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Axis Bank net slumps 73% on provisioning

January 20, 2017 15:35 IST

Axis Bank's loan portfolio quality deteriorated, with gross NPAs rising to 5.22% of gross advances.

A sharp drop in Axis Bank’s net profit for the December quarter due to higher provisions for bad loans overshadowed better performance by Federal Bank, YES Bank and Lakshmi Vilas Bank.

The Mumbai-based private lender’s net profit dipped 73 per cent to Rs 580 crore, from Rs 2,175 crore a year before.

Federal Bank, YES Bank and Lakshmi Vilas Bank on Thursday reported 26-70 per cent rise in net profit for the December quarter.

Axis Bank’s loan portfolio quality deteriorated, with gross non-performing assets (NPAs) rising to 5.22 per cent of gross advances; this was 1.68 per cent at end-December 2015.

Provisions and contingencies for bad loans grew to Rs 3,795 crore, from Rs 712 crore in the same quarter of FY16. In the second quarter, it had set aside Rs 3,622 crore for this.

The Provision Coverage Ratio (PCR) improved from 60 per cent at end-September to 64 per cent at end-December. The PCR was higher at 72 per cent at end-December 2015.

Its net interest margin (NIM) came under pressure due to the one-time cost for restructuring of stressed loans. The surge in deposits without commensurate income earning opportunities dented NIM from 3.79 per cent in Q3 a year before to 3.43 per cent.

Jairam Shridharan, president and chief financial officer, said they were staying with the earlier NIM expectation of 3.6 per cent for the current financial year ending March.

YES Bank, also Mumbai-based, reported a 30.6 per cent rise in net profit at Rs 883 crore, up from Rs 676 crore in Q3 of FY16. Healthy growth in net interest income (NII) and a spike in low cost current and savings accounts due to demonetisation has boosted the profitability.

Its NII rose by 30.3 per cent to Rs 1,507 crore. The NIM expanded to 3.5 per cent, from 3.4 per cent in Q2.

Federal Bank saw a 26.4 per cent rise in net profit at Rs 205.6 crore, with higher interest income and fewer slippages. The Kochi-based lender had a net profit of Rs 162.7 crore a year before.

Although asset quality improved, provisions and contingencies were at Rs 158.8 crore, more than double the Rs 75.1 crore in Q3 of FY16. Gross NPAs came down to 2.77 per cent of gross advances, against 3.15 per cent a year earlier.

Lakshmi Vilas's net profit increased by 70 per cent, from Rs 46.1 crore in Q3 of FY6 to Rs 78.4 crore. Interest income grew by 11.5 per cent, from Rs 653.7 crore to Rs 729 crore.

Photograph: Reuters.

Abhijit Lele and Anup Roy
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