SBI Card Says IPO Process Initiated, Decision On Timing To Hit Market At Appropriate Time
People stand outside a State Bank of India Ltd. branch at night in Bengaluru, India. (Photographer: Karen Dias/Bloomberg)

SBI Card Says IPO Process Initiated, Decision On Timing To Hit Market At Appropriate Time

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SBI Card has initiated the process for an initial share sale and the decision on when to come out with the offer will be taken at an appropriate time, a senior company official said on Monday.

As per the request for proposal for book running lead managers floated by the SBI Card, the company intends to tap capital markets via initial public offering through 'offer for sale' by dilution of up to 14 percent of the issued and paid up capital (up to 13.05 crore) equity shares and primary issuance of up to Rs 1,000 crore.

India's largest bank State Bank of India holds 74 percent stake in the SBI Card and the rest is held by Carlyle Group.

"As we go forward, we will actually take a call (on IPO) and that call is to be taken by the promoters at some point of time this decision will be taken," SBI Card Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Hardayal Prasad said.

Currently, the market is volatile and the timing of hitting the market would depend on how it is panning out, he added.

The company floated expression of interest for selection of book running lead managers, domestic legal council and international legal council for the proposed share offering last month.

Talking about the strengths of the company, Prasad said SBI Card has made massive investment in digitisation and technology.

According to him, the credit business has huge potential to grow in view of very low penetration in the country.

He said there were only three credit cards for a population of 100, while it was 165 in Singapore and 250 cards in Hong Kong.

So, there is a lot of scope for growth of credit cards in the country, he added.

As per the Reserve Bank of India, SBI Card ranked second with the credit card base and credit card spends capturing 17.6 percent and 17.1 percent market share in the respective categories.

The company posted year-on-year growth of 32.17 percent with the credit card base of over 8.27 million as on March 31, 2019 as compared to 6.26 million as on March 31, 2018.

It posted an annual credit card spends (excluding cross sell) of Rs 103,170 crore as on March, 2019, up 34.9 percent over March 2018.

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