Catholic Syrian Bank weighs fundraising options as talks with Fairfax collapse:

The board of Catholic Syrian Bank (CSB) met on Monday to discuss various capital raising plans of the bank after talks with Prem Watsa-owned Fairfax Financial Holdings collapsed owing to valuation differences, said three people who attended the meeting.

“The board is currently weighing three options: whether to revive the IPO (initial public offering) plan or to sell 5% stake to multiple investors or go ahead with a strategic stake sale of 51%,” said T.S. Anantharaman, chairman of the Kerala-based bank and one of the three cited earlier.

“We will be taking a decision very soon,” he added.

Mint had reported on 13 July that the bank was reconsidering a share sale, three years after it had filed a draft red herring prospectus to raise Rs400 crore.

In June 2015, markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had approved its public offering.

The plan was, however, dropped because of volatile market conditions prevailing at that time.

“We need to raise capital which will meet the requirement for the next three years,” said the second of the three people cited earlier, on condition of anonymity.

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