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Indian Overseas Bank

Indian Overseas Bank
इण्डियन ओवरसीज बैंक
Traded as BSE532388
Industry Banking
capital markets
Founded Madras, 10 February 1937
Headquarters Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Key people
R. Koteeswaran
(MD & CEO)
Atul Agarwal
(Executive Director)
Pawan Kumar Bajaj
(Executive Director)
Products Loans, credit cards, savings, investment vehicles etc.
Revenue 11px3992 crore (US$Lua error in Module:Math at line 495: attempt to index field 'ParserFunctions' (a nil value). million) (2012)
#redirect Template:If affirmed 11px 196 billion (US$Lua error in Module:Math at line 495: attempt to index field 'ParserFunctions' (a nil value). billion)
Total assets 9217 billion (US$Lua error in Module:Math at line 495: attempt to index field 'ParserFunctions' (a nil value). billion) (2012)

Indian Overseas Bank (Hindi:इण्डियन ओवरसीज बैंक) (IOB) is a major bank based in Chennai (Madras), with about 3350 domestic branches, including 1150 branches in Tamil Nadu, 3 extension counters, and eight branches and offices overseas as of 30 September 2014. Indian Overseas Bank has an ISO certified in-house Information Technology department, which has developed the software that its branches use to provide online banking to customers; the bank has achieved 100% networking status as well as 100% CBS status for its branches. IOB also has a network of about 3300 ATMs all over India.

IOB has branches in Singapore, Hong Kong, Colombo, Seoul, and Bangkok. It has representative offices in Guangzhou, Vietnam, and Dubai. IOB also is part-owner of a joint-venture bank in Malaysia.

The net profit for the quarter ended 30 June 2014 stood at INR 272 Crores. The Business touched INR 4,20,739 Crores(YoY Growth 8.16%) for the quarter ended 30 September 2014. Deposits stood at INR 2,39,223 Crores(YoY Growth 12.47%), CASA stood at 23.76%, Advances stood at INR 1,81,515 Crores(YoY Growth 2.96%) Operating Profit for Q2 14-15 is INR 729 Crores.


Pre-World War II

In 1937, Thiru.M. Ct. M. Chidambaram Chettyar established the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) to encourage overseas banking and foreign exchange operations. IOB started up simultaneously at three branches, one each in Karaikudi, Madras, and Rangoon (Yangon). It quickly opened a branch in Penang, Kuala Lumpur (1937 or 1938), and another in Singapore (1937 or 1941). The bank served the Nattukottai Chettiars, who were a mercantile class that at the time had spread from Chettinad in Tamil Nadu state to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Burma (Myanmar), Malaya, Singapore, Java, Sumatra, and Saigon. As a result, from the beginning IOB specialised in foreign exchange and overseas banking (see below). Due to the war, IOB lost its branches in Rangoon and Penang, and Singapore, though the branch in Singapore resumed operations in 1942 under Japanese supervision.

After World War II

In 1945 or 1946 IOB opened a branch in Colombo. In 1947, IOB opened a branch in Bangkok. Then IOB added a branch each in Ipoh, Klang, and Malacca, all in Malaya. Some years later, in 1955, IOB opened its first branch in Hong Kong. Others would follow.

In 1963 the revolutionary government in Burma nationalised Indian Overseas Bank's branches in Rangoon, Mandalay, and Moulmein, which became People's Bank No. 4.[1]

In the 1960s, the banking sector in India was consolidating through the merger of weak private sector banks with stronger ones. IOB acquired a number of local banks: Coimbatore Standard Bank (acq. 1963; one branch at Madras), Nanjinnad Bank (or Nanjanad Bank), Coimbatore Vasunthara Bank (or Coimbatore Vasundara Bank; est. June 1924; Head office and three branches; acq. 1964), Kulitalai Bank (est. 1933; acq. 1964; six branches), Srinivasa Perumal Bank (est. November 1935 at Coimbatore; acq. 1966), and (Sri/Lord) Venkateswara Bank (est. June 1931 as Salem Shevapet Sri Venkateswara Bank; acq. 1967; two branches in Salem, Tamil Nadu).

Then in 1969 the Government of India nationalised IOB. At one point, probably before nationalisation, IOB had twenty of its eighty branches located overseas. However, Malaysian law forbade foreign government ownership of banks in Malaysia. After nationalisation Indian Overseas Bank, like all the nationalised banks, turned inward, emphasising the opening of branches in rural India.

In 1973, IOB, Indian Bank and United Commercial Bank established United Asian Bank Berhad in Malaysia. (Indian Bank had been operating in Malaysia since 1941 and United Commercial Bank had been operating there since 1948.) The banks set up United Asian to comply with the Banking Law in Malaysia, which prohibited foreign government banks from operating in the country. Each contributed their operations in Malaysia to the new joint-venture bank, with each of the three parent banks owning a third of the shares. At the time, Indian Bank had three branches, and Indian Overseas Bank and United Commercial Bank had eight between them. Also, IOB and six Indian private banks established Bharat Overseas Bank as a Chennai-based private bank to take over IOB's Bangkok branch.

In 1977 IOB opened a branch in Seoul. it also opened a branch in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Two years later, IOB opened a foreign currency banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

In 1983 ethnic sectarian violence in the form of anti-Tamil riots resulted in the burning of IOB's branch in Colombo. Indian Bank, which may have had stronger ties to the Sinhalese population, escaped unscathed.[2]

In 1988–89, IOB acquired Bank of Tamil Nadu, and its 99 branches, in a rescue. Bank of Tamil Nadu (or Bank of Tamilnad), had been established in 1903 in Tirunelveli as the South India Bank.

