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Axis Bank cuts base lending rate by 10 bps

The bank cut the base lending rate “as the cost of fund has eased due to softening of interest rates based on improving liquidity and other macroeconomic developments,” Sidharth Rath, the bank’s president of treasury, business banking and capital markets, said in a statement, without elaborating.

Axis Bank cuts base lending rate by 10 bps

Axis Bank  Ltd, India’s third-biggest private sector lender, said on Thursday it cut its base lending rate by 10 basis points, effective Oct. 15, becoming the first bank to cut lending rate in recent months.

The bank cut the base lending rate “as the cost of fund has eased due to softening of interest rates based on improving liquidity and other macroeconomic developments,” Sidharth Rath, the bank’s president of treasury, business banking and capital markets, said in a statement, without elaborating.

The bank’s new base rate is 10.15 percent, from 10.25 percent earlier.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept its key policy rate unchanged since late January, and has signalled that it would refrain from cutting interest rates until it is confident consumer inflation can be reduced to a target of 6 percent by January 2016.

Axis Bank stock price

On October 16, 2014, Axis Bank closed at Rs 393.90, down Rs 3.2, or 0.81 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 423.70 and the 52-week low was Rs 202.33.


The company’s trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 27.44 per share as per the quarter ended June 2014. The stock’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 14.35. The latest book value of the company is Rs 161.98 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 2.43.

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