IndusInd, a bank, has agreed to buy Bharat Financial Inclusion in an all-share deal valuing the poster child of niche lending at $2.4 bln. The 11 pct premium is small but fair given concerns over the long-term sustainability of independent pure-play lenders to the poor.
Athens wants to issue bonds just after receiving another bailout tranche. If Greece had to finance itself at market rates it would struggle to stay solvent. But debt relief from European governments and ECB bond-buying will reduce the risk. Investors may find the wager appealing. Full view will be published shortly.