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Ownership change of IDBI Bank unlikely to affect ratings: Icra

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The change of ownership of state-run is unlikely to have any significant impact on the credit profile of the lender, says a report.

Last month, IRDAI had given permission to state-run to increase stake up to 51 per cent or controlling stake in the

Currently, owns 7.98 per cent in the compared with 10.82 per cent as on March 31, 2018.

"Acquisition of stake by LIC, with equally strong ability to infuse capital, is unlikely to drive the credit profile in the near-term till there is an improvement in the standalone profile of the bank," rating agency said in a report. has an 'A' rating on the

Its head for financial sector ratings, said the acquisition of stake in is likely to be done under the policyholders accounts of and hence even a 51 per cent stake in the bank will not make a subsidiary of

"Being an investment in the policyholders account, the stake will be transient in nature and LIC will have to reduce its stake in the bank going forward and bring it down to the regulatory requirement of 15 per cent," Gupta said.

He said the capital infusion from LIC into the bank will offset the future losses.

He further said the intent of LIC or the government on the long-term ownership structure will be key rating drivers for the lender, going forward.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 18:50 IST