National Bank of Kenya

National Bank of Kenya (NBK), also known as National Bank, is a commercial bank in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community. It is licensed by the Central Bank of Kenya, the central bank, and national banking regulator.[4] Effective September 2019, the bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kenya Commercial Bank Group.[5]

National Bank of Kenya
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1968; 55 years ago (1968)
HeadquartersNairobi, Kenya
Key people
John Nyerere
Paul Russo
Managing Director[1]
ProductsLoans, Savings, Checking, Investments, Debit Cards, Credit Cards
RevenueIncreaseAftertax:US$1,521,950 (KES:156,139,000) (2018)[2]
Total assetsUS$1.122 billion (KES:115.143 billion) (2018)[2]
Number of employees
1,356 (2018)[3]


NBK is a large financial services provider in Kenya, serving individuals, small-to-medium companies and businesses (SMEs) and large corporations. Headquartered in Nairobi, the bank owns one subsidiary company: NatBank Trustee and Investment Services Limited. As of December 2018, National Bank of Kenya's asset base was valued at approximately US$1.122 billion (KES:115.143 billion), with shareholders' equity valued at about US$67.6 million (KES:6.936 billion).[2] Following the acquisition of the shares of NBK by KCB Group in September 2019, the shares of NBK were de-listed from the Nairobi Securities Exchange on 16 September 2019.[6]


The bank was established in 1968 as a 100 percent government-owned financial institution. In 1994, the Kenyan Government reduced its shareholding to 68 percent by selling 32 percent shareholding to the public. The government further divested from NBK over the years, until its present shareholding of 22.5 percent, as of April 2019.[7] Following 12 years of poor financial performance, the bank became profitable again in 2010, paying out an annual dividend ever since.[8]

In April 2019, KCB Bank Kenya Limited, the largest commercial bank in the country by assets, announced its intention to acquire 100 percent of the assets and liabilities of National Bank of Kenya, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.[7] That acquisition was concluded on 16 September 2019.[6]


The bank owns the following subsidiary companies in which it has 100% shareholding

  1. Natbank Trustee and Investment Services Limited: Nairobi,  
  2. Kenya National Capital Corporation Limited: Nairobi,  
  3. NBK Insurance Agency Limited: Nairobi,  


As of October 2019, the stock of National Bank of Kenya is owned by the Kenya Commercial Bank Group, a large financial conglomerate, with subsidiaries in seven Eastern African countries and total assets of over $7.013 billion, as of October 2019.[9]

At the time of acquisition of NBK, KCB Group stated that it intended to run NBK as a stand-alone subsidiary, for a period of at least two years, after which NBK would be integrated with KCB Bank Kenya Limited.[10]


In October 2019, KCB Group appointed a new board of directors for its subsidiary National Bank of Kenya. The following are the board members:[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Brian Ngugi (18 October 2019). "Atwoli Out After 16 Years As KCB Names New National Bank Board". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c National Bank of Kenya (24 May 2019). "National Bank of Kenya: 2018 Audited Financial Statements As At 31 December 2018" (PDF). Nairobi: National Bank of Kenya. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ Juma, Victor (9 June 2019). "National Bank lays off 112 employees". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  4. ^ Central Bank of Kenya (31 December 2011). "Directory of Commercial Banks And Mortgage Finance Companies" (PDF). Central Bank of Kenya. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  5. ^ Victor Amadala (2 September 2019). "CBK Approves National Bank of Kenya Takeover By KCB". The Star (Kenya). Nairobi. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b Victor Juma (14 July 2019). "KCB To Delist National Bank On State Stake". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b Anyanzwa, James (18 April 2019). "KCB announces intention to acquire troubled NBK". The East African. Nairobi. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ Munda, Constant (28 March 2014). "National Bank of Kenya Shareholders Receive Dividend Raise". The Star. Nairobi. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  9. ^ The EastAfrican (21 October 2019). "East African Banks Rank Among World's Top Performers". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  10. ^ Mike Njoroge (28 August 2019). "KCB Takeover of NBK Enters Final Stretch: NBK To Remain As Subsidiary In KCB Takeover". Nairobi: Business Today Kenya. Retrieved 18 October 2019.

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