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Capital raising will improve PSU banks' loss-absorbing buffers: Moody's

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018

In a Credit Outlook article, Moody’s said that it signals improved access to the equity capital markets and will reduce PSU banks' dependence on fund infusion from the government.

Capital raising by a number of public sector banks, including PNB and UBI, is credit positive because it will help improve their loss-absorbing buffers, global rating agency Moody’s has said.

In a Credit Outlook article, Moody’s said that it signals improved access to the equity capital markets and will reduce PSU banks' dependence on fund infusion from the government.

“The inability of most PSBs to access the equity markets has been a key capital constraint. The share prices of most PSBs that we rate improved substantially after the Indian government’s October announcement of the recapitalisation package for the country’s 21 PSBs,” it said.

Last week, Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Union Bank of India (UBI) had raised Rs 5,000 crore and Rs 2,000 crore through qualified institutional placement. Besides, Syndicate Bank raised Rs 1,150 crore.

“The PSBs’ capital raises are credit positive because they will help improve the banks’ loss-absorbing buffers ahead of the gradual phase-in of Basel III norms in the country,” it said.

On a pro forma basis, Moody's said raising of capital will add about 100 basis points to PNB’s Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio, which was 8.1 per cent as of September 2017. UBI and Syndicate each will add 60-70 basis points to their CET1 ratios, which were 7 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively, as of September 2017, it added.

Published on December 19, 2017

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