Capitec acquires Mercantile Bank


The Minister of Finance and other Regulatory Authorities has formally approved Capitec’s purchase and acquisition of Mercantile Bank Holdings Limited and its Subsidiaries (“Mercantile”)

According to a release from Capitec Bank, the purchase of Mercantile gives them an opportunity to offer a business banking solution, which is based on the same fundamentals that made Capitec successful in the retail banking sector, to any small business needing a no frills digitally lead banking solution. The acquisition of Mercantile will fast track the bank’s objective to expand its focus to a broader bank strategy.

Mercantile’s core business offer is banking for established small to medium sized enterprises and entrepreneurs. It is therefore well positioned to align with Capitec Bank’s business banking strategy. It was offered for sale by its shareholder, Caixa, a Portuguese bank, because it is divesting from non-core operations outside of Portugal as part of its recapitalisation plan.

Next Steps

For now, the two banks will be run independently with retail clients served in Capitec branches and Business Banking clients referred to Mercantile.

The plan is to grow Mercantile Bank into Capitec’s Business Bank. Capitec believes this will create exciting opportunities for both Mercantile and Capitec employees.