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IndusInd Bank enters exclusive talks to buy microlender Bharat Financial

A Credit Suisse note said Bharat Financial was one of the best-capitalised microfinance players

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

IndusInd Bank

Ltd has entered into exclusive talks to acquire microlender Inclusion Ltd, in a deal that will help the private sector bank to expand its consumer business.

IndusInd and have entered into exclusive talks for a potential strategic combination, both sides said in separate statements on Monday, without providing details on what a potential deal would look like or how long they would pursue the talks.

The two financial firms had long been speculated to be interested in a deal, with analysts saying previously it could come in the form of a share swap.

is India's sixth-largest private sector lender by assets and has a market value of about $16 billion, while Inclusion, formerly known as SKS Microfinance Ltd, is valued at more than $2 billion.

"Of late (IndusInd Bank) has been talking about increasing the proportion of their consumer business. This deal would help it achieve that," said Nitin Aggarwal, an analyst with brokerage Antique Stockbroking.

Credit Suisse said in a note last week was one of the best-capitalised microfinance players in the market, one that was gaining market share.

shares were up 0.9 per cent at 0510 GMT, while Inclusion gained 2.6 per cent in a Mumbai market that was trading 0.5 per cent higher.

First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 12:37 IST