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|Small finance bank|
|Industry||Banking, financial services|
|Headquarters||Phase-II, 4th Floor, Spencer Plaza, No-769, Anna Salai, Chennai, India|
|Revenue||₹1,787.41 crores (US$274 million) (2018)|
|₹31.35 crores (US$5 million) (2018)|
|Total equity||₹4,891.98 crores (US$751 million) (2018)|
Equitas Small Finance Bank is a small finance bank founded in 2007 by Equitas as a microfinance lender, with headquarters in Chennai, India. After receiving license from the Reserve Bank of India on 30 June 2016, Equitas began banking operations on 5 September 2016 as a subsidiary of holding company Equitas Holdings Ltd. With effect from 4 February 2017, Equitas became a scheduled bank.
The bank planned to build a network of 412 branches located in 11 Indian states by the end of fiscal year 2016-17. However, the bank is heavily committed to technology, with 83% of transactions occurring online as of July 2017. This includes the bank providing an RFID sticker to pay road tolls automatically, with settlements occurring digitally.
On 1 March 2018, the bank was penalized ₹1 million (US$15 thousand) by the Reserve Bank of India for rolling out investment, pension, and insurance services without obtaining prior approval.
EDIT established Equitas Gurukul Matriculation Schools in 2010. By 2017, the schools were employing 400 people, and educating 5,700 students primarily from backgrounds that offered limited opportunities. EDIT also has a programme called Equitas Bird's Nest that seeks to help impoverished pavement dwellers. In March 2018, EDIT celebrated the milestone of improving the quality of life for 1,300 families in Chennai through this programme.
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