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Foreign shareholding limit in Kotak Mahindra Bank goes up to 45% as board of directors gives nod

  • RBI had earlier asked the lender to pare Uday Kotak's shareholding down gradually to 15 percent

  • As on 31 December, 2018, Kotak held 29.72 percent stake in the bank

  • Stock of the bank closed at Rs 1,235.75, down 0.44 percent, on BSE

New Delhi: Kotak Mahindra Bank on Tuesday said its board has approved a proposal to increase foreign shareholding limit to 45 per cent from the existing 43 percent.

"The board of directors of the bank has today approved increase in ceiling limit on the total shareholding of Foreign Institutional Investors/Foreign Portfolio Investors from the current limit of 43 percent to 45 percent with immediate effect," the bank said in a regulatory filing.

 Foreign shareholding limit in Kotak Mahindra Bank goes up to 45% as board of directors gives nod

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RBI had earlier asked the lender to pare promoter Uday Kotak's shareholding down gradually to 15 percent by 31 March, 2020.

The bank was asked to cut Kotak's holding to 20 percent of the paid up capital by December 2018 and further to 15 per cent by 31 March, 2020.

As on 31 December, 2018, Kotak held 29.72 percent stake in the bank.

Uday Kotak, vice chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank, earlier held 30.03 percent stake.

To bring his shareholding down, the bank in August 2018 had proposed to issue perpetual non-cumulative preference shares (PNPCS) to meet the said deadline, which was rejected by RBI.

Kotak Mahindra Bank then moved the Bombay High Court challenging the RBI's decision.

Stock of the bank closed at Rs 1,235.75, down 0.44 percent, on BSE.

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Updated Date: Feb 26, 2019 16:51:22 IST