New Delhi: Scam-hit Punjab National Bank today posted loss of Rs 13,416.91 crore for the January-March period, the biggest ever by any domestic lender, as bad loans surged. The state-owned bank had reported standalone profit of Rs 261.90 crore in the fourth quarter of the preceding fiscal, 2016-17. With regards to provision made for the loss incurred on account of Nirav Modi fraud, the bank said it provided for Rs 7,178 crore, 50 per cent of the total amount of Rs 14,356 crore in the fourth quarter of 2017-18. The remaining amount will be covered in the three quarters of the current fiscal year.
PNB further said it has paid Rs 6,586.11 crore to other banks to discharge its liabilities towards Letter of Undertakings (LoUs) and Foreign Letter of Credits (FLCs) issued fraudulently and in unauthorised manner to certain overseas branches of Indian banks through the misuse of SWIFT system of the bank, which was then not integrated with CBS (core banking solutions). Modi and his associates in connivance with some officials of PNB defrauded the bank of over USD 2 billion dollar.
The total income for the fourth quarter also declined to Rs 12,945.68 crore from Rs 14,989.33 crore in the year-ago period. The bank has witnessed deterioration in gross net performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans, which rose to 18.38 per cent of gross advances at the end of March this year, as against 12.53 per cent a year ago. Net NPAs were also soared to 11.24 per cent against 7.81 per cent year ago.
In absolute term, the gross NPA of the bank surged to Rs 86,620 crore in the fourth quarter as compared to Rs 55,370 crore in same quarter a year ago. Similarly, the net NPA also rose to Rs 48,684.29 crore from Rs 32,702 crore at the end of March 2017. As a result, provisions for the bad loans jumped four-fold to Rs 16,202.82 crore for the quarter under review compared to Rs 4,910.39 crore parked aside in the same period a year ago.
Total provisions other than tax also increased to Rs 20,353.10 crore as against Rs 5,753.51 crore in the same quarter of the previous fiscal. Even on operating profit basis, the bank had loss of Rs 447.38 crore in the quarter as against Rs 6,231.79 crore profit in the year-ago period. As per the quarterly number, the RBI detected Gross NPA divergence of Rs 2,207 crore during the FY17. Accordingly, the net profit of the bank was adjusted to Rs 532.6 crore as against declared profit of Rs 1324.8 crore for entire 2016-17.