Three Bahraini Islamic banks to merge by 2012-end

The central bank of Bahrain has given its confirmation to the merge of Capivest, Elaf Bank and Capital Management House (CMH). The three Islamic lenders will merge into a $400m asset base and $350m shareholder equity entity will get underway before the end of 2012. Ratification of the decision of the three banks by the apex lender and the industry and commerce ministry is expected in June.

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