Heritage Bank (Nigeria)

Heritage Bank Plc., usually called Heritage Bank, is a financial services institution. It is one of the commercial banks licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the country's banking regulator,[1] with a national operating license, that offers retail banking, corporate banking, online/internet banking, investment banking and asset management services; its head office is at 292B Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Heritage Bank Plc
TypePublic company by shares
IndustryFinancial services
Headquarters292B Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Area served
Key people
ProductsBanking and financial services
Total assetsUS$1.7+ billion (NGN:483.4 billion) (Dec 2015)
Number of employees


In 2012, the core investor, IEI Plc, through IEI Investments Limited, acquired the Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria license from the Central Bank of Nigeria. Having fulfilled all required criteria, the bank returned 100% of existing Societe Generale account holders’ money to their owners. Heritage Bank Plc is a large financial services provider in Nigeria. Currently licensed as a National Bank, it offers banking and financial services in the country, including the South, West, Southeast and the North.[2] As of December 2015, the total asset valuation of the bank was estimated at US$1.7+ billion (NGN:483.4 billion). Its shareholders' equity is worth at least US$88 million (NGN:25 billion), the minimum capital requirement by the Central Bank of Nigeria, for national banks.


The bank traces its roots to the late 1970s, when it was founded as Societe Generale Bank (Nigeria), by the late Dr. Olusola Saraki.[3] In January 2006, the Central Bank closed down Societe Generale on account of failure to meet new minimum capital requirements of US$155 million (NGN:25 billion) for a National Bank. Societe Generale successfully challenged the closure in court. In December 2012, the Central Bank re-issued Societe Generale's banking license, but as a regional bank.[4] Having acquired the banking license, the new ownership re-branded the bank as Heritage Banking Company Limited and opened for business under the new name on 4 March 2013.[5]

In October 2014, Heritage Banking Company Ltd successfully met the requirements of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the Central Bank of Nigeria toward owning 100% shares in Enterprise Bank Ltd.

On 27 January 2015, AMCON officially transferred ownership of Enterprise Bank Ltd to Heritage Bank Plc.[citation needed]


As of September 2013, the bank's stock is publicly owned by the following corporate entities and individuals:[6]

Heritage Bank Plc stock ownership
Rank Name of owner Percentage ownership
1 Heritage Investment Services Limited 80.0
2 Priority shareholders 9.0
3 Other minority shareholders 11.0
Total 100.00

Branch networkEdit

Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, Heritage Bank Plc has 127 branches and 202 automated banking centers with over 350 ATMs in all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.


Jani Ibrahim FNSE, FAEng., OON, mni, a non-executive director, serves as the acting chairman of the seven-person board of directors. The managing director and chief executive officer, is Ifiesimama Sekibo.[7]

Acquiring Enterprise BankEdit

In October 2014, Heritage Bank acquired 100% shareholding in Enterprise Bank Limited, a nationalized financial services provider with over 160 branches and US$1.6 billion in assets. Heritage paid AMCON US$340 million (NGN:56.1 billion), in cash, for the acquisition.[8] Heritage Investment Services Limited, the investment arm of Heritage Banking Company Limited, was the winning bidder out of 24 Nigerian and International companies who competed for the acquisition of Enterprise Bank.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "List of Licensed Commercial Banks In Nigeria". Central Bank of Nigeria. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  2. ^ Egwuatu, Peter (30 January 2013). "Heritage Bank Begins Operation January 29, Gets CBN Licence". Vanguard (Nigeria). Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  3. ^ Okeke, Kanyi (29 January 2013). "Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria Returns As Heritage Bank". KanyiDaily.Com. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  4. ^ Udo, Ata (16 November 2012). "Saraki's Bank, SGBN, To Return As Heritage Bank". Premium Times (Abuja). Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  5. ^ Chima, Obinna (4 March 2013). "Heritage Bank Resumes Operations Today". Thisday (Lagos). Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  6. ^ Chima, Obinna (4 March 2013). "Shareholding In Heritage Bank Nigeria Limited". Thisday (Lagos). Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  7. ^ "The Board of Directors At Heritage Bank Plc". Heritage Bank Plc. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  8. ^ Onu, Emele (16 October 2014). "Nigeria's Heritage Is Acquiring Enterprise Bank for $340 Million". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  9. ^ Onyedimmakachukwu (23 September 2014). "Heritage Bank Plans Stock Listing To Fund Enterprise Purchase". Ventures Africa Magazine (Lagos). Retrieved 5 November 2014.

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