Finance ministry initiates process for finding new SBI chief
New Delhi: The finance ministry has initiated the process for finding new chief of the country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) as Arundhati Bhattacharya’s extended term comes to an end on 6 October.
“Department of Financial Services has communicated to Banks Board Bureau the emerging vacancies at the top level of PSU banks which will have to be filled during course of the year,” a senior finance ministry official said. This also includes chairman and one managing director of the SBI, which alone has market share of more than 20%.
Bhattacharya will complete her four-year term as chairperson of SBI on 6 October. Besides chairman, SBI has four managing directors looking after different departments. The post assumes significance as the bank has recently merged five associates and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) pushing SBI into the league of top 50 banks globally in terms of assets. State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Travancore (SBT), besides BMB, merged with SBI with effect from 1 April.
The process of integration would at least take a year. The government had in February approved the merger of these five associate banks with SBI. Later in March, the Cabinet approved merger of BMB as well. SBI first merged State Bank of Saurashtra with itself in 2008. Two years later, State Bank of Indore was merged with it.
For the fourth quarter ended March 2017, the bank reported more than doubling of its net profit on the back of increased lending and reduction in provisioning for bad loans. Net profit of the bank on standalone basis rose to Rs2,814.82 crore for the March quarter as against Rs1,263.81 crore in the same period of previous fiscal 2015-16.
For the entire fiscal ended March 2017, the net profit of the bank improved by 5.36% to Rs10,484 crore as against Rs9,951 crore in the previous fiscal. With stock prices inching up, SBI has lined up share sale through which it intends to raise Rs15,000 crore during the current fiscal.
It is in the process of appointing six merchant bankers for managing its proposed share sale. The central government holds 62.22% stake in the bank as of March 2017.