City Union Bank Ltd is one of the leading scheduled commercial banks in the private sector with major presence in urban, semi-urban and rural centers in South India. The Bank operates in four segments, namely Treasury, Retail Banking, Corporate Banking and Other banking operations. Their products include savings accounts, current accounts, fixed deposits, cash certificates, VIP deposit, Flexifix deposits, CUB Smart deposits and tax saver gold deposit account. The Bank's services include automated teller machine (ATM) services, mail transfer, demand draft, phone transfer, standing instructions and nomination facility.
City Union Bank Ltd was incorporated as a limited company on October 31, 1904 with the name, The Kumbakonam Bank Ltd. In January 30, 1930, the first Branch of the Bank was opened at Mannargudi in Tamil Nadu. Thereafter, branches were opened at Nagapattinam, Sannanallur, Ayyampet, Tirukattupalli, Tiruvarur, Manapparai, Mayuram and Porayarwithinaspan oftwenty five years.
In the year 1957, the Bank took over the assets and liabilities of the Common Wealth Bank Ltd and as a result five branches, namely Aduthurai, Kodavasal, Valangaiman, Jayankondacholopuram and Ariyalur were added to the Bank. In April 1965, two other local banks, namely The City Forward Bank Ltd and The Union Bank Ltd were amalgamated with the Bank under a scheme of amalgamation with the resultant addition of six more branches, namely Kumbakonam-Town, Nannilam, Koradacherry, Tiruvidaimarudur, Tirupanandal and Kuttalam. Consequently, the name of the Bank was changed to The Kumbakonam City Union Bank Ltd.
In November 1965, the Bank's first branch at Chennai was opened at Thiyagaraya Nagar. During the year 1968-1973, the Bank opened their branches at Eravancheri, Sembanarkoil, Tiruchirapalli, Madurai, Thanjavur, Dindigul, Keelapalur, Tirumakkottai, Kottur, Tiruvarur Town and Coimbatore. In the next three years, they opened the branches at Periyakulam, Mandaveli (Cehnnai), Pattukkottai, Triplicane (Chennai), Cuddalore, Pudukkottai, Chidambaram and Salem.
During the period 1977-1979, the bank opened ten more branches including those at George Town (Madras), Mount Road (Madras), Tirunelveli and Karaikudi. In September 1980, the first branch outside the state of Tamilnadu was opened at Sultanpet in Bangalore. They also opened the branches at the twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh.
In tune with the national image attached to the Bank, the Bank's name was changed to City Union Bank Ltd with effectfrom December 1987. Taking into account the bank's financial strength, managerial competence and consistent progress in all spheres of their activities, Reserve Bank of India granted an Authorised Dealers License to deal in Foreign Exchange business with effect from October 1990.
During the year 2000-01, the Bank set up an integrated Treasury Department at Chennai to ensure better management of funds. Also, they set up Credit Risk Management Department and Loan Review Department to evaluate and mitigate the risks associated with the operations of the bank. During the year 2001-02, they further strengthened credit rating systems by introducing entry level rating, pricing of loans based on rating of the borrowers. They expanded their network by opening branches at Tambaram, Tiruvanmiyur(Chennai), Tumkur(Karnataka) and Rajamundhry(Andhra).
During the year 2002-03, the Bank expanded their network by opening branches at Fort (Mumbai), Thrissur (Kerala), Kakinada and Tenali (Andhra), Palghat (Kerala). Also, they entered into a MoU with Life Insurance Corporation of India and National Insurance Co Ltd for selling insurance products.
During the year 2003-04, the Bank opened their new branches at Bhimavaram (Andhra Pradesh), Kovilpatti, Oppanakara Street (Coimbatore), Ashok Nagar (Chennai), Ameerpet (Andhra Pradesh). They obtained licence from Insurance Regulatory Authority of India (IRDA) to act as Corporate Agents in the composite insurance business. Also, they ntered into a franchise agreement for the Money Transfer Service Scheme of Western Union Financial Services Inc, USA with their agents in India AFL Pvt Ltd.
During the year 2005-06, the Bank opened their new branches at Udumalpet (Tamil Nadu), Indira Nagar (Bangalore), Cuddapah & Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh), Vashi (Mumbai), Tiruchengodu (Tamil Nadu), Vijayawada II & Guntur II (Andhra Pradesh). Also they installed 23 more ATMs at various branches. The Bank obtained licence to function as Depository Participant under National Securities Depository Ltd.
During the year 2006-07, the Bank expanded their network by opening branches at Kannur (Kerala), Hosur (Tamil Nadu), Jayanagar-Bangalore, Mysore (Karnataka), Chrompet, Madipakkam, Thoraipakkam and Trichy Cantonment (Tamil Nadu), Kottayam (Kerala), Malkajgiri, Srikakulam and Machilipatnam(Andhra Pradesh), Kangayam, Rasipuram, Tirukoilur, Dharapuram, Sattur, Krishnagiri and Paramakudi (Tamil Nadu). Also, they installed 25 more ATMs in various branches during the year.
During the year 2007-09, the Bank opened new branches at Belgaum, Hubli, Mangalore, Davengere (Karnataka) Prodattur, Warrangal (Andhra Pradesh), Gandhi Nagar, Kumbakonam (Tamil Nadu), Tiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadu), Sivaganga (Tamil Nadu), Nandyal (Andhra Pradesh), Ramanathapuram (Tamil Nadu), Thane (Maharashtra), Ichalkaranji & Nagpur (Maharashtra), Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh), Dharmavaram (Andhra Pradesh), Rajkot (Gujarat), Nashik (Maharashtra) and Devakottai (Tamil Nadu). Also, they installed 24 more ATMs in various branches during the year.
During the year 2008-09, the Bank expanded their network by opening branches at KK Nagar (Chennai), Maraimalai Nagar (Tamil Nadu), Chengalpet (Tamil Nadu), Fair Lands (Salem), Ellampillai (Salem), Nadukkadai (Thanjavur) Pallipalayam (Namakkal), R S Puram (Coimbatore), Perambalur (Tamil Nadu), Kolkatta (West Bengal), Ramanagara (Karnataka), Anna Nagar, Madurai (Tamil Nadu), Kelambakkam (Tamil Nadu), Nachiar Koil (Tamil Nadu), Rajaji Nagar (Bangalore - Karnataka), Kollam (Tamil Nadu), Madhurapuri (Tamil Nadu), Sirkazhi (Tamil Nadu), Banashankari (Karnataka), Hindupur (Andhra Pradesh), Thindal (Tamil Nadu), Kukatpally, Hyderabad and Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad.