Barclays Plc sells controlling stake in Barclays Africa to SA fund manager

Further to the Bank of Botswana’s announcement in May, Barclays Africa Group Limited (BAGL) and Barclays Bank PLC (Barclays PLC) have announced that Barclays PLC has, as a result of transactions undertaken in the previous week, now reduced its shareholding in BAGL from 50.1% to about 15%. Therefore, BAGL is no longer a majority owned subsidiary of Barclays PLC. Barclays PLC has, therefore, effectively achieved a status where it is no longer compelled to consolidate BAGL’s operations for accounting or regulatory purposes.

Consequent to these developments, and as part of the agreement between Barclays PLC and BAGL, the Barclays brand will be phased out from BAGL, including in Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited, over the next three years.

Barclays Plc has reduced exposure in Africa

However, Barclays PLC has committed to maintaining a significant minority equity stake in BAGL. A South African government-owned fund management company, Public Investment Corporation (PIC), will hold approximately 14% of the shares in BAGL, while 1.5% of the shares are reserved for the South African Black Economic Empowerment Scheme. Besides PIC and Barclays PLC, none of the other shareholders own more than 5% of BAGL.

“As stated in May, there will be no change in the direct ownership and control of Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited as a result of these transactions. BAGL and Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited have reconfirmed this state of affairs.”

BAGL, a company incorporated and domiciled in the Republic of South Africa and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, will continue to hold 67.8% equity stake in Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited. The remaining 32.2% of the shares of Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited are listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange and held by a diverse group of institutional investors and individuals.

“In line with the Bank of Botswana Act (CAP 55:01) and Banking Act (CAP 46:04), the Bank will continue to monitor developments with a view to ensuring the maintenance of the prevailing safe and sound operations of Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited in the country.”