Federal Bank pares gains as lender denies merger report; rises 9% intra-day


Shares of hit a record high of Rs 129.70 as they rallied 9 per cent on the BSE in Monday’s intra-day trade amid heavy volumes. The spike in volumes came after reports emerged of the bank’s merger with another private sector bank.

On its part, has denied the report saying it is speculative in nature.

“We wish to clarify categorically that the report of a merger between and another private bank is speculative in nature,” Federal Bank said in exchange filing on clarification on item appearing in media.

In this regard, we would like to state that there is no information available with the Company as of today, which is required to be reported under extant SEBI Regulations, and which may have a bearing on the stock price of the Company, Federal Bank said. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

At 12:03 pm, Federal Bank was trading nearly 4 per cent higher at Rs 123.90, as compared to 0.63 per cent rise in the S&P BSE Sensex. The average trading volumes on the counter nearly doubled, with a combined 49.06 million equity shares having changed hands on the NSE and BSE.

Meanwhile, in the past three months, the stock price of Federal Bank has appreciated by 44 per cent as the bank reported a healthy operational performance led by strong business growth in June quarter (Q1FY23). In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex has gained 6 per cent during the same period.

In Q1FY23, Federal Bank reported the highest-ever net profit of Rs 601 crore, up 64 per cent year-on-year (YoY) from Rs 367 crore in Q1FY22. Net interest income grew 13 per cent YoY at Rs 1,605 crore from Rs 1,418 crore in a year ago quarter. The gross non-performing asset (NPA) and net NPA ratios improved 81 bps and 29 bps respectively. GNPA and NNPA brought down to 2.69 per cent and 0.94 per cent respectively.

Management confidence guiding growth of 16-18 per cent remains encouraging. The bank’s healthy business traction and diversified mix to aid earnings. Digital & fintech partnerships to aid growth in deposit franchise. The focus on high yield products (CV/CE, micro & personal loans) to aid margins, analysts at ICICI Securities had said in their result update.

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