Dates for the
Battle of the Banks

29 May - 12 October 2017

Battle of the Banks 

Top 10 after phase 1

RankBank NameShare PriceRisk ManagementMission & ObjectivesTOTALActual BankCountry
1Plural38.1834.5014.0086.68Guaranty Trust BankNigeria
2AMAD38.3535.5012.0085.85Rand Merchant BankSouth Africa
3Loan Rangers35.0834.5016.0085.58FNB/ RMB NamibiaNamibia
4Pan African 40.0034.0010.5084.50Family BankKenya
5Amethyst35.6434.0010.0079.64Guaranty Trust BankNigeria
6Ubuntu36.9531.5010.0078.45First Rand BankSouth Africa
8LDJV 33.1530.0012.0075.15FNB BusinessSouth Africa
9Maconi35.0432.008.0075.04Guaranty Trust BankNigeria
10Tora Mari 35.0629.508.5073.06BarclaysZimbabwe


Comments on the performance of the Top Two Teams after phase 1, 2017

Competition during this year’s Battle of the Banks was tight as the teams realised that with only four quarters to perform, the margin for error was thin.

It was important for banks to comply with the prudential regulations as stated by the Central Bank at  all times. They also had to specify their own internal limits within which to manage Capital, Liquidity, Interest Rate Risk and Credit Risk.

The top two performing teams, Guaranty Trust Bank (Nigeria) and Rand Merchant Bank (South Africa) had a clear focus on all these key areas and outperformed the competition through the following:

  • Having a clear mission statement outlining what they wanted to achieve within a given timeframe
  • Delivering satisfactory returns to shareholders with an average ROE in excess of 20%,
  • Managing Capital and Liquidity well with compliance at all times
  • Focusing on Customer Satisfaction and service delivery of high quality
  • Paying attention to delivery channels (branch network as well as digital as well as marketing)  

Compete against young banking professionals from across Africa in running your own bank!

ICAP Training Solutions, in association with Thomson Reuters, brings you Battle of the Banks, an action based learning tool in the form of a Bank Risk Management Simulation Contest, based on real life conditions.

Formerly known as the Online Bank Management Competition (OBMC), Battle of the Banks is an annual international competition that provides you and your colleagues a chance to develop practical skills and gain a holistic view of the business of banking in Africa.

The competition is held online via webinar and with the globally recognised Bank Management Simulation, FirstB@nk 3. Your team will be managing a virtual bank for four financial quarters in challenging economic conditions, competing against other teams from Banks across the continent.

Dates to remember:

Deadline for entries: April 28
Competition starts: May 29
Competition ends: October  12
Finals: October 10 and 12

Reasons to participate:

  • Advance your knowledge of banking through this accelerated simulated experience
  • Learn how to manage a full-service bank in a competitive environment
  • Work with colleagues from diverse departments within your own bank
  • Develop connections with an international network of banking professionals

Book now and get the first mover advantage!

Enter before March 31 and get 20% off the first team you submit, 22,5% off the second team and 25% off the third.

You also get a discount for entering more than one team. Get 10% off your second team’s entry fee, and 15% off any additional teams you enter.

Will your team be this year’s winner?

The winning team will be awarded certification and a trophy, and will enjoy the recognition of their peers across the continent.

To find out if you are eligible to participate in the competition, click here.

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