BACKGROUND

The Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC) was amongst the first to receive an ‘in principle’ approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up a bank in the private sector, as part of RBI’s liberalisation of the Indian Banking Industry in 1994. The bank was incorporated in August 1994 in the name of ‘HDFC Bank Limited’, with its registered office in Mumbai, India. HDFC Bank commenced operations as a Scheduled Commercial Bank in January 1995.

PROMOTER

HDFC is India's premier housing finance company and enjoys an impeccable track record in India as well as in international markets. Since its inception in 1977, the Corporation has maintained a consistent and healthy growth in its operations to remain the market leader in mortgages. Its outstanding loan portfolio covers well over a million dwelling units. HDFC has developed significant expertise in retail mortgage loans to different market segments and also has a large corporate client base for its housing related credit facilities. With its experience in the financial markets, strong market reputation, large shareholder base and unique consumer franchise, HDFC was ideally positioned to promote a bank in the Indian environment.

BUSINESS FOCUS

HDFC Bank's mission is to be a World Class Indian Bank. The objective is to build sound customer franchises across distinct businesses so as to be the preferred provider of banking services for target retail and wholesale customer segments, and to achieve healthy growth in profitability, consistent with the bank's risk appetite. The bank is committed to maintain the highest level of ethical standards, professional integrity, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. HDFC Bank's business philosophy is based on five core values: Operational Excellence, Customer Focus, Product Leadership, People and Sustainability.

CAPITAL STRUCTURE

As on March 31, 2014 the authorized share capital of the Bank is Rs. 550 crore. The paid-up capital as on the said date is  Rs 479,81,00,870/- ( 2399050435 ) equity shares of Rs. 2/- each). The HDFC Group holds 22.64 % of the Bank's equity and about 16.97 % of the equity is held by the ADS / GDR Depositories (in respect of the bank's American Depository Shares (ADS) and Global Depository Receipts (GDR) Issues). 34.11 % of the equity is held by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) and the Bank has 4,22,314 shareholders.

The shares are listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange Limited and The National Stock Exchange of India Limited. The Bank's American Depository Shares (ADS) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol 'HDB' and the Bank's Global Depository Receipts (GDRs) are listed on Luxembourg Stock Exchange under ISIN No US40415F2002.

AMALGAMATION OF TIMES BANK & CENTURION BANK OF PUNJAB WITH HDFC BANK

On May 23, 2008, the amalgamation of Centurion Bank of Punjab with HDFC Bank was formally approved by Reserve Bank of India to complete the statutory and regulatory approval process. As per the scheme of amalgamation, shareholders of CBoP received 1 share of HDFC Bank for every 29 shares of CBoP.

The amalgamation added significant value to HDFC Bank in terms of increased branch network, geographic reach, and customer base, and a bigger pool of skilled manpower.

In a milestone transaction in the Indian banking industry, Times Bank Limited (another new private sector bank promoted by Bennett, Coleman & Co. / Times Group) was merged with HDFC Bank Ltd., effective February 26, 2000. This was the first merger of two private banks in the New Generation Private Sector Banks. As per the scheme of amalgamation approved by the shareholders of both banks and the Reserve Bank of India, shareholders of Times Bank received 1 share of HDFC Bank for every 5.75 shares of Times Bank.


DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

HDFC Bank is headquartered in Mumbai. As of June 30, 2014, the Bank's distribution network was at 3,488 branches in 2,231 cities. All branches are linked on an online real-time basis. Customers across India are also serviced through multiple delivery channels such as Phone Banking, Net Banking, Mobile Banking and SMS based banking. The Bank's expansion plans take into account the need to have a presence in all major industrial and commercial centres, where its corporate customers are located, as well as the need to build a strong retail customer base for both deposits and loan products. Being a clearing / settlement bank to various leading stock exchanges, the Bank has branches in centres where the NSE / BSE have a strong and active member base.

The Bank also has a network of 11,426 ATMs across India. HDFC Bank's ATM network can be accessed by all domestic and international Visa / MasterCard, Visa Electron / Maestro, Plus / Cirrus and American Express Credit / Charge cardholders.


