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Sri Lanka’s Mercantile Leasing Ltd has formally merged with Nations Trust Bank to become ‘Nations Leasing’, a joint communiqué said Tuesday. Sri Lanka’s Mercantile Leasing Ltd has formally merged with Nations Trust Bank to become ‘Nations Leasing’, a joint communiqué said Tuesday. Prior to the merger, conglomerate John Keells Holdings (JKH) controlled 25 percent in Nations Trust Bank (NTB) and a 75.36 percent stake in Mercantile Leasing (MLL).

NTB – which is largely controlled by JKH and Central Finance – pushed for the merger to strengthen its leasing business and beef up its capital base.

In the post merger scenario, NTB’s two key shareholders would retain their status quo, with JKH controlling 29.9 percent and Central Finance 20.0 percent.

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