January 27, 2023

MCB Bank has decided not to pursue its interest in the acquisition of a major shareholding either in Telenor Microfinance Bank or Easypaisa. The failure of negotiation on the deal price between the management of the two banks is rumored to be the reason.

MCB Bank was the first to show an interest in the acquisition of the bank’s major shares. The management had earlier carried out the exercise of due diligence of the Telenor Microfinance Bank after the Norwegian telecom giant announced to sell its 55 percent stake in the bank.

MCB Bank, two more banks approached management of Telenor Microfinance Bank, one after another, for their interest in the acquisition of shares. These banks were also permitted for conducting due diligence on the microfinance bank. Negotiations between the management are underway on various issues.

MCB Bank was considered a strong contender for this deal due to its growth potential in the microfinance sector. The bank previously acquired and merged with NIB Bank in 2017 and demerged its operation of Islamic banking business to set up a separate subsidiary of MCB Islamic Bank.

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