Reserve Bank of India
December 08, 2021
Dear Sir/ Madam,
General permission for infusion of capital in overseas branches and subsidiaries and retention/ repatriation/ transfer of profits in these centres by banks incorporated in India
Please refer to para 1 of the ‘Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies’ dated December 8, 2021 on the above subject.
2. As per extant practice, banks incorporated in India seek prior RBI approval for
a) infusion of capital in their overseas branches and subsidiaries.
b) retention of profits in, and transfer or repatriation of profits from these overseas centres.
3. In order to provide greater operational flexibility, it has been decided that prior RBI approval for above capital infusion/ transfers (including retention/ repatriation of profits), shall not be required by banks which meet the regulatory capital requirements (including capital buffers1). Instead, the banks shall seek approval of their boards for the same.
4. While considering such proposals, banks shall analyse all relevant aspects including inter alia the business plans, home and host country regulatory requirements and performance parameters of their overseas centres. Banks shall also ensure compliance with all applicable home and host country laws and regulations.
5. Banks which do not meet the minimum regulatory capital requirements as laid down in para 3 above, shall be required to seek prior approval of RBI as hitherto.
6. Banks shall report all such instances of infusion of capital and/ or retention2/transfer/ repatriation of profits in overseas branches and subsidiaries within 30 days of such action, to the Chief General Manager-in-Charge, Department of Regulation, Central Office, Mumbai with a copy to Chief General Manager-in-Charge, Department of Supervision, Central Office, Mumbai.
7. This circular is applicable to all Scheduled Commercial Banks other than foreign banks, Small Finance Banks, Payment Banks and Regional Rural Banks.
These instructions come into effect from the date of the circular.
Chief General Manager
1 Capital Conservation Buffer (CCB), including Domestic – Systemically Important Bank (D-SIB) capital requirements where applicable, and Counter-Cyclical Capital Buffer as may be mandated.
2 In case of retention of profits in overseas branch/ subsidiary, the reporting shall be done within 30 days of the finalisation of the annual financial statements of the overseas branch/ subsidiary.