Money & Banking

Muthoot Finance buys IDBI AMC for ₹215 cr

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on November 22, 2019

Muthoot Finance, one of the largest gold loan non-banking finance company, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IDBI Asset Management and IDBI MF Trustee Company for Rs 215 crore.

The deal, which will pave way for Muthoot Finance’s entry into Mutual Fund Asset Management space, is expected to be completed by February end.

IDBI Bank was looking to sell its stake in mutual fund arm ever since LIC bought majority stake in the debt-laden bank in January. The proposal was approved by the Union Cabinet last August.

The sale of the mutual fund business by IDBI Bank was necessitated as the bank’s new owner, LIC, has its own mutual fund business and regulators were not in favour of letting them run the same business under two different entities.

Upon closing of the deal, both IDBI AMC and IDBI MF Trustee Company will become wholly-owned subsidiary companies of Muthoot Finance.

Promoted by IDBI Bank in 2010, IDBI Mutual Fund is one of the profit making AMCs in the mutual fund space with an asset under management of about Rs 5,300 crore.

IDBI MF runs 22 schemes with robust AUM across products.

On completion of the transaction, Muthoot Finance will purchase entire equity shares of IDBI Asset Management and IDBI MF Trustee Company for a total consideration of Rs 215 crore, said Muthoot Finance in a statement on Friday.

The proposed transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of Muthoot Finance and IDBI MF, it added.

ICICI Securities and J Sagar Associates acted as the advisors to IDBI MF in the transaction while AZB and Partners was legal advisor to Muthoot Finance.

George Alexander Muthoot, Managing Director, Muthoot Finance said the business objectives and customer centric approach followed within Muthoot Group is well aligned with the objectives of mutual fund industry.

"We are excited to venture into this new path in the financial services space and partner with experienced management team at IDBI Mutual Fund," he added.

Started in 1939, Muthoot Finance, a “systemically important Non-Deposit Taking NBFC”, is the largest gold loan NBFC in India with history of over 80 years.

It has a branch network of over 4,500 across 23 states and serves about 2 lakh retail customers every day for Gold loans and other products

It has loan assets of Rs 34,246 crore as at March 31, 2019 and it generated net profit of Rs 1,972 crore for FY'19.

Published on November 22, 2019

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