scorecardresearchL&T drops plan to seek banking licence: Report

L&T drops plan to seek banking licence: Report

Updated: 13 Feb 2023, 11:12 AM IST
TL;DR.
Earlier, L&T was weighing the option of applying for a full-fledged banking licence and had even appointed an internal committee to study the opportunity.
Now, the company is focusing on retail business through its non-banking finance arm Larsen & Toubro Finance

Now, the company is focusing on retail business through its non-banking finance arm Larsen & Toubro Finance

Larsen & Toubro has finally decided to drop its plan to turn its financial services arm into a full-fledged bank after the banking regulator indicated that it was not going to grant banking licences to large corporations, reported Business Line

“I don’t think the company is interested in a banking licence now. We realised that the Reserve Bank is not very favourably disposed towards granting banking licences to large industrial groups which are incidentally large consumers of banking products and services,” Shankar Raman, Whole Time-Director & Chief Financial Officer, Larsen & Toubro, told Business Line.

Earlier, L&T was weighing the option of applying for a full-fledged banking licence and had even appointed an internal committee to study the opportunity.

Focus on retail

Now, the company is focusing on retail business through its non-banking finance arm Larsen & Toubro Finance. In 2022, the company had announced plans to completely exit the wholesale and realty funding business of L&T Finance within two years.

“We are now focusing on being a very efficient retail product-focused digitally-enabled tech company. Retail loans both in the urban market and rural market are what L&T Finance will do and that can be done in a non-banking format. We do not have to necessarily become a bank,” he added.

“We have had ambitions to take a banking licence for a long time. But we could not get it previously. There are good reasons to be in the NBFC space and there are pros and cons to becoming a full-fledged bank,” SN Subrahmanyan, CEO and Managing Director, L&T said.

 

First Published: 13 Feb 2023, 11:12 AM IST