Arise BV acquires 28% stake in Ghana's CAL Bank as DPI successfully exits

Frank Adu, CEO, CAL Bank

CAL Bank has announced that its second largest shareholder, private equity firm DPI, has successfully sold its 27.7 percent stake in CAL Bank to Arise BV of the Netherlands.

Since 2012, when DPI invested in CAL, the bank has consistently grown profits, reporting a 16% increase in profit after tax in 2015, 24% growth in total assets and a 32% return on equity. CAL’s share price increased by over 200% since 2012.

Arise BV was formed in 2016 as a partnership between Norfund, FMO and Rabobank to reaffirm their long-term commitment to Africa’s future development, growth potential and the local financial sector. The company started with a presence in over 20 countries and $660 million in assets.

Speaking from CAL Bank’s head Office, the bank’s CEO, Frank Adu, said: “This landmark transaction marks the successful exit of a leading private equity investor, despite a challenging macro environment in Ghana. We are delighted to have partnered with DPI, who have been supportive shareholders and have added significant value to our business over their investment period. We look forward to continuing a fruitful partnership with Arise as new shareholders in CAL Bank.”

“CAL Bank has a strong track record of delivering high growth and solid financial performance with our highly skilled and experienced management team. With the support of Arise, the bank is well-positioned to deliver future growth for all our shareholders and for our dedicated employees,” Adu added.

Eduardo Gutierrez, Partner, DPI said: “DPI is proud to have partnered with CAL Bank in expanding a leading banking franchise in Ghana over the past four years. Driven by an exceptionally strong and motivated management team, CAL Bank is well positioned to harness the significant growth opportunity in financial services in one of Africa’s largest growth markets. We wish CAL Bank, the management team and Arise continued success in delivering on this potential.”

Runa Alam, Chief Executive Officer, DPI commented: “Our investment in CAL Bank fits our core investment objective to invest in best-in-class African companies that benefit from the emerging middle class. DPI are delighted to have achieved strong equity returns for our investors. We thank the CAL Bank management team for the partnership over the last several years.”

Deepak Malik, CEO of Arise BV said: “We are excited to partner with CAL Bank, the 3rd largest bank in Ghana based on loans advanced and a listed company on the Ghana Stock Exchange. The institution has a strong track record of delivering high growth and solid performance and, with the support of Arise, is well-positioned to deliver future growth in Ghana, one of Africa’s core emerging economies.”

Settlement of the transaction was effected on February 14th, 2017.

Source: News & Events | CAL Bank