HDFC Sells Gruh Finance Shares Worth Nearly Rs 1,665 Crore 
A customer withdraws a stack of Indian twenty rupee banknotes (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

HDFC Sells Gruh Finance Shares Worth Nearly Rs 1,665 Crore 

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Mortgage lender Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. on Friday offloaded 6.74 crore shares of Gruh Finance Ltd., worth nearly Rs 1,665 crore through open market transaction.

"The sale was carried out through stock exchanges at the prevailing market price. The average price was Rs 247.15 per equity share," HDFC said in a regulatory filing. Bandhan Bank had agreed to takeover Gruh Finance, the affordable housing finance arm of HDFC, in a share swap deal in January.

"...the Reserve Bank of India had granted its approval to the corporation to acquire and hold only 9.9 percent or less of the paid-up share capital of Bandhan as against its entitlement of 14.96 percent of the paid-up share capital of Bandhan upon the scheme becoming effective," it said.

HDFC sold the shares in compliance with the central bank's directions. Earlier on May 24 and June 14, the mortgage lender had sold 7.57 crore shares of Gruh Finance, it said.

As per the block deal data available on the exchanges, HDFC sold 6.47 crore shares of Gruh Finance on National Stock Exchange, while it sold 27 lakh shares on BSE.

The shares sold on BSE were bought by Societe Generale, while those sold on NSE were bought by SBI Blue Chip Fund, Goldman Sachs Singapore, The Master Trust Bank Of Japan, and Nomura Funds Ireland, the data showed.

"Post completion of the aforesaid sale of shares, the corporation would hold 38.22 percent of paid-up share capital of Gruh," it said. Shares of Gruh Finance on Friday closed at Rs 258.40, up 3.55 per cent on the BSE.

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