Allahabad Bank is in the process of selling R540 crore worth of non-performing assets (NPAs) to assets reconstruction companies (ARCs) as a part of its ongoing effort to improve its performance in terms of asset quality and margins.The process of off-loading will be completed during the current quarter. The bank hopes to achieve an overall growth of 18% next fiscal.
“Stress is continuing because of the lag effect. This quarter will continue to feel this and there may be recovery only after that. While most of the restructuring is done, repayment would begin only down the year,” she said. As of September 30, the bank had restructured loans of R12,800 crore, of which R5,700 crore belonged to discoms alone. “The recovery targets have been doubled now from R411 to R900 crore,” she said.
The bank’s net profit for the second quarter had halved to R234 crore from R488 crore in the corresponding quarter last year as it had to made more provisions against NPAs in addition to the decline in net interest income and the net interest margins. The gross NPAs went up to 2.98%.
The bank hopes to see better performance in December quarter compared to the previous quarter on the back of reduction in NPAs and recovery in certain economic sectors including SMEs, manufacturing and retail. However, she maintained that the stress on the asset quality would continue this quarter due to the lag effect of last year though uptake in credit growth has been visible.
“The recovery has been coming from MSME, manufacturing, retail and services sectors while the infrastructure sector led by power and road projects are also getting implemented,” she added.