RBI Lifts Restrictions On Equitas Small Finance Bank After Listing Of Shares
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RBI Lifts Restrictions On Equitas Small Finance Bank After Listing Of Shares

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Equitas Holdings Ltd. on Monday said the Reserve Bank of India has lifted the restrictions imposed on its small finance bank subsidiary in September last year.

The RBI lifted the restrictions on Equitas Small Finance Bank subsequent to the listing of its equity shares, Equitas Holdings said in a BSE filing.

"Subsequent to the listing of equity shares of...ESFB, RBI vide its letter dated Nov. 9, 2020 has acceded to request of the bank for lifting the regulatory restrictions," it said.

RBI had restricted Equitas from opening new branches and froze the remuneration of the managing director and chief executive officer at the then-existing level.

"In this connection, we accede to your request for lifting the regulatory restrictions imposed on Equitas Small Finance Bank vide our letter dated Sept. 6, 2019," the RBI letter attached with the filing said.

The shares of Equitas were listed on stock exchanges NSE and BSE with effect from Nov. 2, 2020.

The listing of the banking subsidiary has been in compliance with requirements of guidelines of licensing of small finance bank by RBI, Equitas Holdings said in a filing last week.

Also read: Equitas Small Finance Bank Shares Close 0.6% Below IPO Price On Debut

As per the guidelines, SFBs with net worth of Rs 500 crore have to mandatorily list their shares within three years of starting operations.

However, those below Rs 500 crore net worth can list their shares voluntarily.

ESFB started its operations in September 2016.

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