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Edelweiss to invest Rs 700-800 crore in retail finance business

Edelweiss expects to have a lending business of Rs 4,000-5,000 crore each year in the retail segment

Abhijit Lele 

Edelweiss to invest Rs 700-800 crore in retail finance business

Financial Services will invest Rs 700-800 crore per year as capital in its retail lending business to grow its SME, mortgage, and agriculture loan book. It is expected to use the proceeds from its recent (QIP) for investing into this business.

expects to have a lending business of Rs 4,000-5,000 crore each year in the retail segment, comprising housing, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and agriculture, according to its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rashesh Shah.

It has also raised about Rs 1,527 crore through of equity shares. It fixed the price of each share at Rs 280, against the floor price of Rs 285.14. It will issue 54.56 million shares to institutional shareholders. 

The company will to use the proceeds for augmenting long-term resources, fund growth and expansion, maintaining capital adequacy, and consolidation of its subsidiaries, according to the document.

Shah, at the time of announcing the second quarter results in September, had said the company had board-approved plans to raise capital up to Rs 2,000 crore from investors through routes such as rights issue, QIP, and preferential issue.

Anil Kothuri, head, retail and SME, Group, said the retail segment comprises four lines — mortgages, SME, agriculture, and loans against shares. While mortgages and remain the mainstay, agriculture lending was in the incubation stage.

Retail credit remains a key focus area with the book growing at 40 per cent over the past year. The company is allocating more capital to this business.

At the end of Q2FY18, the book size of retail credit grew by 40 per cent to Rs 11,783 crore, as against Rs 8,430 crore at the end of Q2FY17. The corporate credit book expanded by 19 per cent to Rs 15,398 crore from Rs 12,919 crore at the end of Q2FY17. The total credit book, including distressed credit, stands at Rs 32,540 crore at the end of Q2FY18.

Referring to scaling up presence across country, Kothuri said the branches in network are expected to grow to 150 by march 2018 from present level of 80. The finance company has adopted hub-spoke spoke model with each hub having to 5-6 spokes.  

Edelweiss’ total assets stood at Rs 1.9 lakh crore with those on balance amounting to Rs 47,800 crore and assets under management and advice of Rs 1.43 lakh crore at end of September 2017.

First Published: Tue, November 21 2017. 01:49 IST
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