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IDFC Bank, Shriram Capital to merge within 90 days, create Rs 65k-cr giant

According to Piramal, the boards of directors of the companies have not approved any transaction yet

IANS  |  Mumbai 

IDFC Bank CEO, Rajiv Lall, Shriram Capital Ajay Piramal, R Thyagarajan
IDFC Bank MD and CEO Rajiv Lall along with Chairman; Shriram Capital Ajay Piramal and an industrialist and founder of Shriram Group R Thyagarajan during the announcement of IDFC and Shriram Group merger in Mumbai on Saturday. Photo: Kamlesh Pednekar

Financial services majors and IDFC Group have announced a possible merger to create a "financial conglomerate", Shriram and Piramal Group Chairman said here on Saturday.

"Today the boards of and IDFC entered into an exclusivity arrangement for 90 days to jointly explore the possibility of merger," he said in a press meet.

The merger is subject to approval from market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India, the Reserve Bank of India, the Competition Commission of India and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India, he said.

The two groups have entered into a confidentiality agreement to evaluate a potential combination of certain businesses and subsidiaries/affiliates and associate of with IDFC Group.

According to Piramal, the boards of directors of the have not approved any transaction.

The Shriram group, engaged in credit and non-credit (insurance) financial services, has three listed entities - Shriram Asset Management Company Ltd, Shriram City Union Finance Ltd and Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd - operating in the non-banking finance domain.

It also has life insurance joint venture with South Africa's Sanlam and its own general insurance company.

As per broad scheme of merger between IDFC Group and Shriram Group, the two insurance and listed Shriram Transport will become subsidiaries of IDFC. The other listed entity Shriram City Union Finance will be absorbed by IDFC Bank.

The operating businesses of both the groups will come under IDFC.

For the Shriram Group, Ltd is the overreaching holding company for the financial services and insurance companies.

According to Shriram Capital, along with its operating entities the overall customer base is in excess of 12 million, and it has more than 60,000 employees across 3,000 offices.

The merger if transpires will create a financial conglomerate.

First Published: Sat, July 08 2017. 20:17 IST