At a Glance
• 3 months to migrate major acquisitions to Temenos core banking
• 45 days to launch branch operations in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from scratch
• 50% efficiency gains in the back-office support highly cost-effective growth
• 49% rise in profits in 2022, a new record for Capital Bank
Established in 1995, the Capital Bank of Jordan (Capital Bank) specializes in commercial and investment banking services for retail and corporate clients. Capital Bank has developed into one of the top financial institutions in Jordan, and has built a strong regional presence through expansion into markets including Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Izzidin Abusalameh, Group Chief Operating Officer at Capital Bank, says: “The last three years have been remarkable for our business. We’ve grown into the number three bank in Jordan. We also currently rank among the 50 largest banks in the Middle East.”
How has Capital Bank made such an impressive rise? With a strategy aimed at driving rapid expansion across local and regional markets, fueled and sustained by the bank’s longstanding partnership with Temenos.
Bringing on big acquisitions
Capital Bank has counted on Temenos core banking technology for more than a decade. As the bank ramped up its growth plans, it knew that its core banking model also needed to evolve.
Izzidin Abusalameh explains: “In 2020, we began negotiations to acquire Bank Audi’s operations in Jordan and Iraq. They were a bank of similar size to us, so it was a serious undertaking, effectively doubling our operations. We wanted to bring them onto our Temenos core banking system and, to prepare for the integration, we decided to upgrade to the latest release of Temenos core banking at the time.”
Completed in two phases, the upgrade primed Capital Bank to take advantage of a more modern system architecture and all-new functionality. It paved the way for a swift, smooth integration of the Bank Audi business; in all, it took between three to four months to complete the core banking migration.
Capital Bank’s expansion strategy took another leap forward in late 2022, when the company completed its acquisition of Société Générale Bank Jordan. Once more, Capital Bank was able to migrate the new business’ core banking operations to Temenos in a span of just three months. This allowed the bank to minimize disruption to both employees and customers, while unlocking the benefits of a larger operational footprint sooner.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved with the acquisition of these two banks. It’s no small thing to integrate an entire business into your own in just a few months, but we were able to do it thanks to Temenos and the commitment of our project team. Having a strong core banking system, and people who are willing to go the extra mile, were instrumental to our success.”Izzidin Abusalameh, Group Chief Operating Officer at Capital Bank
Connecting on a common core banking platform
With these latest acquisitions under its belt, Capital Bank turned its attention to a more established part of its business: the National Bank of Iraq. Acquired in 2005, the National Bank of Iraq deal has allowed Capital Bank to make inroads into an important regional market.
The bank had been running on a legacy core banking system ever since its acquisition—but not for much longer. In 2022, Capital Bank decided to finally bring the National Bank of Iraq onto Temenos, a move that will see its end-to-end operations united on Temenos core banking for the first time.
Izzidin Abusalameh comments: “We expect to have the National Bank of Iraq up and running on Temenos core banking by September 2023. If all goes according to plan, it will take less than a year to move them from a very old legacy core banking system to Temenos. So far, we’ve hit 100% of our migration targets, and we are very excited to have the whole business running on Temenos.”
The partnership with Temenos has supported Capital Bank establish additional presence in Saudi Arabia. Two years ago, National Bank of Iraq received a banking license to launch a new branch in Riyadh, the country’s capital city. To get operations at the site up and running and start accepting customer transactions, the bank implemented a new instance of Temenos core banking, going live in just 45 days.
Supporting stellar operations
With Temenos core banking, Capital Bank has a trusted and powerful platform for supporting its full range of banking products and services across retail, corporate, asset management, and more. When the bank wishes to enhance existing services or introduce all-new products, it uses Temenos to simplify and accelerate the process.
“Temenos core banking makes life easy for us,” confirms Izzidin Abusalameh. “It’s at the center of the universe for us, providing all the capabilities we need to support our banking operations. When we are building a new product or implementing a new bank business model, we put as much on the core as possible, because we know that Temenos is capable of supporting it.” Meanwhile, in Temenos, Capital Bank has found a partner it can count on to keep expanding and improving this core banking universe.
“Our partnership with Temenos is immensely valuable to us. Every year, Temenos releases new features and enhancements. They keep up with the latest technology developments and constantly bring something new to their customers.”Izzidin Abusalameh, Group Chief Operating Officer at Capital Bank
Free to grow
Backed by Temenos, Capital Bank has been able to grow without limits, adding new products, and winning more customers all while controlling cost and complexity. As operations have expanded, the bank has simultaneously lifted back-office efficiency by at least 50 percent.
The efficiency gains translate into a better experience for Capital Bank’s rapidly growing customer base. They can count on transactions to be processed quickly and accurately, and for service requests to be handled promptly. It’s allowed the bank to maintain high customer retention levels—crucial to the long-term success of its acquisitions—and to cultivate a reputation for service excellence that’s helping it win even more new business.
“With Temenos core banking in place, along with the improvements we continue to make to processes and workflows, we have been able to bring much more efficiency to our back-office operations as we have grown. Compared to three years ago, our operational efficiency is at least 50 percent higher.”Izzidin Abusalameh, Group Chief Operating Officer at Capital Bank
Fit for the future
Capital Bank’s hard work over the past three years has led to impressive financial results, including record profits of around USD128 million in 2022 – a 49% increase over the previous year. The bank considers Temenos to be an important contributor to this success, and an integral part of its plans for the future.
Izzidin Abusalameh continues: “We have big plans for the coming years and wherever that journey takes us, we know that Temenos will be accompanying us. Through all our growth and change, Temenos core banking has been the one constant.”