Axis Bank To Raise Rs 18,000 Crore 
Pedestrians walk past an Axis Bank Ltd. branch in Mumbai. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Axis Bank To Raise Rs 18,000 Crore 

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Axis Bank Ltd. said its board has approved raising up to Rs 18,000 crore through the issue of equity shares, depository receipts or convertible securities.

The Board of Directors of the bank approved the proposal in this regard in the meeting held Saturday, the private lender said in a regulatory filing.

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The bank is one of the worst-affected private lenders after the Reserve Bank of India’s asset quality review, which led to a huge increase in bad loans over past three years.

The bank’s provisioning for bad loans reduced to Rs 2,711 crore in the fourth quarter of 2018-19 from Rs 7,179 crore over last year, according to regulatory filings.

The bank said that the fund will be raised through issue of equity shares/depository receipts and/or any other instruments or securities representing either equity shares and/or convertible securities linked to equity shares including through Qualified Institutional Placement / American Depository Receipts/ Global Depository Receipts programme, preferential allotment or such other permissible mode or combinations as may be considered appropriate.

The fund will be raised subject to shareholder’s approval to the fund raising proposal through postal ballot process.

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