New Delhi: State Bank of India (SBI), the nation`s biggest lender by assets, will gain $120 billion in assets following its merger with associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank, the lender said in a statement on Saturday.
In a first move to consolidate India`s struggling public sector banks, SBI`s board on Thursday approved share swap ratio for the proposed takeover of five units that had been run at arms-length, as well as state-run Bharatiya Mahila Bank, a bank for women set up in 2013.
Policymakers want to recapitalise and consolidate India`s state-run banks so that they can extend fresh credit and help drive an investment-led recovery in Asia`s third-largest economy that is currently getting a boost from state and private consumption.
India`s 27 public sector banks account for 70 percent of its banking sector assets, as well as the lion`s share of the country`s $120 billion in troubled loans.
SBI said the merger would expand its assets by 36 percent to about $447 billion.