At a board meeting held on Thursday, Piramal Enterprises Limited announced plans to enter the retail housing finance market. "The Board of Directors has given its approval for Piramal Finance Ltd to make an application to the National Housing Bank (NHB) for incorporating a housing finance company (HFC) as its subsidiary," the company said in a release to Bombay Stock Exchange on Thursday.
Piramal Finance Limited or PFL is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Piramal Enterprises.
Mumbai-based Piramal Enterprises also said it plans to leverage its existing strength in wholesale funding to diversify into retail finance.
Commenting on the development, Piramal Enterprises chairman Ajay Piramal said: "Having successfully scaled up our presence in wholesale finance through Piramal Finance Limited, we believe that we have established a blueprint for growth within the real estate asset class. We therefore, feel that the timing is opportune for us to make a foray into retail housing finance."
"Having consolidated our presence in the wholesale finance segment, we are excited to extend our services into retail home finance," Piramal Finance managing director Khushru Jijina said.
Piramal Enterprises shares witnessed high volumes on Friday. As of 2:27 p.m., 16,488 shares had changed hands compared with a two-week average of 14,000. Piramal Enterprises stock was trading 1.89 per cent higher at Rs 1,687.85 apiece on the BSE, whose benchmark index, Sensex was down 0.21 per cent.
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