Shares of private lender
IDFC First Bank
fell as much as 6% on Tuesday, while those of
rose as much as 6% after the bank’s board on Monday approved a reverse merger of the two firms in a bid to simplify their corporate structure and ease regulatory compliance.
Under the proposed deal, non-bank lender IDFC’s shareholders will receive 155 shares of IDFC First Bank for each set of 100 shares they currently own in the former, valuing the deal at 127.02 rupees per share, a 16.3% premium to IDFC’s last close.
IDFC stock hit an all-time high, while IDFC First Bank had its steepest intraday decline since December last year.
The merger announcement comes days after
Housing Development Finance Corp
merged with HDFC Bank in a $40 billion deal, the largest in India’s corporate history.