ICICI Bank Ltd is a major banking and financial services organization in India. The Bank is the second largest bank in India and the largest private sector bank in India by market capitalization. They are a publicly held banking company engaged in providing a wide range of banking and financial services including commercial banking and treasury operations.
The Bank and their subsidiaries offers a wide range of banking and financial services including commercial banking, retail banking, project and corporate finance, working capital finance, insurance, venture capital and private equity, investment banking, broking and treasury products and services. They offer through a variety of delivery channels and through their specialised subsidiaries in the areas of investment banking, life and non-life insurance, venture capital and asset management.
The Bank has a network of 2,035 branches and about 5,518 ATMs in India and presence in 18 countries. They have subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Russia and Canada, branches in United States, Singapore, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Dubai International Finance Centre and representative offices in United Arab Emirates, China, South Africa, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Our UK subsidiary has established branches in Belgium and Germany.
The Bank's equity shares are listed in India on Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India Limited and their American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The Banks is the first Indian Bank listed on New York Stock Exchange.
ICICI Bank Ltd was incorporated in the year 1994 as a part of the ICICI group with the name ICICI Banking Corporation Ltd. The initial equity capital was 75.0% by ICICI and 25.0% by SCICI Ltd, a diversified finance and shipping finance lender of which ICICI owned 19.9% at December 1996. Pursuant to the merger of SCICI into ICICI, ICICI Bank became a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICICI. In September 10, 1999, the name of the Bank was changed from ICICI Banking Corporation Ltd to ICICI Bank Ltd
In March 10, 2001, ICICI Bank acquired Bank of Madura, an old private sector bank, in an all-stock merger. ICICI Ltd along with their wholly owned retail finance subsidiaries, namely ICICI Capital Services Ltd and ICICI Personal Financial Services Ltd amalgamated with the Bank with effect from May 3, 2002.
In May 2003, the bank acquired the entire paid-up capital of Transamerica Apple Distribution Finance Pvt Ltd (now known as ICICI Distribution Finance Pvt Ltd) which primarily engaged in financing in the two-wheeler segment. In September 12, 2003, the Bank incorporated ICICI Bank Canada as a 100% subsidiary company.
In May 2005, the Bank acquired the entire paid-up capital of Investitsionno-Kreditny Bank, a Russian bank with their registered office in Balabanovo in the Kaluga region and a branch in Moscow. Thus, IKB became a subsidiary of Bank with effect from May 19, 2005.
In August 2005, the Bank acquired additional 6% of the equity share capital of Prudential ICICI Asset Management Company Ltd and Prudential ICICI Trust Ltd from Prudential Corporation Holdings Ltd and thus these two companies became the subsidiaries of the Bank. During the year 2006-07, ICICI Bank Canada incorporated ICICI Health Management Inc as a subsidiary company.
In April 2007, Sangli Bank Ltd merged with the Bank with effect from April 19, 2007. In 2007 June, the Bank entered into an agreement with networking solutions provider GTL Ltd to lease out their call centre facility at Mahape worth of around Rs 100 crore for a period of 25 years.
During the year 2007-08, the Bank increased their branches & extension counter from 755 Nos to 1,262 Nos, including the addition of about 200 branches through the merger of Sangli Bank. They increased their ATM network from 3,271 ATMs to 3,881 ATMs. They launched mobile banking service enabling a wide range of banking transactions using the mobile phone.
During the year 2008-09, the Bank increased their branches & extension counter from 1,262 Nos to 1,419 Nos. They also received licenses for 580 additional branches from RBI. They increased their ATM network to 4,713 ATMs from 3,881 ATMs. In April 22, 2009, ICICI Prudential Pension Funds Management Company Ltd was incorporated as a subsidiary company of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd.
During the year 2009-10, the Bank increased their branches & extension counter from 1,419 Nos to 1,707 Nos. They also increased their ATM network from 4,713 ATMs to 5,219 ATMs. ICICI Wealth Management Inc., a subsidiary of ICICI Bank Canada, has been dissolved effective December 31, 2009.
In January 2010, the Bank and First Data, a company engaged in electronic commerce and payment services, formed a merchant acquiring alliance and a new entity named ICICI Merchant Services, 81% owned by First Data, was formed, which acquired ICICI Bank's merchant acquiring operations for a total consideration of Rs. 3,744 million.
In May 2010, the Bank approved the scheme of amalgamation of Bank of Rajasthan Ltd with the Bank through share-swap in a non-cash deal that values the Bank of Rajasthan at about Rs 3,000 crore. Each 118 shares of Bank of Rajasthan will be converted into 25 shares of ICICI Bank Ltd.
In August 2010, as per the scheme of amalgamation, Bank of Rajasthan was amalgamated with the Bank with effect from the close of business on 12 August 2010.
The merger of Bank of Rajasthan added over 450 branches to the network. Including these, their branch network increased from 1,707 branches at March 31, 2010 to 2,529 branches at March 31, 2011. They also increased their ATM network from 5,219 ATMs at March 31, 2010 to 6,055 ATMs at March 31, 2011.