MANAGEMENT

Mr. C.M. Vasudev has been appointed as the Chairman of the Bank with effect from 6th July 2010. Mr. Vasudev has been a Director of the Bank since October 2006. A retired IAS officer, Mr. Vasudev has had an illustrious career in the civil services and has held several key positions in India and overseas, including Finance Secretary, Government of India, Executive Director, World Bank and Government nominee on the Boards of many companies in the financial sector.

The Managing Director, Mr. Aditya Puri, has been a professional banker for over 25 years and before joining HDFC Bank in 1994 was heading Citibank's operations in Malaysia.

The Bank's Board of Directors is composed of eminent individuals with a wealth of experience in public policy, administration, industry and commercial banking. Senior executives representing HDFC are also on the Board.

Senior banking professionals with substantial experience in India and abroad head various businesses and functions and report to the Managing Director. Given the professional expertise of the management team and the overall focus on recruiting and retaining the best talent in the industry, the bank believes that its people are a significant competitive strength.


TECHNOLOGY

HDFC Bank operates in a highly automated environment in terms of information technology and communication systems. All the bank’s branches have online connectivity, which enables the bank to offer speedy funds transfer facilities to its customers. Multi-branch access is also provided to retail customers through the branch network and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

The Bank has made substantial efforts and investments in acquiring the best technology available internationally, to build the infrastructure for a world class bank. In terms of core banking software, the Corporate Banking business is supported by Flexcube, while the Retail Banking business by Finware, both from i-flex Solutions Ltd. The systems are open, scaleable and web-enabled.

The Bank has prioritised its engagement in technology and the internet as one of its key goals and has already made significant progress in web-enabling its core businesses. In each of its businesses, the Bank has succeeded in leveraging its market position, expertise and technology to create a competitive advantage and build market share.


BUSINESS PROFILE

HDFC Bank caters to a wide range of banking services covering commercial and investment banking on the wholesale side and transactional / branch banking on the retail side. The bank has three key business segments: 

  • Wholesale Banking

    The Bank's target market is primarily large, blue-chip manufacturing companies in the Indian corporate sector and to a lesser extent, small & mid-sized corporates and agri-based businesses. For these customers, the Bank provides a wide range of commercial and transactional banking services, including working capital finance, trade services, transactional services, cash management, etc. The bank is also a leading provider of structured solutions, which combine cash management services with vendor and distributor finance for facilitating superior supply chain management for its corporate customers. Based on its superior product delivery / service levels and strong customer orientation, the Bank has made significant inroads into the banking consortia of a number of leading Indian corporates including multinationals, companies from the domestic business houses and prime public sector companies. It is recognised as a leading provider of cash management and transactional banking solutions to corporate customers, mutual funds, stock exchange members and banks.

  • Treasury

    Within this business, the bank has three main product areas - Foreign Exchange and Derivatives, Local Currency Money Market & Debt Securities, and Equities. With the liberalisation of the financial markets in India, corporates need more sophisticated risk management information, advice and product structures. These and fine pricing on various treasury products are provided through the bank’s Treasury team. To comply with statutory reserve requirements, the bank is required to hold 25% of its deposits in government securities. The Treasury business is responsible for managing the returns and market risk on this investment portfolio.

  • Retail Banking

    The objective of the Retail Bank is to provide its target market customers a full range of financial products and banking services, giving the customer a one-stop window for all his/her banking requirements. The products are backed by world-class service and delivered to customers through the growing branch network, as well as through alternative delivery channels like ATMs, Phone Banking, NetBanking and Mobile Banking.

    The HDFC Bank Preferred program for high net worth individuals, the HDFC Bank Plus and the Investment Advisory Services programs have been designed keeping in mind needs of customers who seek distinct financial solutions, information and advice on various investment avenues. The Bank also has a wide array of retail loan products including Auto Loans, Loans against marketable securities, Personal Loans and Loans for Two-wheelers. It is also a leading provider of Depository Participant (DP) services for retail customers, providing customers the facility to hold their investments in electronic form.

