scorecardresearchWhat makes the HDFC-HDFC Bank merger a game-changer in the financial services
By integrating HDFC's subsidiary companies, the merger amplifies HDFC Bank's capabilities and diversifies its portfolio of financial services.

What makes the HDFC-HDFC Bank merger a game-changer in the financial services industry?

Updated: 05 Jul 2023, 02:43 PM IST

The increased branch network of over 8,300 ensures wider accessibility for customers, reinforcing HDFC Bank's position as a leading financial institution.

In a groundbreaking move, HDFC Ltd and HDFC Bank have merged, creating a combined entity that solidifies their position as the largest player in the banking and housing finance sectors in India.

The merger, which took effect on July 1, 2023, brings together two industry leaders, promising significant benefits for shareholders, customers, and the overall financial landscape. 

With a net worth of over 4.14 lakh crore and a combined asset base of more than 18 lakh crore, HDFC Bank becomes the fourth largest bank globally in terms of market capitalization.

In this article, we will discuss how this merger changes the face of financial services in the country.

How does this merger reshape the landscape of the financial industry?

Amidst the steady growth of the Indian economy, the merger will bring benefits to both shareholders and customers.

Strengthened financial position

By integrating HDFC's subsidiary companies, the merger amplifies HDFC Bank's capabilities and diversifies its portfolio of financial services. With access to a broader range of offerings, HDFC Bank becomes a one-stop destination for various financial needs. 

The increased branch network of over 8,300 ensures wider accessibility for customers, reinforcing HDFC Bank's position as a leading financial institution.

A holistic ecosystem of financial services

The merger between HDFC Bank and HDFC paves the way for the creation of a comprehensive ecosystem of financial services. As HDFC Bank evolves into a financial services conglomerate, it can now provide a suite of products and services ranging from banking and insurance to mutual funds. 

This transformation enables HDFC Bank to cater to diverse customer needs, strengthening its competitive edge in the market.

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Expanding business offerings

With the integration of HDFC's subsidiaries, HDFC Bank gains access to new avenues for business expansion. The merger allows HDFC Bank to leverage the expertise and offerings of HDFC's housing finance, insurance, and asset management divisions. 

This synergy opens doors for cross-selling opportunities and ensures a more comprehensive range of financial solutions for customers.

Technological advancements

HDFC Bank's vision includes significant investments in digital capabilities to transform into a technology-driven banking institution. Over the next three years, the bank plans to unveil innovative digital solutions that will enhance customer experiences and simplify banking processes. 

By embracing technology, HDFC Bank aims to strengthen its position as a leader in the digital banking space.

Focus on customer delight

The merger emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong customer relationships. HDFC Bank recognizes the emotional significance of the home loan product and aims to leverage this bond to deepen customer engagement.

With HDFC's expertise in the mortgage sector, HDFC Bank can further enhance its home loan offerings and expand its reach within its customer base. The merger presents an opportunity to leverage HDFC Bank's extensive distribution network for increased penetration in the home loan market.

Long-term growth potential

The merger positions HDFC Bank for sustained growth. By adopting a relationship management model and cross-selling financial products and services, HDFC Bank aims to capitalize on the synergies created by incorporating HDFC's subsidiaries.

The expanded offerings, combined with the bank's ambitious plan to add approximately 1,500 branches annually, will facilitate the bank's growth trajectory and enable it to better serve the middle class and upper segments of the population.

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What do the experts believe?

We reached out to several financial experts to gather their insights on the transformative potential of this merger in the financial industry.

Adhil Shetty, CEO,

"Congratulations to the two behemoths on the merger, and also to a truly inspirational leader I have worked with, Renu Sud Karnad. Renu has tremendous knowledge of building large, successful organisations and I wish her well.”

“This is the next phase of HDFC and we look forward to working with the combined entity. Home loans need to also go fully digital. This will require the ability to sign sale deeds digitally requiring legal changes which we are asking for in the Digital India Act. The merger will also provide a single service institution and a reputed brand for all financial products."

Narendra Solanki, Head Fundamental Research - Investment Services, Anand Rathi Shares and Stock Brokers

“The merger between HDFC and HDFC Bank is seen as a strategic move that will also have certain regulatory advantages for both companies. Also, regulations surrounding banks and NBFCs have been harmonised in the past few years, enabling easy merger decisions.”

“This move will be a key differentiator to prompt many large banks in the Indian Financial domain to revamp their internal efficiency to compete. Also, it will create systemic pressure to diversify products and build compatible features with the technology advancement for new age customers to protect their turf. Moreover, these synergies would create a large balance sheet and net worth which would allow a greater flow of credit into the economy.”

Dev Ashish, SEBI Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and Founder, Stableinvestor

“While current 2-entity structure worked remarkably well for decades and brought both behemoths to where they are today, going forward, the merged entity will have more synergies and further solidify its position as the biggest player in the Indian financial landscape.”

“The merger decision was inevitable and expected for long, given the economies that come from it also due to the reduced regulatory arbitrage between running a NBFC and a bank now. And while marketcap may not be the best measure to compare global peers, nevertheless the new HDFC Bank is expected to become the 4th largest bank by marketcap in the world.”

Viral Bhatt, Founder, Money Mantra

“The HDFC merger is a game-changer in the financial services industry. With a market capitalization of over INR 14 trillion, it becomes the second-largest company in India. This provides a significant advantage in terms of market share and product offerings. The merger allows for a wider range of financial services, increased operational efficiency, and a stronger balance sheet.”

“Additionally, the HDFC brand's trust and reputation are further enhanced. Overall, the merger brings positive developments, such as increased competition, improved efficiency, and better customer experience. It may also lead to industry consolidation and innovation. This major event will have a lasting impact on the Indian financial services industry, benefiting consumers and businesses alike.”

With a focus on employee welfare, customer delight, and technological advancements, HDFC Bank is poised to create a holistic ecosystem of financial services and redefine the future of banking in India.

HDFC Ltd & HDFC Bank Merger: The Fineprint
HDFC Ltd & HDFC Bank Merger: The Fineprint
First Published: 05 Jul 2023, 11:02 AM IST