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RFHL closes acquisition of seven Scotiabank operations

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Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) is pleased to announce that it closed its acquisition of seven Scotiabank operations on 31 October 2019.

Following receipt of approval from the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and the Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten, and the execution of the Banking Business Vesting Orders in five of the Eastern Caribbean territories, RFHL formally acquired Scotia’s operations in Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Maarten, and St Vincent & the Grenadines.

The acquisition will add 350 team members to its staff complement, US$1.5 billion to the group’s total asset size and US$20 million to its net profits. The total asset base of the Republic Group will grow to approximately US$14.5 billion with profits of approximately US$260 million.

Expressing his appreciation to all those who contributed to the successful completion of the transaction, which was originally announced in November 2018, Chairman of the RFHL Group, Ronald F deC Harford stated, “I would like to express my thanks to the many Regulators and the Governments of the seven countries for their expressions of confidence in the group. I would also like to extend my appreciation to the staff of both RFHL and Scotiabank who worked tirelessly to make today a reality. I assure all of the group’s stakeholders that their confidence and efforts are not misplaced and that the group is looking forward to creating tremendous value in all seven jurisdictions.”

RFHL has established a new subsidiary in St Lucia, Republic Bank (EC) Ltd, which will serve as the Head Office for the Eastern Caribbean operations, excluding Grenada. Scotia’s Grenada operations have been merged with the group’s existing subsidiary in Grenada, Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited. A new subsidiary has also been established in St Maarten, Republic Bank (St Maarten) NV to oversee the operations in that territory.

As indicated, when the transaction was first announced, there was no loss of jobs by staff in any country. President of the RFHL Group, Nigel Baptiste, welcomed all new team members saying, “The RFHL Group is built on our people, since we believe that is what differentiates us from any other financial institution. It was important to us that the people behind the success of Scotia’s operations in each country continued to be the main drivers of the success of our new operations in those countries. I am very pleased to welcome each of them to the Republic family and I look forward to their growth and ours, in the years and decades to come.”

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GTA highlights Statistical Performance for 2019.

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Grenada Tourism Authority press conference highlighting its Statistical Performance for 2019.

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Man charged with arson | NOW Grenada

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One man has been arrested and charged in connection with two of the recent fires in St George’s.

Andy St John, 57 years, of no fixed place of abode, has been charged with six counts of Arson; five of the charges are associated with the inferno at Grenville Street and the other at Church Street.

St John is due to appear at the St George’s Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 28 January 2020.

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Post-Cabinet Briefing on 28 Jan. 2020

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Post-Cabinet briefing facilitated by Minister for Health, Social Security and International Business, Hon. Nickolas Steele; and Head of the Physical Planning Unit Mr. Carlton Frederick

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