    HDFC Bank was the first bank in India to launch an International Debit Card in association with VISA (VISA Electron) and issues the MasterCard Maestro debit card as well. The Bank launched its credit card business in late 2001. By March 2013, the bank had a total card base (debit and credit cards) of over 19.7 million. The Bank is also one of the leading players in the “merchant acquiring” business with over 270,000 Point-of-sale (POS) terminals for debit / credit cards acceptance at merchant establishments. The Bank is well positioned as a leader in various net based B2C opportunities including a wide range of internet banking services for Fixed Deposits, Loans, Bill Payments, etc.


RATINGS / AWARDS

Credit Rating

HDFC Bank has its deposit programmes rated by two rating agencies - Credit Analysis & Research Limited. (CARE) and Fitch Ratings India Private Limited. The bank's Fixed Deposit programme has been rated 'CARE AAA (FD)' [Triple A] by CARE, which represents instruments considered to be "of the best quality, carrying negligible investment risk".  

CARE has also rated the bank's Certificate of Deposit (CD) programme "PR 1+" which represents "superior capacity for repayment of short term promissory obligations". Fitch Ratings India Pvt. Ltd. (100% subsidiary of Fitch Inc.) has assigned the "tAAA (ind)" rating to the bank's deposit programme, with the outlook on the rating as "stable". This rating indicates "highest credit quality" where "protection factors are very high".

HDFC Bank also has its long term unsecured, subordinated (Tier II) Bonds of Rs.4 billion rated by CARE and Fitch Ratings India Private Limited. CARE has assigned the rating of "CARE AAA" for the Tier II Bonds while Fitch Ratings India Pvt. Ltd. has assigned the rating "AAA (ind)" with the outlook on the rating as "stable". In each of the cases referred to above, the ratings awarded were the highest assigned by the rating agency for those instruments. 



Corporate Governance Rating:
The bank was one of the first four companies, which subjected itself to a Corporate Governance and Value Creation (GVC) rating by the rating agency, The Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL). The rating provides an independent assessment of an entity's current performance and an expectation on its "balanced value creation and corporate governance practices" in future. The bank was assigned a 'CRISIL GVC Level 1' rating in January 2007 which indicates that the bank's capability with respect to wealth creation for all its stakeholders while adopting sound corporate governance practices is the highest

Awards and Accolades :
HDFC Bank began operations in 1995 with a simple mission: to be a "World-class Indian Bank". We realized that only a single-minded focus on product quality and service excellence would help us get there. Today, we are proud to say that we are well on our way towards that goal.

Over the years, the Bank has received recognition and awards from several leading organizations and publications, both domestic and international (details are available on http://www.hdfcbank.com/aboutus/awards/default.htm).

Some important awards that the Bank won:

Asiamoney 2014 Best of Best Domestic Banks - India
Dun & Bradstreet - Manappuram Finance Limited Corporate Award 2014 Best Corporate in Banking Sector
IBA Banking Technology Awards 2012-13 - Best Technology Bank of the year - Winner
- Best Internet Bank - Winner
- Best Customer Management Initiative - Winner
- Best use of Mobility Technology in Banking
Business Standard Mr Aditya Puri - Banker of the Year 2013
Business Today-KPMG Best Banks Survey 2013 Best Bank 2013
Business India Best Bank 2013
Global Finance Survey -World's Best Banks 2013 Best Bank in India
Outlook Money Awards 2013 Best Bank in Large Banks Category
IBA Innovation Awards Most Innovative use of Technology
Dun & Bradstreet Polaris Financial Technology Banking Award 2013 - Best Private Sector Bank Technology Adoption
- Best Private Sector Bank Retail
- Overall Best Private Sector Bank
Institutional Investor - Best Bank in Asia
- Mr. Aditya Puri - Best CEO
Forbes Asia Fab 50 Companies List for the 7th year
Sunday Standard Best Banker Awards - Best Private Sector Bank: Large
- Safest Bank: Large
- Mr. Aditya Puri: Top Achiever
UTI Mutual Fund CNBC TV 18 Financial Advisory Awards 2012 Best Performing Bank - Private
Asia Money 2013 - Best Domestic Bank in India
- Mr. Aditya Puri: Best Executive in India
MACCIA Awards 2013 Best in Financial Services: Bank Category
Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2012 Best in Banking sector


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