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One More Bank under RBI’s Corrective Lens. What’s the Plan

Public sector Central Bank of India has been placed under the RBI’s watchlist on Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) owing to high bad loans and negative return on assets.

IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, UCO Bank and Dena Bank have already come under the PCA initiated by the Reserve Bank, which is a noose-tightening on fresh loan disbursal as well as dividend distribution.

“Reserve Bank of India, vide its letter dated June 13, 2017, has put the bank under Prompt Corrective Action in view of high NPA (non-performing assets) and negative return on assets (RoA),” Central Bank of India said in a regulatory filing today.

The bank further said: “We believe that corrective measures arising out of the PCA will help in improving overall performance of the bank.”

For the fiscal ended March 2017, the bank has reported a net loss of Rs 2,439 crore, against a loss of Rs 1,418 crore in 2015-16.

Net non-performing assets (NPAs) also jumped to 10.20 per cent of net advances for the fiscal from 7.36 per cent year ago.

PCA is a framework devised by RBI that monitors key areas like capital, asset quality and profitability of banks.

As part of the PCA framework, among others, there are a few threshold levels with regard to a bank’s common equity tier-I (CET 1) capital, and upon breach of a certain level, a bank may become a likely candidate for resolution via different methods like amalgamation, reconstruction and winding up.

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