Public sector Indian Bank plans to venture into life insurance. It is looking at floating a consortium with domestic and foreign partners, for which it has already initiated talks. Besides, it would also appoint a consultant to advise it on re-entry into the mutual fund industry.
Indian Bank was a bancassurance partner for HDFC Life Insurance and the agreement would mature in March. Last year, the bank earned a commission of Rs 26 crore through the tie-up and was targetting Rs 40 crore this year.The new company would take another six months to materialise and would be through a consortium, wherein Indian Bank and the domestic partner would have the majority stake and the foreign partner would hold 26 per cent.
The 104-year Chennai-based Bank has more than 1,800 branches and over 19,000 staff. It has a customer base of around 200 crore. As on date, total business amounts to Rs 1.70 lakh crore. Indian Bank is one of the pioneers in the mutual fund industry. It set up its mutual fund business in 1989, which became of the top performing mutual funds in the nineties. But in 2001, the bank transferred its schemes to Tata Mutual Fund.