Thursday, 9 October 2014

Thomas Cook India partners with Ratnakar Bank

India's leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. has announced its partnership with RBL Bank (also known as Ratnakar Bank), to distribute its innovative multi-currency Borderless Prepaid Card via the bank's 185 branches across India; offering India's outbound consumers enhanced access and convenience.

The collaboration expands the reach of Thomas Cook India's Borderless Prepaid Card via the extensive network of RBL Bank, across India's metros, mini metros, emerging Tier II & III regional markets and rural India.

The Borderless Prepaid Card offers travellers the advantage of loading up to eight currencies on a single prepaid card (US Dollars, British Pounds, Euro, Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Swiss Francs, Singapore Dollars & Japanese Yen); thus empowering the cardholder with immediate access to destination currency. Unique consumer-centric features on the card include instant loading; emergency cash disbursement and free replacement card in case stolen or lost and 24x7 global emergency assistance via toll free access in over 80 countries. The chip and pin features of the Borderless Prepaid Card safeguards the security of the traveller, ensuring smooth travel across countries.

Mr. Ritesh Pai, Senior Vice President and Head – Direct Banking Channels, RBL Bank said, "RBL Bank is privileged to be a part of the distribution network of this pioneering innovation. The Thomas Cook India and MasterCard joint-invention of the EMV Compliant Borderless Prepaid Card will be of substantial benefit to India's tech-savvy and new-age travellers. With increasingly large number of Indians commuting abroad for the purpose of business, leisure and education, a single card with provisions for 8 currencies will certainly increase travellers' convenience and enhance security as well. We will leverage our bank's network of branches across the country to market this outstanding product to a large number of our patrons."

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Mahesh Iyer, COO, Foreign Exchange, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said, "Thomas Cook India is truly delighted to partner with RBL Bank, one of India's fastest growing commercial financial institutions, to offer India's outbound travellers easy access to our unique Borderless Prepaid Card. Our collaboration with RBL Bank takes our legacy as innovators & pioneers in the travel and payment solutions business a definite step forward."

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Catholic Syrian Bank completes allotment

The share transfer of Catholic Syrian Bank has been completed with the allotment of 23.2 per cent equity shares to 20 investors, amounting to over Rs 157 crore, a top official said today.

"In all 87,44,090 shares of the bank at the rate of Rs 180 per share, each with face value of Rs 10 and premium of Rs 170, amounting to Rs 157,39,36,200 were allotted to the new investors, the bank's Managing Directer and CEO Rakesh Bhatia told PTI here.

The share transfer issue of the CSB was pending over two decades, Bhatia said.

The take over bid of the bank in 1994 by Bangkok-based NRIs Siam Vidhya Group, headed by Surachan Chansrichawla, by acquiring bank's 19,59,016 shares out of a total of 54,14,000 shares, ran into rough weather with the Catholic Archdiocese coming out against it.

SVG had acquired about 20 per cent of shares at the rate of Rs 85 per share in 1994.

The then bishop of Thrissur diocese Mar Joseph Kundukulam had threatened to withdraw all the deposits of Christian institutions and the community, running into several crores of rupees, if the bank directors did not desist from their move of transferring their shares to the NRI firm.

A Catholic Syrian Bank Protection Committee was also formed under the leadership of the Bishop and it moved a petition in the Company Law Board and Supreme Court against the takeover bid.

The apex court on May 2, 2008 had directed SVG to divest CSB's stakes in excess of 10 per cent in its possession by end of March 2010. After that, the CSB could transfer the shares, it had said.

Among the 20 new investors of the bank included Indorama Corporation Pvt Ltd, Singapore (3.29 per cent), India 2020 Fund II Ltd, Mauritius (3.29 per cent), M A Yusuf Ali, Abu Dhabi (4.97 per cent), he said.

Ali had earlier acquired 4.98 per cent of shares raising his total stake in the bank to 9.95 per cent.

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Ratnakar hires four banks for Rs1,200 crore IPO



