Caribbean: Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce CIBC, announced its planned $797 million trade of a stake in its Caribbean unit wouldn’t progress after regulators refused the deal, leaving the bank stuck with a business that had been dwindling in value.
CIBC declared the sale of the two-thirds stake in CIBC First Caribbean to a company run by Colombian billionaire Jaime Gilinski in November 2019. The deal, which would have blown CIBC with a 25% stake in the Barbados-based bank, valued First Caribbean at about $1.2 billion, less than half of its $2.8 billion value when CIBC took over most of the business.
“While this transaction would have helped First Caribbean’s long-term growth prospects, it is only one way of building value for stakeholders,” Harry Culham, CIBC’s head of capital businesses who also oversees First Caribbean, said Wednesday in an announcement during regulators’ rejection of the deal.
CIBC didn’t detail the inferences the deal was rejected or say which Caribbean regulators declined to approve it. First Caribbean will focus on optimizing its business and heightening efficiency, Toronto-based CIBC noted in the address.
CIBC had been attempting to scale back its presence in the Caribbean, where it had been extending banking services since 1920. The Canadian lender consolidated its operations in the region with Barclays Plc’s in 2002 to make First Caribbean, and four years later, it bought the British bank’s 44% stake in the operation for $988.7 million.
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