Edelweiss Capital was incorporated on November 21, 1995 as a public limited company. The company received its certificate for commencement of business on January 16, 1996. The company commenced investment banking activities and registered with SEBI as a ‘Category I Merchant Banker’ (as defined under the SEBI (Merchant Bankers) Rules, 1992) and thereafter as a ‘Portfolio Manager’ (as defined under the SEBI (Portfolio Managers) Rules, 1993) and as an ‘underwriter’ under the SEBI (Underwriting) Regulations, 1993. The company entered the business of securities broking in the year 2002 by acquisition of Rooshnil Securities Private, which later changed to Edelweiss Securities and is presently known as Edelweiss Securities.
The year 2004 witnessed the foray of the company into the businesses of insurance advisory as well as commodities broking and trading. The business of insurance advisory is carried through the subsidiary, Edelweiss Insurance Brokers. The subsidiary, ECAL Advisors carries on the business of commodities broking and trading. The company also has its presence in non-banking financial activities through its subsidiaries, Crossborder Investments (acquired in the year 2000) and ECL Finance (incorporated in the year 2005) which are NBFC’s. Edelweiss Real Estate Advisors, which was previously the company’s subsidiary and its subsidiary Edelweiss Trustee Services, were incorporated in the year 2006, for launching the company’s first real estate fund which was registered with the SEBI as a ‘Venture Capital Fund’ (as defined under the SEBI (Venture Capital Funds) Regulations, 1996).
The company raised funds through private equity from Connect Capital Holdings in the year 2000. Greater Pacific Capital (GPC) concluded a strategic investment in the company in October 2005. Apart from fresh Investment in the company, GPC also bought out Connect Capital Holdings’ stake in the company, thereby taking its equity stake to 20%. The company also attracted capital from Galleon Diversified Fund, Heliconia Pte (which is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of GIC (Ventures) Pte held through a wholly owned subsidiary Lathe Investment Pte), BIH SA and Shuaa Capital in 2006. Recently, investment in the company was made by Lehman Brothers Netherlands Horizons BV and Galleon Special Opportunities Master Fund Limited - Galleon Crossover Segregated Portfolio. The company does not have any strategic or financial partners.
Edelweiss is one of India's leading financial services conglomerates, offering a robust platform, to a diversified client base across domestic and global geographies.
Its businesses are broadly divided into Credit Business (Corporate Credit comprises of Structured Collateralised Credit to Corporates, Wholesale Mortgage and Distressed Credit. Retail Credit comprises of housing finance, loan against property, LAS, SME and Agri Finance, and Rural Finance), Franchise Business (Wealth Management, Asset Management and Capital Markets,) and Life Insurance. The Balance Sheet Management Unit operations manage the liquidity and Balance Sheet. Edelweiss has an asset base of ~Rs 38,700 crore with revenue of Rs 6,634 crore and net profit of Rs 609 crore for FY17. Its consistent performance is evidenced by a consolidated PAT CAGR of 36% over last 20 quarters.
The group’s research driven approach and proven history of innovation has enabled it to foster strong relationships across all client segments. The group has sizeable presence in large retail segment through its businesses such as Life Insurance, Housing Finance, Mutual Fund and Retail Financial Markets. It serves over 1Mn strong client base through 6,972 employees based out of 277 offices (including international offices) in 127 cities. Together with strong network of SubBrokers and Authorized Persons, Edelweiss group has presence across all major cities in India.
Business of the company
SME & Business Loans
Loans Against Shares
Agri & Rural Finance
The company has seven direct and two indirect subsidiaries:
Edelweiss Securities Limited (ESL) - ESL was originally incorporated on August 20, 1993 is presently engaged in the business of an investment company, including financial research, analysis, appraisal of shares, securities, to acquire by purchase or otherwise shares, stocks, debentures, debenture-stock, bonds, obligations or securities of any company or corporation and to deal in the same as brokers, sub-brokers or underwriters or sub-underwriters
Crossborder Investments Private Limited (CIPL) - CIPL was incorporated in Mumbai on October 27, 1994 is presently engaged in the business of an investment company, to invest in, acquire, subscribe for, mortgage or hold shares, bonds, stocks, debentures and all other securities issued or guaranteed by any company, Government or public body constituted in India or elsewhere and to carry on in India or abroad the business of financing such as money lending, bill discounting, factoring, corporate lending to advance money with or without securities and provide financing to industrial enterprises. CIPL was acquired by the company on March 3, 2000.
Edelweiss Commodities and Advisors Limited (ECAL) - ECAL was incorporated in Mumbai on October 5, 2004 is presently engaged in the business of trading in agricultural products, metals including precious metals, precious stones, diamonds, petroleum and energy products and all other commodities and securities; as brokers, sub brokers, market makers, arbitrageurs, investors and/or hedgers in the above mentioned commodities and securities, and to become members and participate in trading, settlement and other activities of commodity exchange/s for itself or for its clients.
ECL Finance Limited (ECL Finance) - ECL Finance was incorporated in Mumbai on July 18, 2005 is presently engaged in the business of financing, money lending, bill discounting, factoring, corporate lending with or without securities; providing finance to industrial enterprises and participating in consortium finance with other institutions or body corporates.
Edelcap Securities and Transaction Services Private Limited (Edelcap STSPL) - Edelcap STSPL was originally incorporated in Mumbai on June 28, 2005 is currently engaged in the business of a loan and investment company and for this purpose it provides finance, whether by making loans or advances or otherwise, and lends or advances money with or without interest, either upon or without security.
Edelweiss Insurance Brokers Limited (EIBL) - EIBL was originally incorporated in Mumbai on February 8, 2000.
Edelweiss Trustee Services Private Limited (ETSPL) - ETSPL was incorporated in Mumbai on August 8, 2005
Edelweiss Capital USA LLC (ECUSA) - ECUSA was organized as a limited liability company in Delaware, United States of America on June 8, 2001.
EC Global Limited, Mauritius (ECGL) - ECGL was originally incorporated in Mauritius as a ‘Category I Global Business Company’ on December 29, 2004
2000 - Acquisition of Crossborder Investments Private Limited
2001 - F & O license obtained in the year 2001
2002 - NBFC registration of Crossborder Investments Private Limited Acquisition of Rooshnil Securities Private Limited
2004 - Commencement of Commodity Broking
2005 - Commencement of Insurance Broking
2006 - NBFC registration of ECL Finance Limited
2006 - Managed the first Qualified Institutional Placement under the new regulatory framework in India
2006 - Advised the first AIM listing of a listed Indian corporate
2007 - Clearing Member License
Edelweiss Capital informed that: ‘The Board of Directors of Edelweiss Capital Limited, vide a Circular Resolution passed on April 7, 2008 have approved change in the Company Secretary and Compliance Officer of the Company from Smruti Jhaveri to Chetan Gandhi.’
Edelweiss gets SEBI nod to launch MF
Edelweiss Capital appointed Berjis Desai as an Additional (Independent) Director on the Board of Directors of the Company with effect from November 18, 2009.
Edelweiss forms venture with Tokio Marine
2010 - Edelweiss Capital bought Anagram for Rs 164 crore
- Company has changed its name from Edelweiss Capital Ltd. to Edelweiss Financial Services Lt
- Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. acquires Forefront
- Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd agreed to acquire Ambit Investment Advisors’ flagship hedge fund Ambit Alpha Fund with an AUM of over Rs.1,100 crore