Friday, December 24, 2021

UnionBank acquires Citigroup’s consumer banking business in the Philippines

UnionBank of the Philippines announced today that it has entered into a  Share and Business Transfer Agreement with various subsidiaries of Citigroup Inc. (Citi) to acquire Citi’s consumer banking business in the Philippines. 

The transaction includes Citi’s credit card, personal loans, wealth management, and retail deposit businesses. The acquisition also includes Citi’s real estate interests in relation to Citibank Square in  Eastwood, 3 full-service bank branches, 5 wealth centers, and 2 bank branch lites. 

Erramon Isidro M. Aboitiz, Chairman of UnionBank, said, “This acquisition further cements our position  as a leading bank in the Philippines, as well as fast-tracks our growth aspirations in the retail banking  segment.” 

Edwin R. Bautista, President and Chief Executive Officer of UnionBank, highlighted that “Citibank  Philippines has a great, profitable and well-run retail portfolio. It has the 3rd largest credit card franchise and is a pre-eminent wealth management provider in the Philippines. We look forward to this game-changing opportunity to leapfrog our credit card business and significantly expand our banking business  in the higher-end segment of the consumer market.” 

Mr. Bautista added, “There are clear synergistic opportunities in this engagement. We intend to learn from Citi’s expertise to enable UnionBank to effectively build on its success and take the business to the next level. As we embark on this journey, we are committed to retaining all of Citi’s key talents and upholding the superior customer experience that Citi has delivered to its customers over the years.” 

Approximately 1,750 Citi employees, including senior management, are expected to join UnionBank. Mr.  Aboitiz added, “We are looking forward to welcoming all employees to the UnionBank family. With the  strong cultural similarities between the organizations, we believe Citi’s employees will feel at home at  UnionBank.” 

UnionBank is the 7th largest publicly-listed bank in the Philippines and is widely recognized to be the leading digitally transformed and most innovative bank in the industry. 


  1. A leading and soaring high into partnership and Business Transfer agreement! An innovative bank in the industry

  2. This is for the convineince of the customers.
    One of the trusted bank in the country

  3. This is a good acquisition. Both are leading companies.

  4. Thats Good Bank And Really Interesting!šŸ„°


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