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Saturday, September 14, 2013

CCI gives green signal to Ratnakar Bank-RBS deal

Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved private sector lender Ratnakar Bank’ proposal to buy Royal Bank of Scotland’s credit card business, mortgage portfolio and banking operation in the country, saying the deal will not have an adverse impact on competition.

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) mortgage portfolio includes housing loans, while banking business includes providing small and medium sized enterprises with high end products and services.

In its order dated September 10, the CCI said the proposal “is not likely to have an appreciable adverse effect on competition in India and, therefore, the Commission hereby approves the proposed combination under...the (Competition) Act”.

The regulator said it has observed that after the proposed deal between the banks comes into effect, RBS would exit the credit card business, mortgage portfolio and business banking segment.

“Currently, ihas no presence in credit card business. It is observed that the presence of Ratnakar Bank in the mortgage and banking business in India would be insignificant after the proposed combination,” the CCI said.

Following the execution of the “Master Sale and Purchase Agreement” entered into between Ratnakar Bank and RBS last month, the entities approached CCI for its approval.

Mid-sized private sector lender Ratnakar Bank had announced it had acquired British banking major RBS’ business banking segment, credit cards and mortgage portfolio for an undisclosed amount.

The Kolhapur, Maharashtra headquartered bank has a customer base of 5 lakh with a total business size of Rs 14,500 crore.

Source: thehindubusinessline


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