IDBI Bank Ltd is one of India's largest commercial Banks. The Bank is a Universal Bank with their operations driven by a cutting edge core Banking IT platform. They offer personalized banking and financial solutions to their clients in the retail and corporate banking arena through their large network of Branches and ATMs, spread across length and breadth of India. They have also set up an overseas branch at Dubai.
The Bank operates in four segments, namely Wholesale Banking, Retail Banking, Treasury Services and Other Banking Operations. They have six wholly-owned subsidiaries, namely IDBI Homefinance Ltd, IDBI Gilts Ltd, IDBI Intech Ltd, IDBI Capital Market Services Ltd, IDBI Asset Management Ltd and IDBI MF Trustee Company Ltd.
IDBI Bank Ltd was incorporated in the year 1964 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Reserve Bank of India with the name Industrial Development Bank of India. The company was regarded as a Public Financial Institution and continued to serve as a DFI for 40 years. In February 16, 1976, the ownership of the company was transferred to the Government of India by RBI and the company was made the principal financial institution for coordinating the activities of institutions engaged in financing, promoting and developing industry in the country.
In the year 1982, the company transferred their International Finance Division to Export-Import Bank of India. In the year 1993, they formed one wholly owned subsidiary company, namely IDBI Capital Market Services Ltd for providing broad range of financial products and services. In June 7, 1995, the company made their Initial Public Offer (IPO), which brought down GOI holding to below 100%.
In March 2000, the company set up one wholly owned subsidiary company, namely IDBI Intech Ltd for providing Information Technology (IT) related activities of the organization. They established a public limited company in the home loan segment, namely 'IDBI Homefinance Ltd'. Also, they entered into a financial and technical collaboration agreement with Nepal Development Bank (NDB). In March 2001, they incorporated IDBI Trusteeship Services Ltd to take over the entire debenture business and assist to the subscribers and issuers of debentures by the way of up-to-date information and efficient professional services.
In March 2003, the Bank made an exit from their asset management activity by divesting their entire shareholding in IDBI Principal Asset Management company Ltd, IDBI Principal Trustee Company Ltd and all Trust Corpus rights of IDBI Mutual Fund in favour of their joint venture partner Principal Financial Services Inc USA, with a view to concentrate on their core business activities. They also divested their entire stake in Discount & Finance House of India Ltd (DFHI) in favour of SBI. In September 2003, the company diversified their business domain further by acquiring the entire shareholding of Tata Finance Ltd in Tata Home finance Ltd. The fully-owned housing finance subsidiary was renamed 'IDBI Homefinance Ltd'.
In October 2004, the company was transformed into a banking company to undertake all kind of banking activities while continuing to play their secular Development Financial Institution role. Also, they changed their name to Industrial Development Bank of India Ltd. In 2005, Industrial Development Bank of India Ltd merged their banking subsidiary IDBI Bank with themselves. In October 2006, United Western Bank Ltd was amalgamated with the Bank as a part of the inorganic growth strategy.
In December 2006, the company incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary in the name of IDBI Gilts Ltd. for carrying on primary dealership business. Also, they signed an MoU with Life Insurance Corporation of India Ltd (LIC) in Mumbai for undertaking joint and take-out financing of long-gestation projects, including infrastructure projects. In July 2007, the Bank entered into fourth tie-up for trading in carbon credits with Sumitomo of Japan.
During the year 2007-08, the Bank came up with two innovative products Wealthsurance and Homesurance. They introduced 3-in-1 saving-cum-demat accounts with trading facility. Also, they increased their bouquet of retail products by launching Loan against Rent Receivables, Loan against Commercial Property, Reverse Mortgage Loan, Holiday Travel Loan and Loan to the staff of IDBI-Assisted units.
During the year, the Bank launched the MasterCard Debit Card, re-launched the cash card product and upgraded their Net Banking architecture thereby enhancing customer experience. They formalized tie-ups with IDBI Capital Market Services Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of the Bank, with Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd to offer state-of-the-art internet-based trading facility in Equities, Futures and Options markets.
During the year, the new state-of-the-art Treasury at the Bank's Head Office became operational. In March 2008, IDBI Bank entered into a joint venture with Federal Bank and Fortis Insurance International to form IDBI Fortis Life Insurance, of which IDBI Bank owns 48%. Also, the name of the bank was changed to IDBI Bank Ltd with effect from May 07, 2008.
