Featured Product

    BOG Issues Notice on Dividend Distribution by Banks

    April 09, 2021

    The Bank of Ghana, or BOG, issued a notice (BG/GOV/SEC/2020/03) directed to all banks and specialized deposit-taking institutions to desist them from declaring or paying dividends or distributing reserves to shareholders. As per the direction in the notice, banks and specialized deposit-taking institutions shall have to seek prior written approval from BOG before declaring or paying dividends or distributing reserves to shareholders and before making any irrevocable commitments regarding the declaration or payment of dividends to shareholders.

    The criteria to be satisfied for declaration or payment of dividends are: 

    • Compliance with Sections 34 and 35 and all other relevant provisions of the Banks and Specialized Deposit-Taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930)
    • Compliance with the Capital Adequacy Ratio of 13%, Cash Reserve Ratio of 10%, and Non-Performing Loans (NPL) ratio of below industry average at all times
    • Compliance with Section 72 as well as all other relevant provisions on dividend payments, as prescribed under the Companies Act, 2019 (Act 992)
    • Submission of Audited Financial Statements to BOG
    • No existing operational restrictions from BOG by way of Prompt Corrective Actions as per Act 930
    • Stress test results showing the ability of bank to maintain sufficient capital buffers after dividend payment

     

    Related Link: Notice

     

    Keywords: Middle East and Africa, Ghana, Banking, Dividend Distribution, Stress Testing, Regulatory Capital, BOG

    Featured Experts
    Related Articles
    News

    US Agencies Issue Several Regulatory and Reporting Updates

    The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FED) adopted the final rule on Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act.

    January 04, 2023 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ECB Issues Multiple Reports and Regulatory Updates for Banks

    The European Central Bank (ECB) published an updated list of supervised entities, a report on the supervision of less significant institutions (LSIs), a statement on macro-prudential policy.

    January 01, 2023 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    HKMA Keeps List of D-SIBs Unchanged, Makes Other Announcements

    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) published a circular on the prudential treatment of crypto-asset exposures, an update on the status of transition to new interest rate benchmarks.

    December 30, 2022 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EU Issues FAQs on Taxonomy Regulation, Rules Under CRD, FICOD and SFDR

    The European Commission (EC) adopted the standards addressing supervisory reporting of risk concentrations and intra-group transactions, benchmarking of internal approaches, and authorization of credit institutions.

    December 29, 2022 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    CBIRC Revises Measures on Corporate Governance Supervision

    The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) issued rules to manage the risk of off-balance sheet business of commercial banks and rules on corporate governance of financial institutions.

    December 29, 2022 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    HKMA Publications Address Sustainability Issues in Financial Sector

    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) made announcements to address sustainability issues in the financial sector.

    December 23, 2022 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Updates Address Basel and NPL Requirements for Banks

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published regulatory standards on identification of a group of connected clients (GCC) as well as updated the lists of identified financial conglomerates.

    December 22, 2022 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ESMA Publishes 2022 ESEF XBRL Taxonomy and Conformance Suite

    The General Board of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), at its December meeting, issued an updated risk assessment via the quarterly risk dashboard and held discussions on key policy priorities to address the systemic risks in the European Union.

    December 22, 2022 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    FCA Sets up ESG Committee, Imposes Penalties, and Issues Other Updates

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is seeking comments, until December 21, 2022, on the draft guidance for firms to support existing mortgage borrowers.

    December 20, 2022 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    FSB Reports Assess NBFI Sector and Progress on LIBOR Transition

    The Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report that assesses progress on the transition from the Interbank Offered Rates, or IBORs, to overnight risk-free rates as well as a report that assesses global trends in the non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI) sector.

    December 20, 2022 WebPage Regulatory News
    RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 8697