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Updated on: Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 11:22 PM IST

Canara Bank Q1 net profit rises nearly 3-fold to Rs 1,177 cr as provisions fall

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The lender expects fresh slippages of Rs 14,000-15,000 crore during the current fiscal. | File Image

The lender expects fresh slippages of Rs 14,000-15,000 crore during the current fiscal. | File Image

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State-run Canara Bank on Tuesday reported a nearly three-fold jump in its net profit to Rs 1,177 crore in the quarter ended in June helped by a dip in the provision for bad loans.

The bank had reported a profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 406 crore in the year-ago quarter.

Total income in the April-June increased marginally to Rs 21,210.06 crore, from Rs 20,685.91 crore in the year-ago period, Net interest income rose by 0.84 per cent to Rs 6,147 crore in April-June 2021-22 from Rs 6,096 crore in the same quarter of the previous fiscal.

The bank's non-interest income grew by 67.47 per cent to Rs 4,438 crore in the reporting quarter compared to Rs 2,650 crore last year. Net interest margin (NIM) declined to 2.71 per cent in the quarter from 2.84 per cent in the year-ago quarter.

Gross non-performing assets (GNPA) ratio stood at 8.50 per cent as against 8.84 per cent as of June 2020. Net non-performing assets (NNPA) ratio was at 3.46 per cent compared to 3.95 per cent.

Provision Coverage Ratio (PCR) improved to 81.18 per cent from 78.95 per cent last year same period.

Bank's total provision increased by 17.89 per cent to Rs 4,574 crore from Rs 3,880 crore. However, provision for non-performing loans (NPAs) dipped by 34.23 per cent to Rs 2,335 crore from Rs 3,550 crore in the same quarter of the previous fiscal.

Fresh slippages during the quarter were at Rs 4,253 crore. Of the total slippages, 18-19 per cent came in from the retail sector and around 55-66 per cent from the MSME segment.

The bank's managing director and CEO L V Prabhakar told reporters that the collection efficiency has reached to 91 per cent as on June 30, indicating borrowers have started repaying.

"There was stress which was duly addressed by giving borrowers facilities under the resolution process and restructured under the Resolution 2.0 framework. This gave borrowers some breathing time and now they have started their businesses. Going forward, the stress should not be more than Rs 4,000-4,500 crore in the coming quarter (Q2)," he said.

The lender expects fresh slippages of Rs 14,000-15,000 crore during the current fiscal.

Under the RBI's Resolution Framework 2.0 for COVID-19, the lender has restructured 3.51 lakh accounts worth Rs 13,234 crore. Post these restructuring, the bank has received about Rs 64 crore of payments into the account and Rs 35 crore as pre-payment, he said.

"We are of the opinion that restructuring of retail, MSME, and small business has helped a lot to our borrowers and we are hopeful that in the coming two to three months there will be more and more borrowers who will be repaying the instalments even though they are not due," Prabhakar said.

Cash recovery in the quarter stood at Rs 1,598 crore and the bank upgraded Rs 2,292 crore of loans.

Prabhakar said at the start of fiscal 2021-22 the bank had given a recovery target of Rs 10,000 for the full year, but the number will be achieved much before March-end.

Capital to risky asset ratio (CRAR) stood at 13.36 per cent as of June 2021. Out of which tier-I was 10.34 per cent and tier-II at 3.02 per cent.

Domestic deposit grew by 11.6 per cent to Rs 9,70,481 crore gross domestic advances rose by 5.94 per cent to Rs 6,61,236 Cr as at June 2021. The bank expects a credit growth of 7.5 per cent in FY22.

Speaking on National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL), it's executive director Debashish Mukerjee said the bank's board has approved an investment of 12 per cent in the bad bank.

"The board of NARCL has been formed and one of our CGMs has been inducted as the board of directors of NARCL. We are in the process of finalising what accounts are to be transferred," he said.

He said NARCL is yet to receive a license from the regulator RBI.

Prabhakar said the bank will soon begin the process to raise Rs 2,500 crore through qualified institutional placement (QIP) route.

The bank's scrip ended at Rs 148.80 apiece, up 1.47 per cent on BSE.

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