Money & Banking

Lakhsmi Vilas Bank aims to reduce NPAs to 3% this fiscal

PTI Mumbai | Updated on January 27, 2013 Published on January 27, 2013

South-based Lakhsmi Vilas Bank expects to close the fiscal with a gross NPA of less than 3 per cent against the 4.5 per cent levels observed during the end of September quarter, on the back of improved recovery.

“We will be at 3 per cent by March as compared to 4.5 per cent levels we reported in September...we expect recoveries in 2-3 accounts during this quarter,” the bank’s MD and interim CEO K S R Anjaneyulu told PTI.

Without specifying the amount likely to be recovered, he said the bank was confident of recovering money from the three clients from diverse sectors and there has already been a communication received from them showing readiness to repay.

The bank had posted a 4.50 per cent level of gross non-performing assets (NPAs), or Rs 490 crore in absolute terms, which is one of the highest among private banks. It is yet to declare its December results.

The bank has also undertaken an expansion drive and hopes to add a fourth to its total branches by the end of May, Anjaneyulu said.

“We have received RBI nod to add 71 branches to the existing 291 and will be inaugurating those by end May and then reapplying for more,” he said.

About 28 of the new licenses are for Tier-I cities, which give higher revenues, he said, adding that the bank will invest an average of up to Rs 15 lakh per branch.

Courtesy these efforts, the bank is targeting to grow its percentage of the low cost CASA (current account savings accounts) deposits from 14 per cent now, one of the lowest in the industry.

“We see the CASA growing to 17 per cent by March 2013 as all the 28 tier-I branches will be opened by then. In June quarter, as all our branches open, we target it to be at 20 per cent and 25 per cent by March 2014,” he said, adding that each new branch will seek to have 40 per cent CASA deposits.

The lift in the CASA number will also be accompanied by an expansion of margins, Anjaneyulu said, adding that the September’s number of 2.4 per cent will grow to 3 per cent by December, 2013.

The bank is confident of achieving its targeted 23-24 per cent jump in advances this year and has already witnessed a 18 per cent surge, Anjaneyulu said.

Anjaneyulu, who was earlier serving as an executive director, took over as the MD and interim CEO in November 2012 following the resignation of P R Somasundaram due to personal reasons.

Published on January 27, 2013
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