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Banks likely to take more loan write-offs due to weak recovery prospects

Resolution delays coupled with rising provision cover on large legacy bad loans (nearing 90 per cent) could mean that loan write-offs will continue to be high, particularly for state-run banks

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Banks are likely to take significantly more loan write-offs against the backdrop of rising provisions and weak recovery prospects. State-run banks account for a dominant share (around 90 per cent) of the impaired loan stock, and have cumulatively written off nearly $30 billion in bad loans over the past three years.

What is also to be borne in mind is that in the case of state-run banks, their average core equity ratio (CET-1) ratio (it was 10 per cent in 1HFY20) is 300 basis points lower than that of private banks. This implies that systemic stress would deal a significant setback to ...

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First Published: Tue, December 17 2019. 22:38 IST
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