Bank of Maharashtra is a public sector bank in Maharashtra, which offers personal banking, cash management, retail loans and other financial services. Their services include deposits, savings/current bank account, vehicle loans, personal loans, retail trade finance, global banking, lending to priority sector and small scale sector, foreign exchange and export finance, corporate loans and equipment loans.
The Bank has one subsidiary, namely The Maharashtra Executor & Trustee Company Pvt Ltd, which undertakes management of public/ private trusts and administration/ execution of Will. They also sponsored three Regional Rural Banks, namely Aurangabad Jalna Gramin Bank, Thane Gramin Bank and Marathwada Gramin Bank with head office at Aurangabad, Thane and Nanded respectively.
Bank of Maharashtra was incorporated on September 16, 1935 and started their business on February 8, 1936. In April 10, 1946, The Maharashtra Executor & Trustee Company Pvt Ltd was incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank. In July 1969, Bank of Maharashtra was nationalized along with 13 other banks. After nationalization, the Bank expanded rapidly.
In the year 1998, the Bank attainted the autonomous status, which helped the Bank in providing more and more services with simplified procedures without intervention of Government. In the year 2000, they incorporated Magic eMoney Ltd (MeM) a joint venture of Bank of Maharashtra, Dena Bank, NextStep Infotech P. Ltd. (NSIPL) and Magic Software Enterprises (MSE) Israel continued to undertake departmental projects.
During the year 2003-04, the Bank came with their initial public offer of 10 crore shares of Rs 10/- each at a premium of Rs 13/- amounting to Rs 230 crore. The issue received overwhelming response and was over subscribed by more than 11 times. Also, they opened 34 new branches and upgraded 10 extension counters into full fledged branches during the year.
During the year 2004-05, the Bank opened 14 new branches, 2 extension counters and up-graded 1 extension counter into a full-fledged branch. Also, they opened Holiday Home at Shirdi in addition to 5 existing Holiday Homes at different places. The Bank acquired a stake of 9% in Global Trade Finance Pvt Ltd, a non banking finance company promoted by the EXIM Bank.
In January 2006, the Bank signed a MoU with Life Insurance Corporation of India, for distribution of their insurance products. Also, they launched a scheme of money transfer service for Non Resident Indians and other foreign account customers, using the Western Union Money Transfer Services provided by Western Union Financial Services Inc. For this regard, the Bank has entered into agreement with Weizmann Forex Ltd, the primary agent of Western Union Financial Services Inc. During the year 2006-07, the Bank opened 29 new branches and upgraded 16 extension counters into full fledged branches. They expanded the ATM Network from 145 ATMs to 302 ATMs during the year and entered into collaboration with VISA for issuance of Debit cards. The Bank commissioned their own Data Center at Pune and Disaster Recovery (DR) site at Hyderabad. Also, they established six IT Labs at Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Lucknow in order to take care of the massive training requirement for the CBS project.
The Bank launched new schemes like Mahalaxmi Term Deposit Scheme (3 years term deposit scheme), Mahadeep Scheme (Financing of Solar Water Heating System), Insta Remit Scheme (RTGS scheme for instant fund transfer), etc during the year. In May 2006, they entered into tie up with United Insurance Company Ltd for distribution of their non-life insurance products.
During the year 2007-08, the Bank also launched two group insurance schemes, namely Maha Suraksha Deposit Scheme for all types of deposit account holders and Maha Grih Suraksha for home loan borrowers. Also, they entered into distribution agreement with 15 select Asset Management Companies during the year. They opened 20 new branches upgraded 10 extension counters into full fledged branches. They also opened 3 Currency Chests during the year.
In March 2008, the two Regional Rural Banks, namely Aurangabad Jalna Gramin Bank and Thane Gramin Bank were amalgamated into one unit in the name of Maharashtra Godavari Gramin Bank with head office at Aurangabad and having area of operation in nine districts of Maharashtra.As at March 31, 2008, the total branch network comprised of 1,375 branches and three extensions counters spread over 22 states and two union territories.