RBI extends Rs 7,000-crore special liquidity assistance to DBS Bank: Report


The funds will be used by DBS Bank India to manage the mismatch arising out of erstwhile Lakshmi Vilas Bank’s assets and liabilities, according to a news report.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended nearly Rs 7,000 crore in special liquidity assistance to DBS Bank India to meet its short-term funding needs after the acquisition of the Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB), The Economic Times reported.

A person familiar with the development told the newspaper that the funds will be used to manage the mismatch arising out of LVB’s assets and liabilities. LVB customers are withdrawing funds or are shifting from short to long-term deposits. This may have impacted the bank’s liquidity coverage ratio and forced DBS to reach out to the RBI, the report added.

Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

The short-term fundraising may be charged with interest rates close to or linked to the repo rate, at which the RBI usually lends to banks. This is because the need for this funding may have arisen at DBS due to the acquisition, and not because of its own financial position, the person told The Economic Times.

However, DBS has said there has been “no unusual flight of deposits” from erstwhile LVB and that it is availing liquidity from the central bank under the window that’s available to the banking industry, as per the report.

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