Mumbai : Infrastructure financing firm IDFC has reduced the foreign shareholding limit by 0.75 per cent to 51.50 per cent in view of its plans to rollout banking services next year.
The company, which received a commercial banking licence in April, plans to start bank operations by October next year. The banking regulations require that a bank should be floated by a domestic entity and it should pare foreign investor holding to 49 per cent to run banking services. RBI said IDFC passed resolutions at the Board of Directors’ level and a special resolution by the shareholders, agreeing for decreasing the limit for the purchase of its equity shares and convertible debentures by FIIs/RFPIs to 49 per cent before launching the banking services.
“The Reserve Bank of India notified that Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs)/Registered Foreign Portfolios Investors (RFPIs), through primary market and stock exchanges, can now purchase up to 51.50 per cent of the paid up capital of IDFC Limited under Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS),” RBI said in a notification.
Earlier the foreign shareholding in the company was at
52.25 per cent.
FIIs, NRIs and PIOs (Persons of Indian Origins) can invest
in primary and secondary capital markets in India through
Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS).
The RBI monitors the ceilings on FII/NRI/PIO investments
in Indian companies on a daily basis.