Non-banking financial services giant Bajaj Finserv received approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to begin its mutual fund operations. In a regulatory filing with the exchanges, the firm also announced it formed two wholly owned subsidiaries, namely Bajaj Finserv Mutual Fund and Bajaj Finserv Asset Management.
Sebi granted the mutual fund license to Bajaj Finserv Mutual Fund. Further, Bajaj Finserv Asset Management has also been accorded an approval to act as an asset management company for Bajaj Finserv Mutual Fund. The range of products that the new AMC will offer range from equity, debt, hybrid mutual funds to active and passive funds as well.
“The approval from SEBI is strategically important for Bajaj Finserv
“With greater awareness among investors to stay invested over the longer term, it is an opportune time for the group to build its mutual fund offering for investors. The mutual fund business will align with the group’s philosophy of being future-focussed and tech-driven,” Ganesh Mohan, CEO, Bajaj Finserv Asset Management, said. “Coupled with our innovation DNA and a win-win approach for our partners, our business model is focused on creating long-term returns for our investors,” he added.
The leadership team also includes Nimesh Chandan as Chief Investment Officer (CIO), an investment professional with over 22 years of experience in investing in Indian capital markets. He has been part of the mutual fund industry for 17 years; prior to joining BFAML, he was Head – Investments, Equities at Canara Robeco AMC.
Bajaj Finserv is the holding company for the array of financial services and insurance companies under the Bajaj group umbrella. The firm owns a 52.49% stake in Bajaj Finance
For the quarter ended December, 2022, Bajaj Finserv reported a 42% year-on-year rise in its consolidated net profit to Rs 1,782 crore. Consolidated total income rose 23% to Rs 21,755 crore. Bajaj Finserv’s performance was driven by an impressive show from the financial services which helped offset the decline in profits of both the insurance companies.