"There is a lot of volatility happening on economic front, uncertainty is building up, but we want to grow better than the market, we are aiming to achieve 20 to 30 percent growth in our total business," the bank’s executive vice president, Mahesh Balasubramanian told reporters in Chennai.
    
Kotak Mahindra Bank clocked a growth of 19 percent and 26 percent in advances and deposits, respectively in the first quarter of current fiscal. In the last fiscal, its advances grew by 25 percent while deposits went up by 32 percent.
    
The bank has a loan portfolio of Rs 50,539 crore and deposits to the tune of Rs 52,454 crore as on June 30, 2013. To achieve ambitious growth target, the bank will focus on its commercial and consumer loan segments.
    
"Our focus will be on rural and semi urban rural market, consumer banking loans, agriculture loans and commercial loans," he said.
    
In consumer banking segment, Kotak Mahindra’s mortgage and personal loans grew by 20 and 70 percent respectively, while agriculture loans went up by 28 percent as on June 30, 2013.
    
On expansion plans, Balasubramanian said that the bank would raise its branch strength from 445 to 550 by March 2014.
    
Asked whether the bank will go ahead with its branch expansion in the wake of ‘weak’ economic environment, he said, "We are a growing bank and believe there is room to grow and we will expand in market where we see opportunities.”

(Agencies)

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