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Aug 18, 2012, 11.32 AM IST
Brickwork Ratings has reaffirmed the rating of "BWR AAA" with a stable outlook for the ratings of Union Bank of India. The rating stands for an instrument that is considered to have the Highest degree of safety regarding timely serving of financial obligations. Such instruments carry lowest credit risk.
Brickwork Ratings has reaffirmed the rating of "BWR AAA" with a stable outlook for the ratings of Union Bank of India . The rating "BWR AAA" stands for an instrument that is considered to have the Highest degree of safety regarding timely serving of financial obligations. Such instruments carry lowest credit risk. The rating has been reaffirmed taking into account the financial performance of the bank and publicly available information.
Union Bank of India is one of the larger public sector banks with a total global business of Rs 4,03,900 crores as on 31st March 2012 (as compared to Rs 3,55,483 crores during the previous year) registering an increase of 13.62% over the last year. The bank has steadily grown its asset base over the years, aided by a strong growth in its deposits and advances. Global Deposits have grown from Rs 2,02,461 crores in FY11 to Rs 2,22,869 crores during FY12 registering a growth of 10.087% and global advances have grown from Rs 1,53,022 crores in FY11 to Rs 1,81,031 crores during FY12, a growth of 18.30%. The bank has reported decrease in profitability by 14.16% due to higher provision for restructured accounts to the extent of Rs 507 crores.
As on March 2012, the bank has reported a capital adequacy ratio of 11.85% out of which Tier I capital adequacy ratio stood at 8.37%. In FY12, the Government shareholding has gone down to 54.35% from 57.07% in FY11 on account of share allotment to LIC amounting to Rs 650.30 crores.
The Bank’s gross NPA as a percentage to total advances increased from 2.37% in FY11 to 3.01% in FY12. Net NPA as a percentage to net advances increased from 1.19% in FY11 to 1.70% in FY12. Accretion to NPA is attributable to sectoral downturn in Power, Textiles and Realty sector. Further, automated Income Recognition and Asset Classification has resulted in sudden spurt in NPAs. Accretion to NPA in small measures is also attributed to restructured assets being recognized as NPA. Of the total restructured account of the bank 10.30% have turned NPA’s as of March 31, 2012.
Net interest margin of the Bank have decreased to 3.21% in FY12 from 3.33% in FY11. NIM growth has been driven mainly due to increased cost of funds which moved from 5.19% in FY11 to 6.33% in FY12 on account of tight liquidity conditions in the financial market and higher policy rates.
While it is expected that the Bank will continue to get the support of from its majority shareholder, Government of India (GoI), in the current economic scenario especially when the Bank has substantial exposure towards Infrastructure sector, maintaining the asset quality could be quite challenging.
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