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Smaller PSBs beat giants in dash to NCLT, Bank of Baroda tops with 55 cases

Total claims under insolvency proceedings stands at over Rs 1 trillion as of September, RTI replies show

N Sundaresha Subramanian  |  New Delhi 

Illustration: Binay sinha
Illustration: Binay sinha

Smaller have been more agile in the initial days of the Insolvency framework by moving more cases to the (NCLT). While among the large led the list, Uco Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, and have initiated more proceedings than their larger rivals such as State and Punjab National Bank. SBI, however, led the list in terms of value having initiated 18 cases with Rs 340.97 billion at stake, as of September 30. In all total amount assets under these proceedings as of September 30, stood at Rs 1.07 trillion. The total number of cases stood at 330. there could be many common cases, where more than one lender is involved.

Business Standard compiled these details from responses obtained through Right to information (RTI). While seventeen shared the details under RTI, and refused to share the details citing commercially sensitive nature of the information. The said it did not have bankwise data and forwarded a request for aggregate bank-wise details to NCLT, which did not share any response till date.

Top 5 in number of cases
Bank Cases initiated NPA amount (Rs bn)
Bank of Baroda 55 123
Bank of India 51 149
Uco 30 73
PNB 23 34
Dena 23 34
SBI 18 341
Source: RTI

Bank of Baroda, which had 0.53 million NPA accounts worth Rs 463 billion, reported the highest number of proceedings initiated as of September at 55 cases. The total amount of NPAs under these proceedings stood at Rs 122.94 billion. Bank of India, with Rs 520 billion NPAs, said it had 51 cases before with total outstanding of Rs 148.56 billion. It added that 16 of these cases are part of RBI's second list of cases to be sent for insolvency resolution.

The bank said while three of these have already been initiated, the rest would be done by December 31. Even as the second list is slowly knocking the doors, resolutions for first list are still far from done.

In June, had directed to initiate insolvency proceedings against 12 large accounts that accounted for nearly a quarter of the total bad assets in the banking system. Some of these proceedings which started six months ago, have gone into the 90 day extension. Others might follow suit. All the stakeholders including bankers, borrowers, bidders, regulators and professionals have gone through a steep learning curve as several complexities have come up. For example, there was the issue of large number of homebuyers in the case. There was a legal challenge by and later came the ordinance to block habitual offenders from bidding for the companies.

said in its reply that though it has initiated only one such proceeding, the number of proceedings it is involved is 66 with Rs 146 billion worth NPAs riding on these. Among the smaller public sector lenders, said it had initiated 30 cases with Rs 72.65 billion assets under these proceedings. said it was COC (committee of creditors) member in 28 cases with Rs 52.96 billion assets.

said it had initiated 23 cases with Rs 33.6 billion bad loans as of September. This was almost same as PNB, the second largest public sector lender had initiated 23 cases worth Rs 34 billion. said it had Rs 57.66 billion NPAs under proceedings initiated by others. It had moved in four of its restructured assets which had a 'shadow balance' of Rs 12.58 billion. Allahabad Bank, Indian Bank, Corporation Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, and also reported single digit cases.

Source: RTI

First Published: Sat, January 06 2018. 23:06 IST