UK to keep industry competitive, cut surcharge on bank profits to 3%

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt plans to cut a surcharge on UK bank profits, effectively shielding them from the bulk of an increase in the country’s corporate tax rate as the government tries to preserve the competitiveness of Britain’s finance industry. What to expect in UK Chancellor’s plan to fix fiscal hole UK banks … Read more

Banks say NPAs may rise in MSME sector in next 6 months

The pressure on asset quality of loans to micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is set to increase, leading to a rise in non-performing assets (NPAs) in this segment in the next six months, according to a survey by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and the Indian Banks’ Association. Some of … Read more

AU Small Finance Bank raises ₹2,000cr via QIP issue

According to a regulatory filing, AU Small Finance Bank has raised about ₹2,000 crore from qualified institutional investors, falling short of its goal of up to ₹2,500 crore. Among those that participated in the qualified institutional placement (QIP) were DSP, the Singaporean government, Goldman Sachs, and ICICI Prudential Life. The bank reported that on Tuesday, … Read more

Did Axis overpay in Citi deal? Analysts think so

With Citibank’s credit card spends share falling to 3.9% in June from 4.8% a year ago, analysts said may have overpaid for the Citi retail assets deal. During the same period, Axis Bank’s market share has increased to 9.3% from 8.3%, according to Reserve Bank of India data. “We remain concerned about the steady decline … Read more

Macquarie seeks funds to set up EV leasing co

Macquarie Group, one of the largest foreign infrastructure investors in India, is in talks with commercial investors to raise $205 million to set up an electric vehicle (EV) leasing and finance company, said two people aware of the development. The India-focused e-mobility financing platform will be managed by Macquarie Asset Management, which has assets of … Read more

Govt declares ICICI, HDFC, NPCI’s IT resources as critical information infra

The government has declared the IT resources of ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and UPI managing entity NPCI as ‘critical information infrastructure’, implying any harm to them can have an impact on national security and any unauthorised person accessing these resources may be jailed for up to 10 years, according to an official notification. The Ministry … Read more

DHFL-Yes Bank case: CBI searches premises of prominent realtors in Mumbai, Pune

The CBI on Saturday began searches at the premises of some prominent builders, including Ashwini Bhonsale, Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka, at eight locations in Mumbai and Pune in connection with the DHFL-Yes Bank corruption case, officials said. The CBI suspects that their companies were used to channel alleged illicit money in the Yes Bank-DHFL … Read more

Bandhan wins the bid to acquire IDFC’s mutual fund business

The bid has been won by the consortium led by Bandhan Financial Holdings Limited (BFHL) and includes GIC and ChrysCapital. Key factual points on the acquisition –  BFHL is the non-operative financial holding company of the Bandhan group. It is the promoter of Bandhan bank and currently owns ~40% stake in the Bank. IDFC mutual … Read more