Money & Banking

Interest income boosts SBI net 14% in third quarter

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on January 25, 2011 Published on January 23, 2011

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A robust growth in interest income, coupled with tight control on interest expenses, helped State Bank of India report a 14 per cent increase in net profit in the third quarter ended December 31, 2010. Net profit rose to Rs 2,828 crore, from Rs 2,479 crore in the corresponding quarter last year.

India's largest lender recorded an interest income — comprising mainly of interest on advances, income from investments and other income — of Rs 21,413 crore, up 20 per cent over the corresponding quarter last year (Rs 17,780 crore). Interest expended was contained at Rs 12,363 crore (Rs 11,463 crore).

But for what he considered an arbitrary regulatory stipulation on the provision coverage ratio (PCR), the SBI Chairman, Mr O.P. Bhatt, said the bank's net profit would have been Rs 3,280 crore, a 32 per cent growth.

In the reporting quarter, loan loss provisions shot up 217 per cent to Rs 1,632 crore (Rs 515 crore). Following the increase in provisioning, the bank's PCR rose to 64.07 per cent (56.19 per cent), against the regulatory requirement of 70 per cent.

The bank has written to the RBI to allow it to reach the stipulated provisioning coverage ratio of 70 per cent by March 2012 instead of September 2011. This will put less strain on the bank and enable it to systematically make a provisioning of about Rs 500 crore each quarter for the next few quarters.

Home loans

On whether the bank is required to make a provision on its special home loans, Mr Bhatt said: “Our special home loans are not teaser loans. There is no opacity, nor is there risk. We have written to the RBI explaining why there is no need for provisioning for the special home loans. For the moment they have agreed, but they will take a view.”

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Published on January 23, 2011
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