COURT SANCTION OF RECOMMENDED SCHEME OF MERGER BETWEEN ACCESS BANK PLC AND DIAMOND BANK PLC

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Diamond Bank Plc. (“Diamond Bank”) announces that the Federal High Court of Nigeria has on March 19, 2019 sanctioned the Scheme of Merger pursuant to which Access Bank Plc will acquire the entire issued share capital of Diamond Bank through a cash and share exchange (the “Merger”).

All conditions to the Merger, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulatory approvals have been satisfied and the Scheme is now effective.

The Scheme record time was 6.00 p.m. (Nigerian time) on 19 March 2019, and no transfers of Diamond Bank shares is expected after this time.

Trading in the shares of Diamond Bank has been suspended on The Nigerian Stock Exchange effective March 20, 2019.

Diamond Bank further announces that the Directors hereby seize to be Directors of the dissolved Diamond Bank Plc effective March 19, 2019.

The Merger is expected to be completed on 1 April 2019. Full details of the Merger, including the terms and conditions of the Scheme and the Merger, are set out in the Scheme Document dated 24 January 2019.

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