Money & Banking

SBI hints at more rate cuts for select categories

PTI Mumbai | Updated on September 24, 2012 Published on September 24, 2012

State Bank of India (SBI) today said though there is little room for further reduction in the base rate, it could cut lending rates in select categories, as it recently did for the SMEs, home and auto loans.

Given that the bank has already reduced the base rate, another round of rate cut may be difficult but the bank may go for reducing rates and thereby cutting spreads in select loan categories, SBI Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri told reporters here.

The bank had slashed its base rate by 0.25 per cent to 9.75 per cent last Tuesday in a bid to transmit the benefit of the 0.25 per cent reduction in the cash reserve ratio by the RBI.

Chaudhuri said with the reduction in base rate, the bank was leading the path of interest rate reduction in the system, in sync with the wishes of the central bank.

The bank, which had also reduced its deposit rates in some specific tenors in the recent past due to subdued credit growth, currently has an excess liquidity of over Rs 70,000 crore, including Rs 50,000 crore in SLR bonds.

Chaudhuri also said despite muted credit growth, the bank is hopeful of meeting its credit growth target of 18-20 per cent on the back of recent reduction in the base rate.

According to Chaudhuri, credit growth is up 14.5 per cent as of now, while deposits are clipping at 16 per cent. The bank also aims at 20-25 per cent growth in auto and home loan in the current fiscal on the back of recent rate reduction in these segments.

Referring to net interest margin (NIM), he said that NIM for domestic business till August 31 was 3.94 per cent.

Published on September 24, 2012
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