MUMBAI: While denying that any negotiations happened to acquire equity in Yes Bank, State Bank of India (SBI) has said that it's given in-principle approval to explore investment opportunity.
In a regulatory filing to exchanges, SBI was responding to queries from the bourses as media reports had surfaced on Thursday morning regarding SBI to acquire Yes Bank.
Replying to an issue on negotiations held with Yes Bank and from when, SBI said that no such negotiations happened.
Apparently, the matter came to be discussed straight at the committee meeting. "However, the matter in regard to Yes Bank was discussed at the meeting of the Central Board of the Bank on March 5 and an in-principle has been given by the Board to explore investment opportunity in the Bank".
SBI replied that it had not been conscious of any information not disclosed to the exchanges that might have led to the movement in trading. While Yes Bank spiked up sharply by 26 per cent compared to a flat Nifty, SBI trended lower.
Share prices of cash-strapped Yes Bank may even see a pointy downturn on Friday because the Federal Reserve Bank of India has superseded its Board of Directors for a period of 30 days due to serious deterioration within the financial position of the bank.