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Rs 15,000-cr stake sale satisfies capital needs for at least a year, says SBI

This will take some of the pressure off the government which owns majority stakes in more than 20 lenders

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairman, SBI at a press conference in Mumbai. Photo: Kamlesh Pednekar
Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairman, SBI at a press conference in Mumbai. Photo: Kamlesh Pednekar

of India said on Friday it may not need to tap equity markets for at least another year as its ratios will strengthen in the wake of this week's $2.3 billion (approximately Rs 15,000 crore) share sale.

India's biggest lender is also due to gain additional funds this financial year from a planned share sale in its life insurance arm and also from possible stake divestments it considers non-core, the head of the bank, Arundhati Bhattacharya, told a briefing.

As such, there is no need for to seek funds from the government for now, she added.

The successful sale, India's biggest ever qualified institutional placement, will take some of the pressure off the government which owns majority stakes in more than 20 lenders. Many of them, analysts say, do not have the ability to raise external capital, making them heavily dependent on the government.

Moody's Investors Service said on Thursday that the 11 Indian state-run banks it rates, including SBI, could need up to 950 billion rupees ($14.8 billion) in by March 2019, far more than the 200 billion rupees plans to inject into banks by then.

Bhattacharya said SBI's key ratios would rise by 79 basis points after the share sale, with its capital-to-risk weighted assets ratio likely to rise to 13.64 per cent and common equity Tier 1 climbing to 10.2 per cent.

"As per the plan we have put in place we are quite comfortable till next year," she said.

The lender, which accounts for more than a fifth of Indian banking assets, expects loans to rise 10-12 per cent in the current year to March 2018, and 14 per cent in the year after.

After the share sale, the Indian government will see its ownership of fall to 57.07 per cent.

State-run Life Insurance Corp of India, a traditional big investor in government-related share sales, bought 38 per cent of the share issue, which priced at the top of its indicated range.

Domestic investors bought 25 per cent, while foreign institutional investors subscribed to 26 per cent and foreign hedge funds accounted for 11 per cent.

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Rs 15,000-cr stake sale satisfies capital needs for at least a year, says SBI

This will take some of the pressure off the government which owns majority stakes in more than 20 lenders

This will take some of the pressure off the government which owns majority stakes in more than 20 lenders

of India said on Friday it may not need to tap equity markets for at least another year as its ratios will strengthen in the wake of this week's $2.3 billion (approximately Rs 15,000 crore) share sale.

India's biggest lender is also due to gain additional funds this financial year from a planned share sale in its life insurance arm and also from possible stake divestments it considers non-core, the head of the bank, Arundhati Bhattacharya, told a briefing.

As such, there is no need for to seek funds from the government for now, she added.

The successful sale, India's biggest ever qualified institutional placement, will take some of the pressure off the government which owns majority stakes in more than 20 lenders. Many of them, analysts say, do not have the ability to raise external capital, making them heavily dependent on the government.

Moody's Investors Service said on Thursday that the 11 Indian state-run banks it rates, including SBI, could need up to 950 billion rupees ($14.8 billion) in by March 2019, far more than the 200 billion rupees plans to inject into banks by then.

Bhattacharya said SBI's key ratios would rise by 79 basis points after the share sale, with its capital-to-risk weighted assets ratio likely to rise to 13.64 per cent and common equity Tier 1 climbing to 10.2 per cent.

"As per the plan we have put in place we are quite comfortable till next year," she said.

The lender, which accounts for more than a fifth of Indian banking assets, expects loans to rise 10-12 per cent in the current year to March 2018, and 14 per cent in the year after.

After the share sale, the Indian government will see its ownership of fall to 57.07 per cent.

State-run Life Insurance Corp of India, a traditional big investor in government-related share sales, bought 38 per cent of the share issue, which priced at the top of its indicated range.

Domestic investors bought 25 per cent, while foreign institutional investors subscribed to 26 per cent and foreign hedge funds accounted for 11 per cent.

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Rs 15,000-cr stake sale satisfies capital needs for at least a year, says SBI

This will take some of the pressure off the government which owns majority stakes in more than 20 lenders

of India said on Friday it may not need to tap equity markets for at least another year as its ratios will strengthen in the wake of this week's $2.3 billion (approximately Rs 15,000 crore) share sale.

India's biggest lender is also due to gain additional funds this financial year from a planned share sale in its life insurance arm and also from possible stake divestments it considers non-core, the head of the bank, Arundhati Bhattacharya, told a briefing.

As such, there is no need for to seek funds from the government for now, she added.

The successful sale, India's biggest ever qualified institutional placement, will take some of the pressure off the government which owns majority stakes in more than 20 lenders. Many of them, analysts say, do not have the ability to raise external capital, making them heavily dependent on the government.

Moody's Investors Service said on Thursday that the 11 Indian state-run banks it rates, including SBI, could need up to 950 billion rupees ($14.8 billion) in by March 2019, far more than the 200 billion rupees plans to inject into banks by then.

Bhattacharya said SBI's key ratios would rise by 79 basis points after the share sale, with its capital-to-risk weighted assets ratio likely to rise to 13.64 per cent and common equity Tier 1 climbing to 10.2 per cent.

"As per the plan we have put in place we are quite comfortable till next year," she said.

The lender, which accounts for more than a fifth of Indian banking assets, expects loans to rise 10-12 per cent in the current year to March 2018, and 14 per cent in the year after.

After the share sale, the Indian government will see its ownership of fall to 57.07 per cent.

State-run Life Insurance Corp of India, a traditional big investor in government-related share sales, bought 38 per cent of the share issue, which priced at the top of its indicated range.

Domestic investors bought 25 per cent, while foreign institutional investors subscribed to 26 per cent and foreign hedge funds accounted for 11 per cent.

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