A five-year-old bank lending to poor women in rural India has made it to MSCI in New York

  • As per a tweet by Motilal Oswal, Bandhan Bank stock will be added to MSCI index effective from October 16.
  • Bandhan is a long -term compounder and will be able to consistently deliver over 30% growth, said a research report by Axis Capital.
  • The merger with Gruh Finance will also allow the rapidly expanding Bandhan Bank with an extended portfolio of loans.

Kolkata-based lender Bandhan Bank which has been servicing rural women with small loans, is now expected to hit the big leagues soon. As per a tweet by Motilal Oswal, the bank’s stock will be added to the MSCI index effective from October 16.


Investors celebrated the huge feat by a 5-year old bank and the shares jumped nearly 10%, hitting the upper circuit, after which the exchanges halted trading in the company’s shares.


MSCI is Morgan Stanley Capital International index is headquartered in New York. It enters a league of top stocks which will also provide by access to global investors, institutions and funds.


As per the brokerage firm, this is an effect of its merger with Ahmedabad-based Gruh Finance which recently received an approval from National Company Law Tribunal. Even before the MSCI entry, Bandhan has been one of the rare banking success stories in India.


“It is well placed to deliver industry-leading return ratios with a high-yielding assetbook on one side and robust low-cost deposit franchise on the other. Bandhan is a long term compounder and will be able to consistently deliver over 30% growth,” said a research report by Axis Capital in early September.


The merger with Gruh Finance will also allow the rapidly expanding Bandhan Bank with an extended portfolio of loans. Currently, around 90% of the bank’s portfolio consists of small loans only. Gruh Finance, as the name suggests, provides housing loans mostly to rural populace. This loan portfolio will provide diversity to the primarily entrepreneurship-based loans that Bandhan currently provides.


The shares of Bandhan hit an upper circuit at ₹608 per share in today’s trade, increasing by over 9% in the morning trade. The stock of Gruh Finance also rose by around 7.9% as of 12 pm.



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