Atlas Mara Limited
|Traded as||LSE: ATMA|
|Industry||Banking and Finance|
|Founded||28 November 2013|
|Founders||Robert Edward Diamond Jr|
|Headquarters||Tortola, British Virgin Islands|
|John Vitalo |
Chief Executive Officer
|Revenue||US$ 420 Million (2017)|
|US$ 47.7 Million (2017)|
|Total assets||US$ 3.14 Billion (2017)|
|Total equity||US$ 0.79 Billion (2017)|
Number of employees
The Group's headquarters are located in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, with subsidiaries and investments in Botswana, Germany, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Atlas Mara was founded on November 28, 2013 by former Barclays Executive Bob Diamond and entrepreneur Ashish Thakkar through Atlas Merchant Capital LLC and Mara Group Holdings Limited as their investment vehicles respectively. Atlas Merchant held 80% while Mara Group held 20% of the venture upon incorporation. The Group's geographical area of focus is on the African continent.
The company was listed on the London Stock Exchange on December 17, 2013 through an IPO which raised USD 325 million. As of 26 March 2019 (5 years and 3 months after the IPO), the stock price had crashed and had lost 84% of its IPO price. The ticker symbol in London is "ATMA.LN". It trades in the United States under the ticker symbol "AAMAF".
March 31, 2014 Atlas Mara announced that it had made an offer to acquire sub-Saharan African bank ABC Holdings Limited and Frankfurt based African Development Corporation AG (ADC) for approximately $265 million. This was to be done through a three phase acquisition strategy:
- The group would acquire 50.1% stake of BancABC through direct agreements.
- The group would make a voluntary offer to acquire a majority stake in ADC, bringing total ownership in BancABC up to 88%.
- The group would make a subsequent mandatory offer for the remaining 12% stake in BancABC.
This acquisition would give the group presence in Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe and a minority stake in the Union Bank of Nigeria. The Transaction was scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014.
In September 2014, Atlas Mara acquired a 20.9 percent stake in the Union Bank of Nigeria from Asset Management Company of Nigeria for $270 million, putting its total holding in the firm at almost 30 percent.
On September 22, 2014, Atlas Mara made a mandatory offer for remaining 4.2% outstanding shareholding in ABC Holdings that the group did not hold in ABCH. The minority shareholders would either opt for a cash consideration or receive 0.0683 ordinary shares of Atlas Mara for each ABCH share held. This will lead to the delisting of ABC Holdings from both the Botswana and Zimbabwe Stock Exchanges. This delisting was finally concluded on 28 November 2014.
On October 16, 2014, Atlas Mara announced that it had completed its previously announced acquisition of the Development Bank of Rwanda's commercial banking business which had been spun off into a new subsidiary following an internal reorganization of BRD. This subsidiary was incorporated to run the commercial loan portfolio, BRD's Insurance brokerage firm and a piece of a commercial plot adjacent to BRD’s Kigali headquarters. In April 2015, the group announced its intention to acquire a significant minority interest in Banque Populaire du Rwanda SA (BPR). The group would then marge BPR's business to that span off BRD then acquire secondary shares from existing shareholders resulting in the Company having a controlling stake of the merged business.
In 2016, Atlas Mara completed the purchase of Finance Bank of Zambia (FBZ) with consideration settled by approximately $61 million in cash and 3.3 million Atlas Mara shares, not including deferred contingent consideration of up to 1.3 million Atlas Mara shares. FBZ will be combined with Atlas Mara's Zambian subsidiary, African Banking Corporation Zambia Limited ("BancABC Zambia"), with pro forma combined assets as at December 31, 2015 of approximately $567 million. The acquisition will position the merged bank as one of the largest banks in terms of branch footprint in Zambia with the physical presence increasing from 23 branches to 65 branches, a total of 176 ATMs and 23 agencies.
In April 2019, Atlas Mara announced that it had entered into a share swap with Equity Group Holdings Limited. The deal would see Atlas Mara transfer 62 percent of Banque Populaire du Rwanda, 100 percent of African Banking Corporation of Zambia, African Banking Corporation of Mozambique and African Banking Corporation of Tanzania to Equity Group in exchange for 6.27 percent shareholding in Equity Group in a transaction valued at valued at US$105.71 million.
The companies that comprise the Atlas Mara Group include, but are not limited, to the following:
- African Development Corporation AG – Holding Company – Frankfurt, Germany – 100% Shareholding – A commercial bank holding company.
- ADC Management Services – Holding Company – Port Louis, Mauritius – 100% Shareholding – A commercial bank holding company. Held through African Development Corporation.
- ABC Holdings Limited – Holding Company – Gaborone, Botswana – 100% Shareholding – A commercial bank holding company.
- BancABC Botswana – Gaborone, Botswana – 100% Shareholding – A commercial bank in Botswana, serving individuals and businesses. Held through ABC Holdings Limited.
- BancABC Mozambique – Maputo, Mozambique – 100% Shareholding – A commercial bank in Mozambique, serving individuals and businesses. Held through ABC Holdings Limited.
- BancABC Tanzania – Dodoma, Tanzania – 74% Shareholding – A commercial bank in Tanzania, serving individuals and businesses. Held through ABC Holdings Limited.
- Atlas Mara Bank Zambia – Lusaka, Zambia – 100% Shareholding – A commercial bank in Zambia, serving individuals and businesses. Held through ABC Holdings Limited. In November 2015, Atlas Mara announced that it would be acquiring Finance Bank of Zambia and merge its operations to those of BancABC Zambia. This would result in the creation of Zambia's largest bank by branch network and fifth largest bank by assets.
- BancABC Zimbabwe – Harare, Zimbabwe – 100% Shareholding – A commercial bank in Zimbabwe, serving individuals and businesses. Held through ABC Holdings Limited.
- Rswitch Limited- Kigali, Rwanda – 88.54% Shareholding – A payment solution provider in Rwanda. Held through ADC Management.
- Tanzania Development Finance Company Limited – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – 68% Shareholding – A development finance company. Held through ABC Holdings Limited.
- Banque Populaire du Rwanda – 62% shareholding – A commercial bank in Rwanda, serving individuals and businesses and offering bancassurance services. BRD Commercial Bank's operations were merged to those of BPR creating Rwanda's the second largest bank by total assets.
- Union Bank of Nigeria – Lagos, Nigeria – 48% Shareholding – A commercial bank in Nigeria. UBN is listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange.
- ICEA Lion Tanzania – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – 47% Shareholding – An insurance company underwriting general insurance business in Tanzania. ICEA Lion Tanzania is a venture between Kenyan-based ICEA Lion Group and Tanzania Development Finance Company Limited.
- iVeri Payment Technologies – 49% Shareholding – A payment solution provider in South Africa. Held through ADC Management.
- Credit Insurance Zimbabwe Limited – Harare, Zimbabwe – 24% Shareholding – An insurance company underwriting general insurance business in Zimbabwe. Held through BancABC Zimbabwe.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Atlas Mara Limited, was Arnold O. Ekpe while John Vitalo served as the Chief Executive Officer. The current Chairman is Michael Wilkerson.
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