Intercontinental Bank

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Intercontinental Bank Plc. Now Access Bank PLC
Industry Financial Services
Founded 1989
Headquarters Lagos, Nigeria
Key people
Raymond C. Obieri
Mahmud Lai Alabi
Managing Director & CEO
Products Loans, Checking, Savings, Investments, Debit Cards, Credit Cards
Website [1]

Intercontinental Bank Plc.,now Access Bank Plc was commonly referred to as Intercontinental Bank, but often simply called Intercontinental, is a commercial bank in Nigeria. It is one of the twenty-four (24) commercial banks licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the country's banking regulator.[1]


Intercontinental Bank was a large financial services provider in West Africa. As of December 2008, the bank's shareholder's equity was valued at approximately US$1.7 billion (NGN:261 billion).[2] The shares of stock of Intercontinental Bank are listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), where they trade under the symbol: INTERCONT.[3]


The bank was established in 1989 under the name Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Limited. That same year, the first subsidiary, Intercontinental Securities Limited, was established. In 1996, the bank acquired controlling shareholding in Equity Bank of Nigeria, a commercial bank. Also is 1996, Intercontinental acquired majority shareholding in West African Provincial Company Plc. (WAPIC), an insurance company. Intercontinental converted into a commercial bank in 1999. In 2002, the company listed its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. In 2005, Intercontinental successfully merged with three (3) other commercial banks, in which it held equity positions prior to the merger, namely Equity Bank of Nigeria, Gateway Bank and Global Bank.[4]

In 2009, a special audit of the commercial banks in Nigeria by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the country's banking regulator, found nine of the banks to be under-capitalized and badly managed. Intercontinental Bank Plc. was one of the troubled banks. Following the injection of capital by the Federal Government of Nigeria, to maintain solvency, the troubled banks have embarked on re-capitalization through participation by new investors, yet to be made public.[5][6]

In 2011, Access Bank began talks with the Central Bank of Nigeria to acquire Intercontinental Bank Plc. Further to the approval of the shareholders of Intercontinental bank and Access Bank, court sanction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria and approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Securities & Exchange Commission, Access Bank Plc (“Access”) and Intercontinental Bank Plc (“Intercontinental Bank”) announced the completion of the recapitalization of Intercontinental Bank and the acquisition of 75% majority interest in Intercontinental Bank by Access Bank Plc. In effect, Intercontinental Bank (including all its assets, liabilities and undertakings) became a subsidiary of Access Bank Plc. Aluko & Oyebode acted as Transaction Counsel to Access Bank Plc in connection with its acquisition of Intercontinental Bank Plc.[7]


The bank had the following subsidiary companies, as of December 2010: [8] Together with the parent bank, they sometimes are referred to as the Intercontinental Group of Companies.

  • Intercontinental Securities Limited
  • Intercontinental Bank Ghana Limited
  • Intercontinental Finance and Investments Limited
  • Intercontinental Bank United Kingdom Plc.
  • Intercontinental Homes Savings and Loans Limited
  • Intercontinental Registrars Limited
  • Intercontinental Capital Markets Limited
  • Intercontinental Wapic Insurance Plc.
  • Intercontinental Properties Limited
  • Intercontinental Trustees Limited


The Chairman of the Board was Raymond C. Obieri, while the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer was Mahmud Lai Alabi.[9]

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