Tamilnad Mercantile Bank IPO was subscribed 2.86 timesNew Delhi: The initial public offering (IPO) of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank was subscribed 2.86 times at the end of the three-day window which commenced on Monday. The portion reserved for the retail investors was subscribed 6.48 times, data showed.On the first day, the shares received about 83 per cent subscription. Shares reserved for retail investors were, however, oversubscribed.On the second day – Tuesday, the overall issues on offer were fully subscribed.The company had set a price band of Rs 500-525 per share for the IPO. On the upper end of the price band, the company will raise around Rs 831.60 crore from the issue.Tamilnad Mercantile Bank’s IPO is entirely a fresh issue.The Thoothukudi (formerly Tuticorin)-based private lender plans to utilise the money raised through the IPO to augment its tier-I capital base to meet its capital requirements.Being one of the oldest private sector banks in India, it offers a range of banking and financial services primarily to micro, small and medium enterprises, agricultural and retail customers.Tamilnad Mercantile Bank’s total number of branches stood at 509 as of March 31, 2022. Out of these 106 branches were in rural, 247 in semi-urban, 80 in urban and 76 in metropolitan centres.Shares are expected to be allotted to dematerialised accounts of successful investors on September 14, and the formal listing on the stock exchanges the next day.For the financial year 2021-22, Tamilnad Mercantile Bank reported a net profit of Rs 821.91 crore as compared to Rs 603.33 crore recorded in the previous year, registering a year-on-year growth of 36 per cent.The bank’s net interest income jumped 18 per cent year-on-year to Rs 1,815.23 crore for the financial year ended in March 2022.”Bank with its strong presence in Tamil Nadu and focus to increase presence in other strategic regions is consistently growing deposit base with a focus on low-cost retail CASA. Also, with its strong asset quality, underwriting practices and risk management policies and procedures and consistent financial performance, we recommend “Subscribe” on the issue for the long term,” brokerage Hem Securities had said.Tamil Nadu Mercantile bank was incorporated as Nadar Bank in 1921 and its name was changed to Tamilnad Mercantile Bank in the year 1962.