Tamilnad Mercantile Bank (TMB) has declared an interim dividend of 9,000 per cent.
That’s actually Rs 900 per share of Rs 10 each, for the fiscal ending March 2014.
The board of this Tuticorin-headquartered bank took a decision to this effect at a meeting held on January 18.
Bank sources said this would translate into an outgo of Rs 25.6 crore (unchanged from last year).
The 9,000 per cent interim dividend is said to be the highest in the banking industry and this is the second year in a row that the bank has declared such a high dividend. It may be recalled that the bank’s board had approved a dividend of Rs 750 per share for 2008-09 and Rs 1,000 per share the following year, but could not make the payment as the annual general meetings for 2009-10 and 2010-11 were not held due to legal issues.
Bank sources said TMB’s shares continue to trade at between Rs 60,000 and Rs 65,000 a share in the informal market.