Nation’s largest lender State Bank of India and the German development bank KfW signed a USD 300 million loan agreement to support rural and micro-enterprise lending in the country.
With a focus on agricultural and microenterprise loans, the facility is designed to further strengthen and extend SBI’s priority sector lending activities, the bank said. “We are glad that KfW has chosen us as its partner to foster a focused growth in agriculture sector where we are already a market leader with more than 20 percent of the market share," SBI’s managing director V G Kannan said. SBI will be onlending these funds to underserved sectors, thereby contributing to the generation of growth, employment and income, it said in a statement.
KfW director general (Europe and Asia) Roland Siller said, “Joining hands with India’s largest bank provides an unprecedented opportunity to translate that objective into reality.” The loan has a maturity of 15 years. The entire process of fund raising was facilitated by SBI’s subsidiary, SBI Capital Markets.
SBI stock price On October 08, 2015, at 11:02 hrs State Bank of India was quoting at Rs 244.80, up Rs 1.45, or 0.60 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 335.90 and the 52-week low was Rs 220.60. The company’s trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 17.32 per share as per the quarter ended June 2015. The stock’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 14.13.
The latest book value of the company is Rs 165.49 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 1.48.