Reserve Bank allows FIs to up stake in Axis Bank, IDFC Bank

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investmentsThe banking sector regulator Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given its nod to foreign investors to raise their stakes in Axis Bank and IDFC Bank up to 74 per cent and 46 per cent, respectively.

Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs)/Registered Foreign Portfolios Investors (RFPIs) can now invest from existing 62 per cent up to 74 per cent of the paid-up capital of Axis Bank under the Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS)”, RBI said in a notification.

In a separate notification it said, “FIIs/RFPIs can now invest from the existing 24 per cent up to 46 per cent of the paid-up capital of IDFC Bank Limited under PIS.”

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said both Axis Bank and IDFC Bank passed resolutions at its Board of Directors’ level and a special resolution by the shareholders, agreeing on enhancing the limit for the purchase of its equity shares and convertible debentures by FIIs/RFPIs.

The hike in foreign investment limit in Axis Bank follows permission granted by the government to raise foreign shareholding ceiling to 74 per cent.

The hike in foreign shareholding in the private lender is expected to fetch around Rs 13,000 crore.

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