RBI turns down Kotak Bank's stake dilution plan

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has turned down the preference share issue by Kotak Mahindra Bank. The bank informed stock exchanges on Tuesday that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has communicated to it that its non-convertible perpetual non-cumulative preference shares (PNCPS) issue does not meet the central bank’s promoter holding dilution requirement.

“We continue to believe that we have met the requirement and will engage with the RBI in this behalf,” said the bank’s filing.

On August 2, the bank had issued one billion non-convertible perpetual non-cumulative preference shares (PNCPS) of face value of Rs 5 each to investors, amounting to Rs five billion.

The PNCPS was issued to diversify funding sources to optimise a mix of liabilities by channelising funds from alternative sources, at different price points and for varying tenures, the bank had said in an exchange filing on August 2. It would also help meet RBI’s requirement on shareholding.

The bank had said that the shareholding of the promoters of the bank, led by MD & CEO Uday Kotak, had come down from 30.03 per cent to 19.7 per cent after the issue.

According to Kotak Mahindra Bank’s information memorandum filed with stock exchanges, the RBI expects the private lender to reduce promoter holding to 20 per cent of paid-up capital by December 31, 2018, and 15 per cent by March 31, 2020.

The preference share issue boosted the bank’s paid-up capital to Rs 14.53 billion from Rs 9.53 billion. This brought down the promoter’s stake to 19.7 percent from 30.03 percent earlier, in line with the 20 per cent mark the bank is required to achieve by the end of this calendar year.

The PNCPS investors own 34.41 per cent stake in the post-issue paid-up capital. The public shareholding after the issue reduced from 69.97 per cent to 45.89 per cent.

The proceeds from the issue will help in augmenting additional tier 1 capital and overall capital for further strengthening its capital adequacy and for enhancing its long term resources. The funds will be utilised for regular business activities.

The PNCPS 2018 issue had opened on August 1 and closed on August 2. After the issue, the bank’s paid-up capital increased from Rs 9.53 billion to Rs 14.53 billion.

In the first quarter of FY19, Kotak Mahindra Bank reported a 17 per cent rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 15.74 billion on account of higher interest income and fee income.

The bank’s stock closed 0.31 per cent higher at Rs 1291.6 per share on the BSE on Tuesday.
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