SBI plans to promote 14% stake in card unit’s IPO

State Financial institution of India (SBI) plans to lift about Rs eight,000 crore by promoting a minority stake within the preliminary share sale of SBI Playing cards, an organization that has additionally turned out to be a multi-bagger for the lender’s privateequity accomplice within the enterprise – Carlyle.

“State Financial institution of India has initiated the method to promote 14 per cent stake in SBI Playing cards and is seeking to increase Rs eight,000 crore by the general public situation, valuing the corporate at Rs 57,000 crore,” mentioned a supply near the event. “Each SBI and Carlyle will promote stakes within the IPO.”


SBI Playing cards is a three way partnership the place SBI owns 74 per cent. Buyout agency Carlyle, which owns the remaining 26 per cent, will doubtless promote part of its holding within the upcoming IPO. Again in 2017, when Carlyle joined the enterprise as a monetary investor, the valuation was Rs eight,000 crore.

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Carlyle had come into the three way partnership when GE Capital exited after 20 years. Nomura, Axis Capital, Financial institution of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Kotak Mahindra Capital and SBI Caps are bankers to the difficulty, sources informed ET.


The enterprise is operated by two joint-venture firms, SBI Playing cards & Fee Companies and SBI Capital Enterprise Course of Administration Companies, which situation bank cards and course of card transactions within the Indian market. SBI had elevated its stake within the card firm in December 2017 from 60 per cent to 74 per cent by shopping for shares from GE Capital.

The cardboard subsidiary noticed revenue develop 92 per cent to Rs 727 crore within the first half of the present monetary yr from Rs 378 crore. Return on fairness was at 36 per cent.

It’s the second largest bank card firm in India with a card base of 9.5 million after HDFC Financial institution, with over 13 million. In whole spend, the market share is 17.7 per cent whereas by means of card base, it’s 18 per cent.

In FY2019, the corporate’s card base has grown by 32 per cent. Lately, it launched a cobranded card “Apollo SBI”, providing advantages on well being and wellness providers. It additionally launched the “SBI Docs Card”, solely for medical doctors, in partnership with the Indian Medical Affiliation. It’s registered as an NBFC and points bank cards in India.

Final yr, the cardboard firm launched Etihad Visitor SBI Card for frequent worldwide travellers. It additionally launched SME Card for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) section and co-branded bank card with Allahabad Financial institution for the shoppers of Allahabad Financial institution.

SBI entered the bank cards enterprise in 1998 by partnering GE Capital India, the patron finance arm of GE Capital. SBI owned 40 per cent and 60 per cent stake within the two JVs. It later raised its stake to 74 per cent in December 2017.

SBI Playing cards, which is into each particular person and company card segments, has plenty of partnerships exterior the SBI. It has tie-ups with Capital First, IRCTC, Air India, Ola, Yatra, Bharat Petroleum and a bunch of PSU banks.