Geojit Financial Services Ltd is one of the leading financial services company in India. The company is involved in the business of brokerage services, depository operations, distribution of financial products, portfolio management services, overseas operations and commodity futures. The company is the largest DP brokers and the first to start online trading in the country.
Geojit Financial Services Ltd was incorporated in the year 1994 as Geojit Securities Ltd. The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd became a co-promoter of Geojit by acquiring 24% stake in the company. In the year 1995, the company became a member of National Stock Exchange and installed their first trading terminal in Cochin, Kerala.
In the year 1997, the company became a Depository Participant under National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) and began to provide Depository Services through their branches. In the year 1999, they became a member of Bombay Stock Exchange and activate Bombay Online Terminals (BOLT) in different branches.
The company offered online trading which was inaugurated on February 1, 2000. In the same year, they commenced Derivative Trading and also established the first Bank Gateway in the country for Internet Trading.
In the year 2001, the company became the first Indian Depository Participant to launch depository transactions through Internet. Also, they launched a joint venture company in UAE for serving NRI clients.
In the year 2002, the company made a tie up with MetLife for the marketing and distribution of insurance products across the country. Also, they became the first online brokerage house to launch integrated internet trading system for both cash and derivatives segments.
During the year 2003-04, the company added 38 branches which includes12 in Kerala, 6 in Karnataka, 10 in Tamil Nadu, 1 in Andhra Pradesh and 9 in Mumbai. The company changed their name from Geojit Securities Ltd to Geojit Financial Services Ltd. Geojit Commodities Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary company launched Commodity Futures Trading in rubber, pepper, gold, wheat and rice and also they launched Online Futures Trading in multiple commodities namely, agri-commodities, precious metals like gold and silver, other metals like steel, aluminium, etc. and energy futures namely, crude oil and furnace oil.
During the year 2004-05, the company entered into the distribution business of insurance and financial products by incorporating three subsidiary companies through their wholly owned subsidiary Geojit Commodities Ltd.
During the year 2006-07, the company promoted a joint venture company namely, Aloula Geojit Brokerage Company Al Johar Group in Saudi Arabia. During the year 2007-08, Geojit Financial Management Services Private Ltd, which was a subsidiary of Geojit Commodities Ltd, now became a direct subsidiary of the company. They formed a joint venture company namely Barjeel Geojit Securities LLC, Dubai, with Al Saud Group which is having diversified interests in the area of equity markets, real estates and trading.
In September 2007, the company through their NRI Business, entered into an exclusive agreement with Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait which is one of the largest retail banks in Bahrain & Kuwait.
The company is in the process of forming a joint venture company in the Sultanate of Oman with The Financial Corporation Co SAOG to offer brokerage, financial products distribution and related services at an estimated investment of 2,55,000 Oman Riyals. Also they are in the process of starting the real estate and mortgage distribution services.