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Yes Bank Shares Revive As LIC Board Approves 5% Stake Acquisition

Yes Bank Limited is an Indian Private Sector Bank

Yes Bank Ltd shares surge almost 5% after LIC acquired close to 5% stake in the private lender by purchasing shares in the open market.

Life Insurance Corporation

The surge in the share price comes a day after the private lender announces that Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has increased its stake in Yes Bank by almost 5% from the last quarter.

LIC, which is among the biggest upcoming IPO, holds a stake in a number of large-cap listed companies. LIC increased its stake through the FPO of Yes Bank that closed with a 95% subscription. Yes Bank shares on Friday closed at Rs14.10.

According to the Yes Banks’s exchange filing, LIC’s stake in the private sector lender has increased from 0.75% to 4.98%, post FPO subscription of LIC. The filing stated LIC has purchase 105.98 crore shares, reflecting a 4.23% stake of the bank from the open market.

Prior to the FPO subscription, LIC held 19 crores shares of LIC and 0.75% stake in the bank. The period of acquisition is between 21st September 2017 to 31st 2020.

Earlier this week, Global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Yes Bank’s ratings following the recent equity capital raising.

Moody's is the bond credit rating business of Moody's Corporation,

The rating agency upgraded the long-term foreign-currency issuer rating to B3 from Caa1. Moody’s has also upgraded the bank’s long-term foreign and local currency bank deposit ratings to B3 from Caa1, and its foreign currency senior unsecured MTN program rating to (P)B3 from (P)Caa1.

Yes Bank’s successful equity capital raise of Rs 15,000 crore is the major reason behind the upgrade, which upheld its solvency.

Following the capital increase, the bank’s Common Equity Tier 1 ratio will more than double to 13.4 percent from 6.6 percent based on the bank’s capital position at the end of June 2020, bringing its capitalization largely in line with its private-sector peers.

“The significantly improved solvency ratio strengthens the bank’s resilience to potential asset quality risks resulting from the ongoing impact of the economic slowdown and coronavirus-related disruptions on India’s economy”.

Yes Bank’s funding and liquidity have moderately improved in the second quarter of 2020, although they are still weaker than a year ago. Deposits, including current, savings and term deposits, increased 11 percent during March and June 2020, but remain 48 percent less than the same period last year.

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