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HDFC Bank & Kotak Mahindra Bank to Pick up 9.99% Stake Each in Ferbine Pvt Ltd

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HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank to pick upOn 25th February 2021, the HDFC bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank acquired 9.99% stakes each in Ferbine Private Limited, a company promoted by Tata Sons, which plans to apply to the Reserve Bank of India to set up a Pan India Umbrella entity(PUE) for retail payments.

HDFC Bank:

i.HDFC bank has executed an agreement to subscribe 4995 equity shares each of face value Rs.10 each fully paid up issued by Ferbine for a consideration of Rs.10 per equity share.

ii.The acquisition of cash consideration of Rs.49950 will be completed by the end of February 2021.

Kotak Mahindra Bank:

Kotak Mahindra Bank has also subscribed 4995 equity shares for Rs.49950 which translated into an equity shareholding of 9.99% on 25th February 2021.

Umbrella Entity:

  • Umbrella Entity shall be a company authorised by RBI under Section 4 of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007
  • The umbrella entity shall have a minimum paid-up capital of Rs.500 crore.
  • A minimum net-worth of Rs.300 crore shall be maintained at all times.
  • RBI guidelines mandate that applicants have at least three years of experience in the payments space.
  • Umbrella Entity will be entitled to set up, manage and operate new payment systems in the retail space including ATMs, PoS, Aadhaar-based payments and remittance services.
  • The PUE is expected to develop systems that able to interact and be interoperable to the extent possible with the existing systems operated by NPCI.
  • Unlike NPCI, the PUE can be a for-profit entity. No single promoter is allowed to have more than 40 percent investment in the capital of the PUE, as per RBI guidelines.
  • The promoter shareholding can be diluted to a minimum of 25 percent after five years of the commencement of business of the umbrella entity.

Key Points:

i.Ferbine Private Limited was incorporated on 18th January 2021 to make an application to RBI for the PUE license.

ii.The main business of the company is to operate a pan India PUE for retail payment systems.

iii.The RBI’s last day for applying for an umbrella entity for retail payments

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About HDFC Bank:

MD & CEO– Sashidhar Jagdishan
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tagline– We Understand your World

About Kotak Mahindra Bank:

MD & CEO– Uday Kotak
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tagline– Let’s Make Money Simple, Ab Kona Kona Kotak