Kotak Mahindra Bank
April 25, 2024, 11:44 a.m.

Kotak Mahindra Bank Shares Tumble After RBI Imposes Restrictions

In a significant move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed strict restrictions on Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd, causing a sharp decline in its share prices. On Thursday, the bank's stocks fell over 10%, following the RBI's decision to prohibit the bank from onboarding new customers through its online and mobile banking channels. Additionally, the central bank has barred the issuance of new credit cards by Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Impact on Share Prices

The news triggered a notable selloff, pushing the shares down to a low of Rs 1,658.75, marking a 10% decrease. So far, the stock has seen a 13% decline in 2024. This downturn reflects investors' concerns over the implications of these restrictions on the bank's future growth.

Brokerage Firms React

In response to the RBI's actions, Emkay Global downgraded Kotak Mahindra Bank's rating to 'Reduce' and adjusted the target price from Rs 1,950 to Rs 1,750. The firm cited regulatory concerns as a potential delay in the stock's rerating. Meanwhile, YES Securities highlighted that the halt in incremental credit card issuance disrupts a key component of the bank's strategy to increase its share of unsecured retail loans.

Growth and Strategy

Before these developments, Kotak Mahindra Bank was actively expanding its credit card segment and had a significant growth in customer acquisition through its 811 digital strategy. The bank held a market share of 5.8% in the number of credit cards issued and a 4% share in spending.

Analysis by Motilal Oswal

Motilal Oswal has expressed concerns over the new regulations' potential to disrupt the bank's retail product growth trajectory and negatively affect margins and overall profitability. The brokerage firm reiterated a 'Neutral' rating but revised the target price to Rs 1,900, noting the impact of ongoing IT deficiencies that have persisted over the past couple of years, as highlighted by the RBI.

Regulatory Concerns and Future Outlook

The restrictions stem from issues identified during the RBI’s IT examination of the bank for 2022 and 2023, indicating a failure to address these issues promptly. With 99% of new credit cards and 95% of new personal loans being processed digitally, the rapid growth in digital transactions has placed additional strain on the bank’s IT systems.

The RBI has stated that the restrictions will be reconsidered after a comprehensive external audit approved by the regulator is completed and all identified deficiencies are remediated.


As Kotak Mahindra Bank navigates through these challenges, the financial community and investors will closely monitor the effectiveness of the bank's response to regulatory concerns and its impact on its growth strategy.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. Readers are encouraged to consult with a qualified financial advisor before making any investment decisions.

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