SBI-led consortium to buy controlling stake in Yes Bank, announcement likely soon: Sources

New Delhi, Mar 5 () The government has approved a plan for a consortium of lenders, led by State Bank of India, to acquire a controlling stake in Yes Bank, highly places sources said on Thursday.

An announcement is expected soon, they added.

Yes Bank, which is grappling with bad loans, is looking to raise fresh capital but the plans are facing uncertainties.

It has also delayed announcement of 2019 December 2019 quarter results due to the ongoing crisis.Advertisement

The bank's capital buffers have come down due to non-performing assets.

The sources said the government has cleared a plan for a SBI-led consortium to acquire a controlling stake in the bank.

In a clarification to stock exchanges on reports that the government is said to have approved SBI's plan to buy stake in Yes Bank, the state-owned lender said it would disclose developments, if any, as per Sebi regulations.
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"... we will abide by the timelines under Regulation 30 of Sebi (LODR) Regulations 2015 in disclosing the developments, if any in the matter to stock exchanges," it added.

Yes Bank has been passing through a tumultuous period ever since the Reserve Bank, in August 2018, asked the then chief executive Rana Kapoor to leave by January 31, 2019, amid concerns on governance and loan practices. Under his successor Ravneet Gill, the lender has disclosed large under-reported stressed assets.Advertisement

The bank reported its maiden loss in the March 2019 quarter.

Yes Bank had initially planned to raise capital of over USD 2 billion in the current fiscal. Later, its board rejected a USD 1.2 billion investment in the bank by Canadian investor SPGP Group/ Erwin Singh Braich.

Mumbai-headquartered Yes Bank was incorporated in 2004. The bank's asset size stood at Rs 3,71,160 crore at the end of June 2019.Advertisement

Promoters of Yes Bank -- Madhu Kapur, Yes Capital (India) Pvt Ltd and Mags Finvest -- hold 8.33 per cent stake in the crisis-ridden bank, as per data available on the stock exchanges.

The bank's co-founder Rana Kapoor has sold his entire stake in the bank.

Besides, foreign portfolio investors hold 15.17 per cent stake, state-owned LIC has 8.06 per cent, and mutual funds own 5.09 per cent.Advertisement

Shares of Yes Bank rose nearly 22 per cent to Rs 35.60 apiece in late afternoon trade on the BSE. DP KPM NKD CS RAM
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