March 6, 2020 / 10:49 AM / a month ago

State Bank of India exploring range of rescue options for troubled Yes Bank -sources

* Moratorium on withdrawals unlikely to be extended: sources

* SBI may consider Yes Bank takeover - source

* SBI also looking at forming consortium to get investors: sources

* New board likely to be announced in next 4-5 days - source

* Tilden Capital was in advanced talks with Yes Bank: source

By Manoj Kumar, Aftab Ahmed and Nupur Anand

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, March 6 (Reuters) - State Bank of India , the country’s largest lender, is exploring a wide range of rescue options for struggling Yes Bank Ltd including a complete buyout of its private-sector rival, two sources familiar with the matter said.

The sources, who asked not to be named as the discussions are private, said other options being considered include getting a consortium together to pool funds to bail out the lender.

One of the sources, who was present at SBI’s board meeting on Thursday, said one of the proposals included the state-run lender buying out the troubled lender and delisting it from the stock exchange.

SBI officials were not immediately available for comment.

In a regulatory filing after the meeting, SBI said its board had given it an in-principle nod to explore an investment in Yes Bank, an about-turn for SBI which had in December repeatedly denied it would play any role in aiding its competitor.

The move came as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) placed Yes Bank under a moratorium late on Thursday, said it was taking control of it for 30 days and would swiftly work on a revival plan.

The central bank also named Prashant Kumar, SBI’s former chief financial officer, as Yes Bank’s administrator.

A source familiar with the matter said Kumar had to tender his resignation hours before the announcement, so that he could take on the new role.

The RBI’s shock move underscored the level of deterioration in the financial position of the lender, and the extent of the Indian government’s concern about contagion in the banking system if India’s fifth-largest private lender had collapsed.

Reporting by Manoj Kumar, Aftab Ahmed and Nupur Anand; Editing by Euan Rocha and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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