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UK's CDC Group to cut shareholding in Dfcu bank

Dfcu bank's second biggest shareholder, CDC Group it to review of its shareholding in the bank. 

CDC Group, a UK-based development finance institution, in a June 14 letter to Dfcu bank Limited top management, Irina Grigorenko, the investment director Financial Institutions said CDC Group Plc was undertaking a review of its investment in Dfcu Limited which may lead to the disposal of some or all of its shares in Dfcu over the short to medium term.


According to sources, the firm, has over the years reduced its shareholding to about 10 per cent from 60 per cent.

“After a period of over 50 years as a shareholder, it is our aspiration to exit in a manner that causes minimum disruption to the business and ensures that the orderly trading of Dfcu’s shares,” reads the letter adding that, “that CDC’s objective is to identify like-minded investors who could support Dfcu in its new phase of growth.”

In its letter, CDC expressed hope that Dfcu would continue to “succeed with the support of Arise B.V., its major shareholder.” CDC’s investment in Dfcu, according to the institution’s official website, is $15.1m (equity) and $10m (subordinated loan).

About nine institutional investors own Dfcu, with Arise BV holding the largest shareholding at 59 per cent. CDC is in second position, followed by National Social Security Fund (NSSF). Recently, Arise BV executive director Deepak Malik resigned from the Dfcu bank’s board of directors. 


After the Crane bank takeover in 2017, Dfcu's annual net profit jump by more than 136% to Shs 127 billion while assets leaped up by 100% in 2017 - putting it right on the list of the most profitable banks in the country.

Dfcu's after tax profit in 2016 was just Shs 46 billion before the Crane bank takeover. It was the first time Dfcu had crossed the Shs 100 billion threshold, becoming the fourth bank to do so in the country.

Dfcu acquired Crane bank at about Shs 200 billion, but the bank's management insist Crane bank was valued above Shs 1.3 trillion. Dfcu is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and is still battling a court case with Crane bank shareholders over the takeover.