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Last Updated : Dec 07, 2018 01:13 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway looking to buy 10% stake in Kotak Mahindra Bank: Report

As per RBI guidelines, Uday Kotak needs to dilute his stake to below 20 percent by December 2018.

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is looking to buy 10 percent stake in Kotak Mahindra Bank, multiple sources told CNBC-TV18 on December 7, adding that the deal is valued between $4 billion and $6 billion.

Berkshire Hathaway may look at buying promoter stake or via a preferential allotment, said the sources, who did not want to be named.

As per RBI guidelines, Uday Kotak needs to dilute his stake to below 20 percent by December 2018 in order to ensure a wider ownership of banks.

Uday Kotak had sought RBI's permission to bring down his stake in the bank to 20 percent from the current 30 percent by selling nonconvertible perpetual noncumulative preference shares (PNCPS) to a group of investors in August 2018. RBI, however, shot down this arrangement.

On August 14, Kotak Mahindra Bank said, "RBI has today communicated to us that our PNCPS issuance does not meet their promoter holding dilution requirement. We continue to believe that we have met the requirement and will engage with the RBI in this behalf."

In a statement to the BSE, Kotak Mahindra Bank said it is unaware of any plans by Berkshire Hathaway to buy a stake in the company.

CNBC-TV18 still awaits response from Berkshire Hathaway.

Though analysts remain unsure of the claims, they believe that the reports would be positive for the bank.

“At this point of time, it is source-based, speculative, etc. so to that extent, I wouldn’t react but then it remains a fundamentally very strong franchise. So if you take care of the technical overhang, a fair amount of supply coming into the market, you can get rid of the distraction then take a more fundamental view. We generally believe that it is a very strong franchise but the return ratio could be under pressure. That would be my take. It is a source-based information, very hard for a fundamental analyst to take a call," said Krishnan ASV of SBICAP Securities.

"Kotak has not commented anything on it but definitely this was being watched out for as to how they are trying to bring down the shareholding from 30 percent to 20 percent and I think if this happens, this takes away the overhang, which is there in the stock. Otherwise, I think Kotak in the current environment is very appropriately positioned to benefit of the overall conditions which are there in terms of gaining the market share, they have built up a very strong liability franchise as well and they have adequate capital on the balance sheet. So they are well prepared for a growth. So fundamentally, it is on a strong footing. The only overhang was in terms of stake dilution and even though it is a speculation as of now, if this news come soon, it will be a positive for the stock," Kunal Shah of Edelweiss Financial Services said.


Source: CNBC-TV18


First Published on Dec 7, 2018 11:05 am
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