The Chief Executive Officer of BEIGE, the financial services provider, has confirmed that The BEIGE Bank(TBB), its universal banking subsidiary, is on course to meeting the Bank of Ghanaâ€™s (BOG) GHÂ¢400 million minimum capital requirement for universal banks by the end of December 2018.
â€œBEIGE will deliverâ€ – Mike Nyinaku, Chief Executive Officer â€“ BEIGE
According to the CEO of BEIGE, â€œWe have a gap of less than GHc100 million of the expected stated capital position required by the Central Bank and we will definitely meet this before the year ends.
It has been a difficult year for indigenous banks without a doubt and we know that anxiety amongst customers has led to some of them re-directing their businesses. Having said that, we are happy about the faith our customers have had in us.
Due to the appeal of our brand, the size and variety of services on our Groupâ€™s Platform, we have received expressions of interests both for equity participation in our business as well as merger propositions. However, while we are favourably considering them all, our aim – at the end of it all – is to preserve the indigenous identity of BEIGE.
Now that this hurdle is almost out of the way, our focus will be to direct our attention to the sale and distribution of our specialized Pension and Health Insurance Products which have been designed purposely to serve the retail market.”
â€œThe BEIGE Bank is well anchoredâ€ – Kofi Otutu Adu-Labi, Board Chairman â€“ The BEIGE Bank
“Following our transition into universal banking, TBB is gradually implementing a three (3) year strategy aimed at restructuring our balance sheet in order for us to remain competitive whilst playing in our niche â€“ the SME Market. This strategy is anchored on re-pricing our deposits and driving a lot of demand deposits to significantly reduce and align our cost of funds with the industry. The medium term effect is that the bank is able to restructure itself in a much shorter time to allow for competitive operations by year three (3).
We are confident that the bankâ€™s strong corporate governance systems and investments in safe assets will enable us remain very competitive beyond our achievement of the BOGâ€™s minimum capital requirement,” Board Chairman of The BEIGE Bank, Kofi Otutu Adu-Labi has said.
â€œLetâ€™s Invest in Oursâ€ – Prof. Stephen Adei, Board Chairman â€“ BEIGE
â€œWhile confirming that BEIGE will deliver, we also encourage as many Ghanaians, as are able, to consider investing in some of the indigenous banks, so we build this country together.â€
BEIGE is a financial services provider with business interests in Banking, Pensions, Insurance and Investments,” Prof Adei urged.
Source: BEIGE Bank