BNY Mellon Appointed as Depositary by Standard Bank Group

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, has been appointed by Standard Bank Group as depositary for its sponsored American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program. Previously, Standard Bank Group traded in the U.S. OTC market as an unsponsored DR program. Each Standard Bank Group ADR represents one ordinary share and trades under the symbol "SGBLY." Standard Bank's ordinary shares trade on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) under the symbol "SBK."

Founded in 1862 and headquartered in Johannesburg, Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets and earnings. Standard Bank offers a range of banking and related financial services in 18 countries on the African continent as well as in other select emerging markets. The company has 1,222 branches, including loan centers, and 7,945 ATMs across Africa. Standard Bank employs more than 52,000 people across all geographies and has a market capitalization of about $20 billion.

"We are delighted to partner with BNY Mellon in establishing a sponsored ADR program and to be traded on the U.S. OTC market," said Simon Ridley, CFO of Standard Bank Group. "There is great scope for the expansion of banking services in sub-Saharan Africa, and this ADR program is an exciting new source of potential investors to drive our growth strategy."

Currently, 36 of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange 'Top 40' constituents, by market cap, have a DR program. BNY Mellon is depositary for 30 of those. Standard Bank Group is the fifth new South African sponsored DR program established by BNY Mellon since June.

"By establishing its new sponsored DR program, Standard Bank Group has confirmed the importance of DRs for South African issuers in developing their global investor relations strategies," said Michael Cole-Fontayn, CEO of BNY Mellon's Depositary Receipts business. "We will continue to help South Africa's top companies develop their global investor base through the use of DRs."

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