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TMB plans to list by 2019

Bank's shares were privately traded at around Rs 400 and this price could double before the IPO

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

TMB plans to list by 2019

(TMB) is planning an initial public offering  (IPO) before 2019. "Shareholders’ issues are being resolved. Two courts have ruled on share issues related to two factions that should resolve the matter once and for all,” said S Annamalai, chairman, TMB. If all went well, the IPO was likely before 2019, he added. 

The 96-year-old bank will list to meet Reserve Bank of India regulations. The IPO will provide an exit to some investors, mainly foreign institutional investors. 

TMB executives said the bank’s shares were privately traded at around Rs 400 and this price could double before the IPO.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have indicated they might dilute 5-10 per cent of their holdings, Annamalai said. hold around 20 per cent in TMB. The FII stakes are mainly held by Ramesh Vangal of Katra Holding. Disputes have erupted over transfer of shares by Katra Holding and RST Ltd to Subcontinental Equities. According to reports, Subcontinental Equities is a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank.

Annamalai said TMB had enough reserves to grow at 15 per cent till 2019. If the bank needed fresh capital it might go in for a rights issue, he said.

The bank’s total business in 2016-17 was Rs 54,162 crore. TMB reported a 21 per cent drop in net profit in 2016-17 at Rs 418.94 crore.

TMB is focussing on the retail business and has restricted big-ticket consortium lending. The infrastructure sector is the largest contributor to TMB’s non-performing assets,  which have climbed to 1.74 per cent from 0.89 per cent a year ago. TMB has a target of Rs 60,000 crore advances in 2017-18. “We will be a retail bank, and the focus will be retail, MSMEs, housing, gold loans and education,” said Annamalai.