Cabinet clears Dena, Vijaya merger with Bank of Baroda

03 Jan 2019

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Highlights

  • The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank Of Baroda
  • The amalgamation will be the first-ever three-way consolidation of bank in the country
  • Shareholders of the merging banks will receive Bank of Baroda shares

MUMBAI:
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda (BoB) which will create the country’s second-largest public-sector lender after SBI.

The amalgamation will be the first-ever three-way consolidation of banks in the country. Shareholders of the merging banks will receive Bank of Baroda shares. While 1,000 shares of Vijaya Bank will fetch of BoB’s, a similar number of Dena Bank shares will get only 110 of the acquiring bank. The swap ratio was announced by BoB following a board meeting on Wednesday. BoB shares were down 3% of Rs. 119, while those of Dena and Vijaya banks were flat at Rs. 18 and Rs. 51 respectively. Analysts believe that BoB will have to bear the pain of the merger, which would include fair valuation of assets and the cost of integration.

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The merged bank will have a loan book of over Rs. 7.8 lakh crore, 9,475 branches and a network of 13,544 ATMs. The government said the merger, which is effective from April 1, will bring a host of benefits.

It is, however, unclear how the new management structure would evolve. BoB CEO P S Jayakumar, who completed term in October 2018 was given a one-year extension by the government ostensibly to oversee the merger. Vijaya Bank MD & CEO R A Sankara Narayanan’s term ends next January. Karnam Sekar, who moved from SBI to head Dena Bank, has the longest residual service among the three CEOs – until June 2020. One proposal that the government considered to reduce the disruptive impact of the merger was to retain the operations of the two merging banks as business units with their original business name for branch outlets with eventual amalgamation.

The government has made it clear that there will not be any job loss and every permanent employee of the transferor banks shall become employees of BoB and receive employee benefits that are at least on a par with what they would have drawn earlier. The government statement said the board of the transferee bank shall ensure that the interests of all transferring employees and officers of the transferor bank are protected.

About Bank of Baroda Bank of Baroda

(“The Bank”) established on 20th July 1908 is a State-owned banking and financial services organisation, headquartered in Vadodara (earlier known as Baroda) in Gujarat, India.

Bank of Baroda is India’s leading public sector bank with a strong domestic presence supported by self- service channels. The Bank’s distribution network includes 8,200+ branches, 10,000+ ATMs, 1,200+ self-service e-lobbies and 20,000 Business Correspondents. The Bank has a significant international presence with a network of 100 branches/offices of subsidiaries, spanning 20 countries. The Bank has wholly owned subsidiaries including BOB Financial Solutions Limited (erstwhile BOB Cards Ltd.), BOB Capital Markets and Baroda Asset Management India Ltd. Bank of Baroda also has joint ventures for life insurance viz. IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Limited and India Infradebt Ltd., engaged in infrastructure financing. The Bank owns 98.57% in The Nainital Bank. The Bank has also sponsored three Regional Rural Banks namely Baroda Uttar Pradesh Gramin Bank, Baroda Rajasthan Gramin Bank and Baroda Gujarat Gramin Bank.

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