Govt notifies Yes Bank reconstruction scheme, bank to resume operations next week

New Delhi: The government on Saturday notified the scheme of reconstruction for cash-strapped Yes Bank Ltd, paving the way for the lender to resume full operations.

The private sector bank has been put under a moratorium by the Reserve Bank of India since March 5 which has restricted deposit withdrawals. Under the terms of the notified scheme, this moratorium will now be lifted at 6 p.m. on March 18.

According to the government notification, Yes Bank’s authorized share capital will be revised upwards from Rs 1,100 crore to Rs 6,200 crore. The number of total equity shares will stand altered to 3,000 crores of Rs 2 each aggregating to Rs 6,000 crore. Authorized preference share capital shall continue to be Rs 200 crore.

The investor bank, which in Yes Bank’s case is the State Bank of India, will pick up to 49 percent of the equity, while private investors will be allowed to buy the rest. SBI will have to hold at least a 26 percent stake in the private bank for a minimum period of three years.

Similarly, the other investors will also be mandated to have a similar lock-in period for 75 percent of their investment in the bank. As per the notification, this lock-in will also be for all existing shareholders who are holding 100 or more shares in the private sector bank.

Investors in the bank, other than SBI, will also have a voting right to the extent of their shareholding in the bank or 9 percent of the total voting rights of all shareholders in the reconstructed bank or as decided by RBI, whichever is lower. Higher voting rights up to 15 percent may be allowed to certain investors having higher shareholding and declared “fit and proper” by the RBI.

The reconstructed bank will also allot its equity within two working days following the commencement of the scheme.

The government has also decided to exempt all investors in the Yes Bank from payment of capital gains tax for any deemed profit or gains on account of subscription of shares.

The office of the administrator of YES Bank shall also stand vacated after seven days from the cessation of the moratorium and the new Board will take over the bank.

Prashant Kumar, former SBI CFO, and the current administrator of Yes Bank may take over as managing director and CEO of the bank.

Early this week, SBI said that its board had approved an investment of Rs 7,250 crore in Yes Bank by purchasing 725 crore equity shares.

On Friday, ICICI Bank and Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd announced that they will be investing Rs 1,000 crore each in Yes Bank’s equity. Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank will be investing Rs 600 crore and Rs 500 crore respectively. Bandhan Bank will be investing Rs 300 crore

A full list of investors is yet to be released.

(IANS)

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