DCB Bank buys 5.81% stake in Annapurna Microfinance

DCB Bank Ltd has acquired a 5.81 per cent stake in Odisha-based Annapurna Microfinance Pvt Ltd for Rs 9.99 crore (about $1.5 million).

The move strengthens the business partnership between the two companies, Murli M Natrajan, managing director and CEO at DCB Bank, said in a statement filed to stock exchanges. DCB’s microfinance initiatives help it achieve its financial inclusion goals, he added.

DCB, formally known as Development Credit Bank, was founded in 1995. It has 176 branches in 17 states and two union territories in India. 

Gobinda Pattnaik, managing director at Annapurna Microfinance, said the transaction will help it strive forward to achieve its goal of serving the financially underserved. “This capital infusion is a mandate for growth,” he said.

Annapurna focuses on rural locations of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. It has 14 branches each in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh and six in Chhattisgarh. It has half a million members and assets under management of Rs 720 crore.

The latest transaction values Annapurna at Rs 172 crore. The firm had earlier also raised funding. In April last year, it secured Rs 25 crore in a Series C round of funding from Samridhi Fund, which is managed by SIDBI Venture Capital Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of state-run SIDBI and an existing investor in the firm.

In 2014, the microlender raised Rs 30 crore in a Series B round of funding led by Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries, with participation from the existing investor Incofin Investment Management's Rural Impulse Fund II.

The firm posted total income of Rs 61.61 crore for the six-month period ended September 20, 2015, up from Rs 22.69 crore a year earlier, according to its half-yearly audit report. Net profit jumped to Rs 6.85 crore from Rs 58 lakh. 

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