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Cabinet nod for merger of Bharatiya Mahila Bank with SBI likely in 3 months

LiveMint logoLiveMint 19-03-2017 PTI

New Delhi: The government is expected to give final approval to the merger of Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with the country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) within three months.

The cabinet last month approved amalgamation of five associates of SBI with the parent but the merger of Bharatiya Mahila Bank was not considered due to some issues, officials said. “Now it a is matter of time. The final approval from the cabinet should come within three months,” an official said.

The union cabinet has already given in-principle approval to the merger of Bharatiya Mahila Bank with State Bank of India.

With the final approval, the first round of consolidation of public sector banks would be over. According to officials, the next round of consolidation in the PSU banks would begin after these six lenders are integrated with SBI.

BMB, set up in 2013, has 103 branches with its presence in almost all the states. The total business of the bank is about Rs1,600 crore with Rs1,000 crore of deposits and Rs600 crore of advances, majority of which is retail business, according to the bank’s website.

Integration process of all the five associates with SBI would start from 1 April as part of the largest consolidation exercise in the banking history of India. The assets of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Travancore (SBT), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) will be transfered to SBI from 1 April, 2017.

With the merger of all the five associates, SBI is expected to become a lender of global proportions with an asset base of Rs37 trillion (Rs37 lakh crore) or over $555 billion, 22,500 branches and 58,000 ATMs. It will have over 50 crore customers. Of the five subsidiary banks, SBBJ, SBM and SBT are listed.

The board of SBI earlier approved the merger plan under which SBBJ shareholders will get 28 shares of SBI (Re1 each) for every 10 shares (Rs10 each) held. Similarly, SBM and SBT shareholders will get 22 shares of SBI for every 10 shares. The shares of the listed associates will be delisted from stock exchanges following the merger.

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