May 13, 2013, 10.56 AM | Source: PTI

Allahabad Bank to cut NPAs to 3.2%; aims to recover Rs 3Kcr

Allahabad Bank is looking to cut its gross non-performing assets (NPAs) level to around 3.2 per cent from the last fiscal's level of 3.92 percent aided by sustained effort on recovery.

Public sector lender Allahabad Bank aims to bring down its gross non-performing assets (NPAs) level to around 3.2 per cent from the last fiscal's level of 3.92 per cent on the back of sustained effort on recovery, a top bank official has said.

"As far as asset quality is concerned, we aim to bring down our gross NPAs to around 3.2 per cent by end of this fiscal from 3.92 per cent in FY13," chairman and managing director Shubhalakshmi Panse told PTI over the weekend. She also said the bank is monitoring bad accounts on a daily basis along with focus on recovery.

"We aim to recover Rs 2,800-3,000 crore in the current fiscal from Rs 2,300 crore done last fiscal," Panse said. The bank chief also said the possibility of upgrade of accounts would be more with economic growth. Last week, Allahabad Bank had reported a 68.5 per cent decline in net profit at Rs 126.15 crore in the fourth quarter of last fiscal on account of rise in bad loans.

Referring to the cost of funds for the bank, Panse said with repricing of bulk deposits, it had already come down in Q4 and is likely to go down further. She also said the growth of low cost deposit (Casa) is good for the bank and it hopes to sustain it in the current financial year.

The bank had a Casa (current account, savings account) ratio of around 31 per cent by end of the past fiscal. Panse, however, said it has little room for reduction in lending rates as it had already done so in February and its current lending rates are competitive.

On the issue of growth in loan book, she said while corporate loan book will see good growth, the bank wants to increase its retail assets. "We aim to increase our retail loan book to 15 per cent from present 13.5 per cent," Panse said.


Allahabad Bank stock price

On November 27, 2015, Allahabad Bank closed at Rs 75.75, up Rs 2.35, or 3.20 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 136.55 and the 52-week low was Rs 72.00.

The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 11.50 per share as per the quarter ended September 2015. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 6.59. The latest book value of the company is Rs 196.86 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 0.38.

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