Ratnakar Bank Ltd (RBL) has appointed four investment banks for its Rs.1,200 crore initial public offer (IPO), which is expected to hit the market before March 2015, three people close to the development said. The bank is expected to file its documents with the market regulator as early as October. The bank has mandated Kotak Mahindra Capital Co. Ltd, Citigroup Inc., Standard Chartered Plc and Morgan Stanley to handle the issue. Mint had reported on 1 July that the private sector lender plans to dilute about 10% stake through the IPO, which values the bank at Rs.12,000 crore. “Things have got better macroeconomically. Confidence is back in the market, interest rates have peaked and the rupee is stable. The macroeconomic environment is in favour of banks and a lot of investors are interested to buy stake in the bank,” one of the persons mentioned above said. An RBL spokesperson did not respond to an email seeking comment. Though RBL has no immediate requirement for fresh capital, the IPO would help the bank comply with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines issued last year that directed all banks to list within three years of starting business. Over the last three years, global and local private equity and development funds have invested over Rs.1,400 crore in the bank in three tranches. Housing Development Finance Corp. Ltd, Norwest Venture Partners, Samara Capital, Beacon Capital, Faering Capital, TVS Shriram, Cartica Capital, Ascent Capital, Aditya Birla Private Equity, IDFC’s Spice Fund and ICICI’s Emerging India Fund are among its shareholders. Most investors, however, may continue to stay invested, the person quoted above said. “It is unlikely that any of the existing investors will sell their investments in the bank because none of them have stayed invested for more than three-and-a-half years. Some of the bank’s shareholders are development finance institutions, which typically hold their investments for many years,” he said. As recently as 10 April, RBL raised Rs.328 crore by selling fresh shares to UK government-owned development institution CDC Group Plc and Asia Capital and Advisors Pte Ltd along with existing shareholders International Finance Corp. and Gaja Capital. Though RBL is an old private sector bank established in 1943, it has accelerated its growth under a new management led by managing director and chief executive officer Vishwavir Ahuja since 2010. In the last three years, the bank has shed its regional image, opened branches and attracted new investors. The share sale, if it materialises, will make RBL the 41st publicly traded bank in India. The IPO comes at a time when secondary markets are buoyant and interest in primary markets is starting to pick up. Vinod Wadhwani, director at Ambit Corporate Finance Pte Ltd, expects a robust investor response to the IPO. “Given that most of the public sector banks are reeling under the huge pressure of non-performing loans, investor interest in public sector banks is limited. There is a dearth of new and quality paper supply in the private sector as well. Private sector banks such as Ratnakar Bank, which has a competitive management team in place, is expected to continue its growth trajectory. Hence, the investor response to the IPO is expected to be robust,” Wadhwani said. Since mid-May, after the election results were announced, the Sensex has risen about 12.79%. Bank stocks have also been gaining in anticipation of better economic prospects. Since the beginning of 2014, the BSE’s Bankex has gained 42.53% while the benchmark Sensex has gained 28.51%. In an interview with Mint in June, Rajeev Ahuja, head of strategy at the bank, had said that no single investor holds more than 5% in RBL. An IPO will hence mean a further reduction in stakes of existing investors. Besides, it will also give liquidity to employees for their stock options and probably attract more large investors who would want to buy into a listed bank. As on 31 March, the bank had a loan book of Rs.9,835 crore, according to RBL’s website. In fiscal year 2014, it added 51 branches and a similar number will be added in the current fiscal year, Ahuja had said. As on March 2014, RBL had 185 branches and 350 ATMs with more than 500,000 clients. Overall, the bank is targeting growth of 40-50% in advances and deposits over the next couple of years, Ahuja said. For the year ended March 2014 the bank’s net advances grew 54% while deposits rose 39%.


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Otis appoints Managing Director



Otis Elevator Company, a unit of United Technologies Corp, appointed Sebi Joseph as Managing Director of Otis Elevator Company (India) Ltd. In this role, Joseph will lead Otis’ business operations throughout India, the world’s second largest elevator market. He started his career in 1987 as an engineering trainee and spent 16 years in various positions of increasing responsibility, including General Manager, Karnataka operations. From 2003 to 2007, he was President and General Manager of Otis Philippines and in 2008 was appointed Director, Marketing, Sales and Communications for Otis South Asia Pacific and Gulf Area.


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TamilNad Mercantile Bank New Scheme

Tamilnad Mercantile Bank today inroduced the 'TMB Little Super Star savings bank scheme' exclusively for children in the age group of 11 to 18 years.

The scheme was launched at a function at the Kamaraj College here by Mayor A P R Antony Grace and presided over by H S Upendra Kamath, MD & CEO of the bank.

New Passbooks were distributed on the occassion to minor children who opened accounts under the new scheme.

The Scheme was launched simultaneously at all 10 Regional offices of the bank

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Tax Implication of Finance Act 2014 on Unlisted Shares


Before the annual Budget 2014-15 was introduced, the shares of listed company or private company held for over 12 months were categorised as long-term capital asset (LTCA). But the Finance (No 2) Act 2014 has amended this position with effect from April 1, 2014, and now only listed shares, if held for over 12 months, would be considered as LTCA. The unlisted shares must be held for over 36 months to qualify as LTCA.
The amendment offered relief to those holding unlisted shares for more than 12 months and less than 36 months, and selling them between April 1 and July 10, 2014. The amendment provided that gains on such sales would be considered long-term capital gain (LTCG). Accordingly, listed shares if held for less than 12 months or unlisted shares held for less than 36 months would be termed as short-term capital asset (STCA).
Tax implications are different for LTCG and short-term capital gain (STCG), depending upon the duration of the asset.
Tax implication on LTCG
LTCG is not taxable under the Income Tax Act (the Act) if securities transaction tax (STT) has been paid on the sale of shares. If STT is not paid on the sale of the shares, LTCG is computed by reducing from the sales consideration the indexed cost of acquisition and improvement and expenditure incurred in the transfer. The LTCG so computed is taxable at 20%. For listed securities, in case the tax so payable exceeds 10% of LTCG computed without considering the indexed cost of acquisition, the excess is to be ignored. The tax amount would have to be increased by education and higher education cess at 3% and surcharge as applicable.


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