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‘Kotak Mahindra group eyeing takeover targets in financial services sector’

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Kotak Mahindra group head Uday Kotak
Kotak Mahindra group head Uday Kotak

Looking to further expand operations, Kotak Mahindra group is looking for potential acquisition targets in banking, asset management, broking and other areas of the financial services sector and hopes to strike a deal this year.

“We are looking for attractive acquisition targets and hopefully there would be some deal this year,” the group head and eminent banker Uday Kotak told PTI in an interview here.

Kotak, whose group is present in various segments of the financial services industry including banking, insurance, asset management, broking and equity research, was in this Swiss ski resort town for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting that ended yesterday.

Asked about the geographies where the group was looking for acquisitions, Kotak said: “We are mainly looking domestically (within India) for potential acquisition targets.”

About the businesses where potential acquisitions could be explored, he said the group is looking at various opportunities across various sectors.

“There is nothing that has crystallised as yet, but we are looking across various segments including banking, asset management and other areas of financial services such as broking as well,” Kotak said.

Uday Kotak had set up the erstwhile Kotak Capital Management Finance Ltd, which later became Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd, in 1985. Later in 2003, it became the country’s first non-banking finance company to be converted into a bank — Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Over the years, Kotak Mahindra Group has expanded into several areas such as stock broking and investment banking to car finance, life insurance and mutual funds. It serves over one crore customers across its various businesses.

Kotak Mahindra Bank recorded total income of over Rs 13,000 crore in the last fiscal, up from about Rs 11,000 crore in the previous year, while profits grew from Rs 1,567 crore to Rs 1,832 crore.

(This article was published on January 28, 2013)
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