HDFC Bank merger with HDFC nears closure, awaits record date

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HDFC Bank – HDFC Merger Record Date Announcement Soon

India’s Leading Lender and Largest Mortgage Financier Combine Forces in a Landmark Merger

The highly anticipated merger between India’s most valuable lender and the nation’s largest mortgage financier is rapidly approaching its final stage. This landmark merger has the potential to create the world’s fifth-most valuable bank, captivating the attention of investors worldwide. As the merger enters its last crucial step, stakeholders eagerly await the announcement of the “record date” for the swapping of shares between Housing Development Finance Corp. (HDFC) and HDFC Bank Ltd., expected to occur within the next three weeks. With the merged entity projected to operate under the HDFC Bank ticker by July 20, this process, initiated in April 2022, will conclude, reshaping the banking landscape in India.

Unprecedented Impact on Customers, Shareholders, and Businesses:

The merger between HDFC and HDFC Bank represents an unprecedented event in the Indian banking sector, giving rise to a banking powerhouse valued at an impressive $168 billion. The implications of this union extend far beyond the financial realm, affecting tens of millions of customers, shareholders, and even group insurance and asset management businesses associated with the two entities.

Thorough Planning and Regulatory Approvals:

To ensure a smooth integration, a dedicated team consisting of three members from each company, supported by multiple committees, has diligently worked on a comprehensive business integration plan. Simultaneously, legal approvals were sought from various stakeholders, including shareholders, regulatory bodies overseeing banking, securities markets, and competition, as well as stock exchanges. Ultimately, the company law tribunal granted the final approval in March, facilitating the merger’s progress.

Advanced Technological Integration:

Keki Mistry, the chief executive officer of the mortgage lender, affirmed that the necessary approvals were obtained promptly, enabling the integration of technology platforms to reach an advanced stage. Mistry expressed optimism, stating that the target is for the merger to become effective in early July, solidifying the consolidation of the two financial powerhouses.

Finalizing the Merger:

Once the merger takes effect, a crucial “cut-off date” will be announced, determining the eligibility of HDFC shareholders to receive HDFC Bank shares. Trading of HDFC shares will cease on the specified date, followed by a one to two-week period for the allocation and listing of the new shares. As part of the merger arrangement, HDFC Bank will allocate 42 new shares for every 25 shares of HDFC, ensuring a fair exchange for shareholders. In an effort to minimize disruptions, HDFC aims to coordinate the record date with the suspension of HDFC shares and the subsequent allocation of HDFC Bank shares to its extensive shareholder base of over 740,000 individuals.

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The Significance of the Ex-Date:

Preceding the record date is the ex-date, during which the price adjustment between the merging companies takes place. Anil Ghelani, head of passive investments and products at DSP Asset Managers Ltd., explained that on the ex-date, the share price of HDFC Bank will be adjusted to incorporate the value of HDFC. This adjustment holds considerable importance for key stock indexes, which include both companies, as well as for index funds and ETFs linked to these indexes.

Impact on Stock Indexes:

Under the new rules established by Nifty Indices, HDFC will be excluded from any index on the ex-date, while the value of HDFC Bank will be updated. The previous rules dictated that companies be excluded from the index at the start of the merger process. However, this policy underwent modification shortly after the HDFC merger announcement, given that both financial giants rank among the top five constituents of the benchmark National Stock Exchange’s Nifty

About HDFC Bank:

HDFC Bank Limited, based in Mumbai, is a prominent Indian bank and provider of financial services. It holds the position as the largest private sector bank in India in terms of assets and ranks as the 11th largest bank globally in terms of market capitalization as of April 2023.

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