Shareholders of Lakshmi Vilas Bank may get nothing from proposed merger

As per the proposed merger, RBI has said that Lakshmi Vilas Bank shall cease to exist, and its shares or debentures listed in any stock exchange shall stand delisted.
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The shareholders of the 94-year-old Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) may not be getting anything as per the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) draft scheme for its amalgamation with DBS Bank India. The draft scheme also states the employees of the LVB will become the employees of the DBS Bank and the latter can discontinue the services of key managerial personnel of the former following due procedure after the appointed date.

On Tuesday, the RBI announced its decision to amalgamate the LVB with the DBS Bank India. It also placed the LVB on moratorium for 30 days with a withdrawal limit of Rs 25,000 and superseded its Board, owing to serious deterioration in the lender's financial position. T.N. Manoharan, a former Non-Executive Chairman of Canara Bank, has been appointed as the Administrator of the bank.

As per the draft amalgamation scheme, the RBI has said on and from the appointed date, the entire amount of the paid-up share capital and reserves and surplus, including the balances in the share/securities premium account of the transferor bank (LVB), shall stand written off.

On and from the appointed date, the transferor bank shall cease to exist by operation of the scheme, and its shares or debentures listed in any stock exchange shall stand delisted without any further action from the transferor bank, transferee bank (DBS Bank India) or order from any authority.

As regards LVB employees, they will continue in service and be deemed to have been appointed in the DBS Bank India at the same remuneration and on the same terms and conditions of service, as were applicable to such employees immediately before the close of business on November 17.

However, the RBI scheme also provides for DBS Bank India to discontinue the services of key managerial personnel of LVB after following the due procedure at any time, after the appointed date, as it deems necessary and providing them compensation as per the terms of their employment.

Similarly, DBS Bank India shall have the option of merging LVB branches according to its convenience and may close down or shift the existing branches as per the extant instructions issued by the RBI.

Meanwhile, DBS Bank said in a statement that the proposed amalgamation will provide stability and better prospects to Lakshmi Vilas Bank’s depositors, customers and employees following a time of uncertainty. At the same time, the proposed amalgamation will allow DBIL to scale its customer base and network, particularly in South India, which has longstanding and close business ties with Singapore.

“To support the amalgamation, DBS will inject INR 2,500 crore (SGD 463 million) into DBIL if the scheme is approved. This will be fully funded from DBS’ existing resources. DBS will await final decision on the proposed scheme from RBI and the Government of India, and will announce further details at a later stage,” the company added.

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