The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 5.9% and 3.12% in Q2FY18 against 5.03% and 2.30% in Q1FY18, respectively. In the year-ago quarter, gross NPAs were at 4.17% and net NPA were at 2.02% of the loan book.
Asset quality numbers worsened significantly on the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) assessment of its previous financial year numbers. According to rules, if the RBI’s assessment of bad debt numbers for a financial year differs from the bank’s assessment by more than 15%, the divergence should be disclosed.
However, the bank reported 36% year-on-year growth in its second-quarter net profit, aided by low provisioning. Profit for the quarter stood at Rs 432 crore, against Rs 319 crore in the year-ago quarter. Gross slippages or good assets turning bad, in the quarter rose significantly to Rs 8,936 crore, of which Rs 8,110 crore was in the corporate sector. Total slippages in the June quarter were at Rs 3,519 crore.
“High slippages in the quarter were driven by divergence assessment. Slippages largely from the low rated pool of stressed accounts. The sizeable reduction in stressed pool improves our confidence in the trajectory of the Bank’s credit costs,” Axis Bank said in a statement.