Kerala-based Catholic Syrian Bank (CSB) has reported a net profit of Rs 53 crore for the past six months ended September 2017 as against a loss of Rs 40.5 crore a year ago driven by treasury profit and increase in operational efficiency. The bank’s total income rose to Rs 835 crore, from Rs 814 crore a year ago.
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NPAs dropped to Rs 462.7 crore, from Rs 503.6 crore a year ago. In percentage terms, NPAs dropped to 5.7 per cent from 5.76 per cent of total assets. Net NPAs dropped to Rs 330.6 crore, from Rs 405.5 crore a year ago. In percentage terms, bad loans were 4.14 per cent of total loans compared to 4.69 per cent a year ago.
The bank is one of India’s oldest private sector banks, with its headquarters in Thrissur district. For over nine decades, the bank has remained a neighbourhood lender. The company has a strong base in Kerala. It also has significant presence in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. The bank is a full service bank offering Neighborhood Banking, NRI Services, SME and Wholesale banking services through it’s 430 branches and 240 ATMs across the country.
Some of the well known shareholders of Catholic Syrian Bank include LuLu Group MD Yusuffali M.A., Federal Bank, Bridge India Fund, and Edelweiss Finance and Investments.
Key focus areas of the bank are small and medium enterprises, retail clients, and non-resident Indians (NRIs). It has a strong deposit book as most of its NRI customers and expatriates in the Gulf send money home through bank’s network.
The Rs 856-crore claim by Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India (MSEI) against National Stock Exchange (NSE) is scheduled for hearing by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on 10 October 2017. MSEI had dragged NSE to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) citing monopolistic practices. The competition watchdog held NSE guilty and asked it to compensate MSEI.
Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India (MSEI), India’s new stock exchange, is recognised by Securities & Exchange Board of India. It is India’s third functional and recognised stock exchange after BSE and NSE. There is huge demand for shares of MSEI due to strong listing of BSE and upcoming IPO of NSE. A clutch of financial institutions now own more than 34% of MSEI, as do investors including Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Radhakishan Damani and Nemish Shah.
In 2008, both MSEI and NSE launched currency future contracts almost simultaneously. NSE priced the transaction charges on these contracts at zero and given NSE’s dominant position, MSEI was left with no choice but to adopt zero pricing as well.
This made a significant and material dent in the financial position of MSEI, which filed a complaint with CCI alleging predatory pricing (waiver of transaction fees, data-feed fees and admission fees) wherein CCI found NSE guilty and imposed a fine of Rs 55.5 crore. NSE filed an appeal with the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT), which too found NSE guilty. NSE then moved the Supreme Court and its appeal is still pending.
According to the process, the exchange has filed an application for award of compensation against NSE for Rs 856 crore before COMPAT, pending the appeal. Now, as COMPAT ceased to exist (from May 26), all pending matters before COMPAT stand transferred to the NCLAT.
Udai Kumar, MD & CEO of MSEI,said, “MSEI started out as a fast-growing exchange with immense potential, when it was deeply impacted by the financial burden imposed by NSE’s predatory pricing. Speedy disposal of this matter is the need of the hour. “It will encourage transparency and compliance with existing competition laws and practices across the spectrum and also dis-incentivise anti-competitive practises and misuse of dominant position.”
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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) and the Ministry of corporate affairs is considering making dematerialisation (demat) of shares mandatory for all unlisted companies. While listed firms are required to maintain shares in dematerialised form, there is no such specific requirement in the case of unlisted entities — both public and private.
Sebi rules require all listed companies to dematerialise shares. About 70,000 public limited companies are unlisted and more than 1 million private limited companies are registered with the corporate affairs ministry.
An unlisted public company is one which has more than 50 shareholders, a higher minimum capital requirement of Rs5 lakh and needs to comply with statutory requirements such as holding meeting with shareholders and capping director remuneration.
A meeting of the depositories National Securities Depository Ltd and Central Depository Services Ltd on 12 September 2017 to gauge their preparedness and the transition requirements to meet the proposal. Considering the number of companies and shares, it could be a massive exercise.
The move will bring down the number of frauds relating to dividend payouts and equity shares. In the absence of 100% demat of securities of listed or unlisted public companies, fundamentally weak companies can always issue duplicate shares to their promoters/persons, which can be pledged with different financiers to get funding.
Dematerialisation, or demat, is the process by which physical certificates of an investor are converted to an equivalent number of securities in electronic form and is aimed at eliminating fraud and theft while making trades trackable. India embarked on the process in 1996 and almost all shares of listed companies are held in the demat form. India has about 6,000 listed companies.
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