20 December 2017 10:15:59 IST

RBI puts BoI under watch; initiates ‘corrective action’

This is in view of high net NPA

The RBI has initiated a ‘prompt corrective action’ against Bank of India for mounting bad loans, placing various restrictions on it including issuing of fresh loans and dividend distribution, BoI said today.

In a filing to stock exchanges, BoI said Reserve Bank of India has placed it under Prompt Corrective Action Framework, consequent to the onsite inspection under the risk based supervision model carried out for the year ended March 2017.

“This is in view of high net NPA, insufficient CET1 Capital and negative ROA (return on asset) for two consequent years. This action will contribute to the overall improvement in risk management, asset quality, profitability, efficiency, etc of the bank,” BoI said.

At the end of March 2017, the bank’s asset quality worsened with gross non performing assets (NPAs) at 13.22 per cent, as against 13.07 per cent in the previous year. Net NPAs, however, improved to 6.90 per cent from 7.79 per cent.

For the second quarter ended September, 2017-18, asset quality improved as gross NPAs declined marginally to 12.62 per cent of gross advances, from 13.45 per cent a year ago.

Net NPAs also improved to 6.47 per cent of net advances for the period under review, down from 7.56 per cent a year ago.

In absolute terms, gross NPAs stood at ₹49,306.90 crore as on September 2017, from ₹52,261.95 crore earlier.

The RBI has initiated similar action against other public sector banks including IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and UCO Bank.

The Reserve Bank in April had issued a new set of enabling provisions under the revised PCA framework with a clause that if the bank does not show improvement then it could be either be merged or taken over by other bank.

The BoI stock was trading at ₹174.50, down 3.78 per cent on BSE.