SBI set to gain $120bn in assets from takeovers

 21 Aug 2016 - 0:00

Mumbai: State Bank of India (SBI), India’s biggest lender by assets, will gain $120bn in assets following its merger with associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank, the lender said in a statement yesterday.
In a first move to consolidate India’s struggling public sector banks, SBI’s board on Thursday approved share swap ratio for the proposed takeover of five units that had been run at arms-length, as well as state-run Bharatiya Mahila Bank, a bank for women set up in 2013. Policymakers want to recapitalise and consolidate state-run banks so that they can extend fresh credit and help drive an investment-led recovery in Asia’s third-largest economy.
India’s 27 public sector banks account for 70 percent of its banking sector assets, as well as the lion’s share of the country’s $120bn in troubled loans.
SBI said the merger would expand its assets by 36 percent to about $447bn.

Mumbai: State Bank of India (SBI), India’s biggest lender by assets, will gain $120bn in assets following its merger with associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank, the lender said in a statement yesterday.
In a first move to consolidate India’s struggling public sector banks, SBI’s board on Thursday approved share swap ratio for the proposed takeover of five units that had been run at arms-length, as well as state-run Bharatiya Mahila Bank, a bank for women set up in 2013. Policymakers want to recapitalise and consolidate state-run banks so that they can extend fresh credit and help drive an investment-led recovery in Asia’s third-largest economy.
India’s 27 public sector banks account for 70 percent of its banking sector assets, as well as the lion’s share of the country’s $120bn in troubled loans.
SBI said the merger would expand its assets by 36 percent to about $447bn.