Government May Sell IDBI Bank Stake To Life Insurance Corporation

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Government may sell IDBI Bank stake to Life Insurance Corporation

The government is considering selling over 40 percent of its stake in IDBI Bank to state-run Life Insurance Corporation (LIC). Some sources have told NDTV.

The government, which is the largest shareholder in IDBI Bank with 81 percent stake, is likely to make around Rs. 10,000-11,000 crore by selling up to 43 percent, the sources say.

Insurance major LIC is the biggest public shareholder in IDBI Bank, with a stake of 10.82 percent as of March.

The government has been trying for some time to sell IDBI, which has the highest bad-loan ratio among state-run lenders in India. India Ratings & Research Pvt., the local unit of Fitch, downgraded IDBI Bank this month. The government may sell IDBI Bank stake to Life Insurance Corporation.

Earlier this week, State Bank of India (SBI) managing director B Sriram was appointed IDBI Bank’s interim CEO and managing director for three months. Mahesh Kumar Jain, who was brought in as the bank’s CEO and managing director last year to tackle its bad loan crisis, has been appointed deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India for a term of three years.

According to the bank’s latest report, its bad loans stand at Rs. 55,588 crores, up from Rs. 44,753 crore on March 31, 2017. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing an Rs. 600-crore loan fraud case involving IDBI Bank.

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