In 1992 Bank of Commerce (BOC), a Malaysian bank, acquired United Asian Bank (UAB).

The new millennium

In 2000, IOB engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the government's share in the bank's equity down to 75%. In 2001 IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank, which gave it a branch in Mumbai. Then in 2009 IOB took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration since 2006. It had nine branches in Pune, two in Mumbai and one in Shirpur. The total employee strength was estimated to be little over 100.

IOB opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon, on 29 August 2003.

In 2005 IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China. The next year IOB opened another representative office, this time in Kuala Lumpur.

In the new millennium, international expansion picked up once again. In 2007, IOB took over Bharat Overseas Bank. Three years later, Malaysia awarded a commercial banking license to a locally incorporated bank to be jointly owned by Bank of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank and Andhra Bank. The new bank, India International Bank (Malaysia), commenced operations in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, which has a large population of Indians. Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in the joint-venture, Bank of Baroda owns 40%, and IOB the remaining 35%.

IOB opened an Offshore Banking Unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 31 August 2013. The bank also upgraded its existing Extension Counter at Bambalapitiya into a full-fledged branch.


  • 1957 - Bank established its own training centre
  • 1964 - Inauguration of IOB’s Head Office in Mount Road.
  • 1974 - Official Language Department established in 1974
  • 1984 - 1000th branch opened
  • 1991 - Bank moved its Staff College premises to an own spacious learning zone at Koyambedu
  • 1996 - Banks profit reached INR 100 cr. for the first time i.e. USD16.69Mn [1USD=Rs.59.9150]
  • 2000 - Initial Public Offer. Follow on Public Offer in 2003.

-The first public sector bank to introduce anywhere banking at its 129 branches in the four metros, is extending the connectivity to another 100 branches in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Ludhiana
-The first public sector bank in the country to introduce mobile banking services using Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).

  • 2005 - Launched Debit Card
  • 2006 - Launched VISA Card, Retail Sale of Gold and Non Life Joint Insurance Bank reached INR 1 lac crore mark in Total Business
  • 2006 - 07 Net Profit reached INR 1000 Cr.(USD 229.78 Mn) [1USD= Rs.43.5200] Bharat Overseas Bank Ltd. Was merged with IOB and First Off site ATM at Kamatchi Hospital, Chennai
  • 2009 - 100% CBS
  • 2010 - 2000th Branch -Yamuna Vihar, New Delhi-opened
  • 2011-12 - No. of Branches in Tamil Nadu reached 1000, and IOB celebrated Platinum Jubilee 2012-13. As on 31.3.2013, total deposits reached INR 202,135 cr. (USD 37,236Mn.) [1USD =Rs.54.2850]As on 31.3.2013,Total Advances reached INR 164,366cr. (USD30,278 Mn.) As on 31.3.2013,Total Business Mix is at INR 366,501cr. (USD 67,514Mn.), Total No. of Branches 2908
  • 2014-15 Bank has surpassed the landmark of 3000 ATMs as on 31.07.2014 - Tirumalaipatti Branch
  • 2015 - IOB launched new Android Mobile Banking Application.

Awards & Accolades

  • IOB adjudged Best Public Sector Bank in Priority Sector Lending by Dun & Bradstreet.
  • The New Indian Express and Sunday Standard's Best Bankers' Award presented to IOB
  • Agriculture Leadership Award 2013 conferred to our Bank
  • Award for "BEST RSETI IN THE COUNTRY received by RSETI Thanjavur
  • IBA Technology Award 2012-2013 for Best use of Business Intelligence awarded to IOB
  • Best bank Award from Govt of Tamil Nadu for its support to Self Help Group (SHGs) in the State.
  • The Bank received the National Award for Effective Implementation of PMEGP 2012-13 (South Zone)
  • The Bank awarded Customer Focus Award for constantly delivering industry leading service standards.
  • The Bank received “Banking Excellence Award “ from Finance Ministry, GOI
  • 2012-13 Received National award for excellence in MSME Lending and for outstanding performance for implementing PMEGP programme in South Zone.
  • 2012-13 Received Bankers' Excellence Award from Rotary International, USA
  • 2013-14 3000th Branch (at Vaniangudi), opened on 17.8.2013 by Hon. Finance Minister.
  • 2014-15 SKOCH AWARDS -IOB Wins order of Merit in FI and ADF/MIS for the implementation of "IOB-SAMPOORNA" project under Financial Inclusion and Implementation of Automated Data Flow/MIS.

Joint Ventures/Tie Ups

  • IOB entered into Non Life Insurance Business with Universal Sompo General Insurance (USGI) Company Limited with equity participation of 19% along with Allahabad Bank, Karnataka Bank and Dabur Investments.
  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has tie up with Apollo Munich Health Insurance to provide specialised health and personal accident products to its customers

See also

Citations and references

  1. ^ Turnell (2009), p.226.
  2. ^ Kumar (2008), p.169.
  • IOB Presentation to Analysts September 2014 See Preview
  • Kumar, Ranjana (2008) A New Beginning: The Turnaround Story of Indian Bank. (Tata McGraw-Hill Education).
  • Turnell, Sean (2009) Fiery Dragons: Banks, Moneylenders and Microfinnance in Burma. (NAIS Press). ISBN 9788776940409