During the financial year 2008-09, the Bank increased their branch network to 509 comprising 179 metropolitan branches, 175 urban branches, 100 semi urban branches and 55 rural branches. They implemented next'generation cash management system called i-cashweb, a web-based CMS solution. Also, they opened a Currency Chest at Chennai taking the total number to four. They got approval to collect sales tax in Maharashtra.
During the year, the Bank launched their Mobile Payment service enabling their customers to make payments for their purchases through mobile phones. They launched the multi currency acquiring facility in the merchant acquisition business. Also, they implemented a new Fund Transfer Pricing (FTP), based on the market linked bid and offer rates.
The Bank made a tie-up with IDBI Fortis Life Insurance Company Ltd for distribution of varied life insurance products, like wealthsurance, bondsurance, homesurance etc. Also they had an arrangement with Bajaz Allianz for selling general insurance products. They also distributed Co-branded products like FamilyCare, HomeCare and BusinessCare which cover all the categories such as asset insurance, corporate insurance, personal accident insurance and health insurance.
During the year 2009-10, the Bank opened 199 new branches, including Specialized Corporate Branches. They opened a currency chest at Panchkula taking the total number of currency chest to five. Also, they opened their first Cash Processing Centre (CPC) at Mulund, Mumbai. They won 'Special Jury Award' for their technological initiatives at the IBA Banking Technology Award 2009.
During the year, the Bank launched was new variants of the debit card, i.e., Kids Card and Platinum Card aimed at specific customer segments comprising kids and high networth individuals. They developed several new products with added features, namely Salary Account with Overdraft Facility and Scheme for providing Subordinated Debt. In July 2009, the Bank's Centralized Operations received the coveted ISO 9001:2008 certificate of registration.
In January 2010 , the Bank floated a wholly owned company namely, IDBI Asset Management Company (AMC) to undertake Mutual Fund (MF) business, which launched their first product 'IDBI Nifty Index Fund' during May 2010. Also, they incorporated IDBI MF Trustee Company Ltd with paid up capital of Rs.20 lakh. As on March 31, 2010, the Bank had a network of 720 Branches and 1210 ATMs.
In June 2010, the Bank opened their first overseas branch at the Dubai International Finance Centre for providing corporate banking services including financial advisory and syndication of credit.
During the year 2010-11, the Bank provided facility of making on-line payments for e-commerce transactions though their debit card. A new variant debit card was launched exclusively for women customers. In order to encourage customers with regard to usage of debit card, a cash back scheme for debit card usage was also offered. Within the regulatory framework, cash withdrawal was allowed on debit card at various merchant establishments.
The Bank is increasingly committed to support government initiatives offering financial services to Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) and Lower Income Groups (LIG) of society and accordingly offered, along with others, Interest Subsidy Scheme for Housing the Urban Poor (ISHUP). In their efforts to ensure improved financial inclusion, the Bank signed MOU with Tribal Development Department, Government of Gujarat and is exploring similar partnership with other State Governments. The Bank also signed MOU with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for acting as a registrar.
During the year, ther Bank launched 'Loan Against Property' for the MSMEs to unlock value of their assets/properties. 'SME Smart Line of Credit' was also introduced so that MSMEs could take advantage of emerging business opportunities. In addition, the Bank implemented the 'Artisan Credit Card' scheme of Indian Banks' Association (IBA) to take care of the credit needs of the artisan community of the nation. To further enrich the MSME loan basket, the Bank made a tie-up with SIDBI in an exclusive arrangement to jointly finance MSME units, initially in 10 centres viz., Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow, Ludhiana and Rajkot, subsequently to be rolled out across the country. They also launched a software for Complaint Resolution Management (CRM) at branches.
The bank received ISO 9001:2008 certification for all their Currency Chests. They opened a new Currency Chest at Kochi taking the number of Currency Chests of your Bank to six. They also received ISO 9001:2008 certification for all their Centralised Clearing Units (CCUs).
An April 2011, two wholly-owned subsidiaries viz. IDBI Home Finance Ltd and IDBI Gilts Ltd were amalgamated with the Bank with effect from January 01, 2011.