RBI ban on new credit cards sale hit mkt share, will come back with a bang once embargo lifted: HDFC Bank

RBI ban on new credit cards sale hit mkt share, will come back with a bang once embargo lifted: HDFC Bank

Mumbai: The bank’s head of consumer finance, digital banking and information technology, Parag Rao, said that it has used the last six months to ”introspect, re-engineer and innovate” about the cards business, where it has 15.5 million customers.

The bank has lost its market share by a couple of percentage points because of the ban, but the actions taken internally have ensured that it continues to hold on to market share by spends, he said.

In December, the RBI acted against repeated technological outages at HDFC Bank over two years by slapping unprecedented penalties, which included a ban on any new credit card issuance and also prohibition on launching new digital initiatives.

”We have got very aggressive plans to get back in the market with a big bang… You will rapidly see HDFC Bank not just regaining market share but also significantly increasing our spend market share,” Rao said.

Without sharing any details over when he expects the ban to be lifted, Rao said within 3-4 months of the ban getting lifted, one should expect a correction in the incremental market share back to the pre-ban levels, launch of new products and features and also partnerships which have been forged during this period.

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