Thursday, 29 July 2021

RBI announces proposed scheme for DBS to amalgamate Lakshmi Vilas Bank into its India business

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced a draft scheme to amalgamate Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS Bank India Ltd (DBIL). The proposed scheme of amalgamation is under the special powers of the Government of India and RBI under Section 45 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

Lakshmi Vilas Bank has a 94-year history in India, with an established retail and SME customer base, and a strong presence in South India. 

DBS has been in India since 1994. In March 2019, to expand the franchise and build greater scale, DBS converted its India operations to a wholly owned subsidiary, DBIL. DBIL is now present in 24 cities across 13 states. 

The proposed amalgamation will provide stability and better prospects to Lakshmi Vilas Bank’s depositors, customers and employees following a time of uncertainty. At the same time, the proposed amalgamation will allow DBIL to scale its customer base and network, particularly in South India, which has longstanding and close business ties with Singapore. 

To support the amalgamation, DBS will inject INR 2,500 crore (SGD 463 million) into DBIL if the scheme is approved. This will be fully funded from DBS’ existing resources. 

DBS will await final decision on the proposed scheme from RBI and the Government of India, and will announce further details at a later stage. 

Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker