Sindh, Summit bank’s chiefs hope for complete merger before September

On the intervention of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the share ratio for the merger has been fixed at 8.37 Summit Bank shares for one share of Sindh Bank

KARACHI: Summit Bank Limited will continue functioning normally by performing daily transactions and fulfilling its all liabilities to the depositors, till its merger with Sindh Bank after clearance from the Supreme Court of Pakistan is complete.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Summit Bank Limited President Ahsan Raza Durrani, Sindh Bank President Tariq Ahsan and Sindh Bank Director Muhammad Bilal Shaikh strongly refuted the rumours circulating on social media about the suspension of operations by Summit Bank Limited.

Summit Bank’s President/CEO Ahsan Raza Durrani informed that annual general meetings of both the banks would be held here on 31 August 2018, where the merger plan and its terms and conditions along with its future policy would be approved.

After this approval, both the banks would submit the plan before the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The apex court has directed the management of these banks to submit details of their merger plan including the reasons behind this decision.

“Hopefully, the Supreme Court of Pakistan will issue green signal and the merger will be completed before the end of September 2018,” remarked Ahsan Raza Durrani and Muhammad Bilal Shaikh.

On 3 August, 2018, the Board of Directors of both the banks had approved the merger, he said.

He said after the merger Summit Bank would lose its identity and would become a part of Sindh Bank, which is a public sector bank.

On the intervention of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the share ratio for the merger has been fixed at 8.37 Summit Bank shares for one share of Sindh Bank. Earlier this ratio was 4.1:1.  After the merger, the equity pool would be around Rs27 billion–Rs17 billion from Sindh Bank and Rs10 billion from Summit Bank.

Summit Bank’s President said his bank had no political affiliation with any political party and was never involved in any money laundering.

While replying to a question from the media, he said that there would be no effect of the money laundering case on the merger plan.

Presidents of both the banks assured that there would be downsizing of employees of the banks at least for one year after the merger and their benefits would remain intact.

They explained that the major reasons for the merger were to have a broad base of branch network and meet the required equity level along with other legal requirements set by State Bank of Pakistan and those at the international level.

Sindh Bank’s Director Muhammad Bilal Shaikh said another major reason was that SBP had directed his bank to go for public listing at the earliest.

After the merger, initial public offering (IPO) would be held where around forty perper centares would be floated for the public and the remaining shares would be with the Sindh government.

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