Skip to main content

Lead by PSBs, NPAs soar 34.5% in Q3; pain to linger on, claims report

Lead by PSBs, NPAs soar 34.5% in Q3; pain to linger on, claims report
Public sector banks had a weaker performance on various indicators, including the key parameter of NPAs and also profitability, according to the agency
The issue of impaired assets may be far from over for the banking system as gross non- performing assets have grown by 34.5 per cent in the December quarter, says a report. Even as bankers guide towards a better position with regard to bad loans, rating agency Care has said the issue of impaired assets is not yet over, including on recognition and accretion of loans into the dud assets category.
In the report based on the performances of 30 lenders, including 17 private sector banks and 13 state-run ones, the agency said the quantum of gross NPAs moved up to 9.45 per cent as of December from 8.34 per cent a year ago. While private sector banks' bad loans ratio was maintained broadly at 4.1 per cent, their state-run counterparts registered a spike in the proportion of dud assets at 12.4 per cent.
"It does appear that the worst may not yet be over for public sector banks with regards to NPAs and March 2018 would be the next touch point that will provide further guidance," Care said. Public sector banks had a weaker performance on various indicators, including the key parameter of NPAs and also profitability, according to the agency.
While the private sector lenders' profitability grew during the quarter, the state-run ones faced a loss of Rs 110 billion (Rs 11,000 crore), primarily dented by their provisions of Rs 510 billion (Rs 51,000 crore). Interest income grew 8.9 per cent as against a 2.3 per cent increase in interest expenditure, while net interest income for these 30 banks shot up 22.4 per cent, it said, adding other income declined due to hardening of the bond yields.
The Business Standard, New Delhi, 14th February 2018

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

RBI minutes show MPC members flagged upside risks to inflation

RBI minutes show MPC members flagged upside risks to inflation Concerns about economic growth and easing inflation prompted five of the six monetary policy committee (MPC) members to call for a cut in the repo rate, but most warned that prices could start accelerating, show the minutes of the panel’s last meeting, released on Wednesday. The comments reflected a tone of caution and flagged upside risks to inflation from farm loan waivers, rise in food prices, especially vegetables, price revisions withheld ahead of the goods and services tax, implementation of house rent allowance under the 7th pay commission and fading of favourable base effect, among others. On 2 August, the panel chose to cut the repurchase rate—the rate at which the central bank infuses liquidity in the banking system—by 25 basis points to 6%. One basis point is one-hundredth of a percentage point. Pami Dua, professor at the Delhi School of Economics, wrote that her analysis showed “a fading economic growth outlook, as …

Shrinking footprints of foreign banks in India

Shrinking footprints of foreign banks in India Foreign banks are increasingly shrinking their presence in India and are also becoming more conservative than private and public sector counterparts. While many of them have sold some of their businesses in India as part of their global strategy, some are trying to keep their core expertise intact. Others are branching out to newer areas to continue business momentum.For example, HSBC and Barclays Bank in India have got out of the retail business, whereas corporate-focused Standard Chartered Bank is now trying to increase its focus on retail “Building a retail franchise is a huge exercise and takes a long time. You cannot afford to lose it,” said Shashank Joshi, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ’s India head.According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, foreign banks’ combined loan book shrunk nearly 10 per cent from Rs 3.78 trillion in fiscal 2015-16 to Rs 3.42 trillion last financial year. The banking industry, which includes foreign banks…

Differential Tax Levy under GST: Food Firms May De-Register Trademarks

Differential Tax Levy under GST:Food Firms May De-Register Trademarks The government’s decision to charge an enhanced tax rate on trademark food brands is leading several rice, wheat and cereal manufacturers to consider de-registering their product trademarks. Irked by the June 28 central government notification fixing a 5 per cent goods and services tax (GST) rate on food items packaged in unit containers and bearing registered brand names, the industry has made several representations to the government to reconsider the differential tax levy, which these players say is creating an unlevel playing field within these highly-competitive and low-margin industries. Sources say that the move has affected the packaged rice industry the hardest and allowed the un-registered market leaders, India Gate and Daawat, to gain advantage as compared to other registered brands such as Kohinoor and Lal Qilla. Smaller players are even more worried with this enhanced rate of tax (against the otherwise …