SBI says will gain $120 billion in assets from takeover of units
State Bank of India (SBI), the nation's biggest lender by assets, will gain $120 billion (nearly Rs 7.98 lakh crore) in assets following its merger with associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB), the lender said in a statement on Saturday.
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 (BMB), a bank for women set up in 2013.
Policymakers want to recapitalise and consolidate India's state-run banks so that they can extend fresh credit and help drive an investment-led recovery in Asia's third-largest economy that is currently getting a boost from state and private consumption.
India's 27 public sector banks account for 70% of its banking sector assets, as well as the lion's share of the country's $120 billion (nearly Rs 7.98 lakh crore) in troubled loans.
SBI said the merger would expand its assets by 36% to about $447 billion (nearly Rs 29.73 lakh crore).