyptian pounds for the first nine months of 2008, a 29.2 percent growth compared to the same period in the previous year.[10] Its assets were valued at 14.6025 billion Egyptian pounds at the end of the third quarter of 2008.[10]

The bank's authorized and paid capital was 1 billion Egyptian Pounds distributed on 100 million shares with a par value of 10 Egyptian Pounds each. It has 41 branches located across Egypt from Cairo and Alexandria to Giza, Mansoura and Sohag.

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  1. ^ "Officers and Directors For Al Watany Bank of Egypt". Reuters. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "WATA Profile & Executives - El Watany Bank of Egypt". Bloomberg. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Sherman, William (4 February 2003). "Staying The Course". The America's Intelligence Wire. Retrieved 3 March 2009. (registration required)
  4. ^ "NBK wins bid for Egypt's Al-Watany Bank" (Press release). NBK Press Office. 15 August 2007. Archived from the original on 23 August 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Kuwait's NBK acquires 93.77 % of Egypt's AlWatany Bank". Middle East Times. News World Communications Inc. 29 October 2007. Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Bowman, Joel (2 April 2008). "NBK buys Al Watany Bank of Egypt". Arabian Business. ITP DIGITAL. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "National Bank enters Cairo: Al-Watany acquisition will pave the way for expansion in retail sector". Middle East Economic Digest. 7 August 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2009. (registration required)
  8. ^ "Egypt's Al Watany Bank 2007 net profit rises 157 pct". Reuters. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  9. ^ Hadfield, Will (11 March 2008). "Al-Watany Bank's profits jump 157 per cent". Middle East Business Intelligence. Emap. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Watany Bank of Egypt posted 290.6 mln in profit up to Q3 of 2008". ArabFinance. 9 November 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 

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