3 major UAE banks in talks of merger
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) said it is in early merger talks with Union National Bank and Al Hilal Bank, which could potentially form a lender with $113 billion (Dh 414.71 billion) in assets.
Abu Dhabi has been revamping its economy and pressing ahead with consolidating state-owned entities after two years of low oil prices weighed heavily on its revenues.
Two of Abu Dhabi’s top banks were merged last year to create First Abu Dhabi Bank with total assets of $175 billion, while two of its big sovereign wealth funds were also combined.
ADCB, majority owned by the Abu Dhabi government, said in a disclosure to the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange that it is in talks with UNB and separately with unlisted Al Hilal Bank. If it goes ahead, a merger of the three could create an entity with $113 billion in assets, according to Thomson Reuters data.
The statement from ADCB followed a Bloomberg News report of the talks which said that a potential merger could create the Gulf’s fifth biggest bank.