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Yes Bank’s FDI plan sent to Cabinet panel

The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) on Monday cleared two foreign direct investment (FD) proposals worth Rs 89.33 crore while referring the Rs 2,650 crore proposal of Yes Bank for consideration of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

FDI proposals of up to Rs 1,200 crore were cleared by Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), while investments over Rs 1,200 crore were considered by CCEA. The proposals cleared include Mauritius-based WCP Holdings III plan to acquire shares of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) from an existing financial institution shareholder. The proposal entails investment of Rs 88.87 crore. Another proposal of Rs 46 lakh of Sunij Pharma Pvt Ltd of Ahmedabad was also cleared by the board headed by the Economic Affairs Secretary.

However, Yes Bank proposal to increase foreign equity participation through a qualified institutional placement (QIP) of shares to eligible non-residents or issue of GDRs to foreign institutional investors (FIIs) was referred to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. The bank has got board approval to raise up to $500 million. The bank may take the qualified institutional placement or QIP route to raise this money.

The Foreign Investment Promotion Board has deferred two proposals, including that of India Pvt Ltd of Bangalore.

The Board decided that the proposal of Indian Energy Exchange Ltd for issue of compulsory convertible preference shares and equity shares to foreign investors does not need its approval.
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