On Wednesday July 21, IDFC Limited said it can now exit as the promoter of IDFC First Bank, as the five year lock-in period has ended.
The company in a communication to stock exchanges mentioned that, “We would like to inform you that the ‘Reserve Bank of India’ has, vide its letter No. DOR..HOL.No.SUO‐75590/16.01.146/2021‐22 as on dated July 20, 2021, it also clarified that after the expiry of lock‐in period of 5 years, IDFC Limited can exit as the promoter of IDFC FIRST Bank Limited.”
IDFC limited also holds 36.56 percent in the bank. The bank has commenced its operations in the month of October 2015 i.e it has completed five years last year as per the records.
According to the rules of RBI, it states that, the shareholding of the non-operative financial holding company, which is the promoter of the bank, should be a minimum of 40 percent of the paid up voting equity capital of the bank which will be locked in for a period of five years from the date of commencement of the business of the bank.
IDFC Bank was given its first licesence by RBI in its partnership along with Bandhan Bank in 2014. In 2018, IDFC Bank Ltd. and Capital First Ltd. announced its completion as they merged and become IDFC First Bank.