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Last Updated : Mar 10, 2017 08:40 PM IST | Source: PTI

Canara Bank sells 13.5% of home finance arm to GIC for Rs 754 cr

State-run Canara Bank, which has been struggling to sell non-core assets to shore up its poor core capital, today sold 13.45 per cent of its stake in its home finance arm Can Fin Homes to GIC of Singapore for Rs 753.8 crore or USD 113 million.

 
 
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State-run Canara Bank, which has been struggling to sell non-core assets to shore up its poor core capital, today sold 13.45 percent of its stake in its home finance arm Can Fin Homes to GIC of Singapore for Rs 753.8 crore or USD 113 million.


The stake, amounting to 35,80,849 equity shares each valued at Rs 2,105, was picked up by Caladium Investment, an affiliate of GIC, which is Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, the bank said in an exchange filing.


JM Financial, which advised Canara Bank on stake sale, said the sale price implies a 9-percent premium to yesterday's closing price and P/BV multiple of 5.5 times as of December 2016.

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Late last month, the bank had informed the exchanges that it had appointed merchant bankers to divest its stake in another unlisted arm Canbank Factors, the conclusion of which is awaited.


The Can Fin Homes counter closed at Rs 1,977.65 or up 2.11 percent on the BSE, which closed 0.06 percent up on a volatile trade.


Canara Bank set up Can Fin Homes in 1987, and owned 44.1 percent in the company as of December 2016 with the rest of the stake being held by the public.


After struggling with high bad loans, Canara Bank had reported a three-fold rise in net profit at Rs 322 crore for the December quarter. The Bangalore-based lender had reported a net profit of Rs 84.9 crore for the same quarter in the previous year.


Its NPAs rose to 9.97 percent from 5.84 percent in the same quarter a year ago.


For the first three-quarters of the current financial year, the bank has reported a 17 percent decline in profit at Rs 907.74 crore compared to Rs 1,092.67 crore in the year-ago period.



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First Published on Mar 10, 2017 07:40 pm
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