CSB shares trading at 25% premium in grey market:

Shares of Catholic Syrian Bank are trading at around 25% premium in the grey market, making it difficult for potential bidders to push the overall valuation down. So, whoever — CentrumBSE 15.18 %, InCred — wins the bid, may have to shell out a lot more premium to get on board.

The stock is being traded at Rs 180 apiece, setting a benchmark for any transaction for the prospective buyer to take a stake. The book value is Rs 120 a share and is trading at 1.5 times of that, valuing the bank roughly at over Rs 1500 crore.

Despite Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa abandoning the idea to buy a majority stake in Catholic Syrian Bank, investors are quite upbeat about it. ET had recently reported that Deutsche Bank’s former chief Anshu Jain-backed Incred Finance is competing with US private equity giant Warburg Pincus and Aion Capital for a controlling stake in Catholic Syrian Bank

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