CEO: Scale remains a priority for CIMB Islamic

CIMB Islamic said it will pursue a larger balance sheet to help win more business, regardless of whether a proposed merger with two smaller peers happens. In July, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd secured regulatory approval to begin merger talks. The enlarged entity aims to compete against conventional banks that dominate larger and more lucrative deals in Islamic finance and could prompt further consolidation in the domestic market. The lenders have until Oct 8 to finalise the pricing, structure and other terms of the merger. Earlier this week, Maybank dismissed rumours that it was considering a merger with Bank Islam, the country’s largest, full-fledged Islamic bank.