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PNB board approves proposal to seek Rs 54-bn capital support from govt

The finance minister Tuesday committed capital support to banks after meeting heads of public sector lenders

Punjab National bank, PNB

Punjab National Bank

Press Trust of India New Delhi
The board of Punjab National Bank (PNB) Thursday approved proposal to seek Rs 54.31 billion capital support from the government.
The capital infusion of Rs 54.31 billion by the Centre would be through preferential allotment of the bank's equity shares at a price determined as per the regulation, PNB said in a filing to stock exchanges.
The extra general meeting (EGM) in this regard will be held on October 30, it said.
The finance minister Tuesday committed capital support to banks after meeting heads of public sector lenders.
"Some of them did mention that the PCA (prompt corrective action) guidelines should be revisited because that is indirectly impacting their lending ability and that government should be more upfront in the capital requirement of some of these banks.
"I have assured them that we will immediately look at this subject because we are as keen as them, as every Indian is, that this opportunity is not missed because we want the cycle of high consumption, high growth, NPA recoveries, credit offtake really to be utilised to the fullest in order to help economy," he had said.
The government infused Rs 28.16 billion as capital infusion via preferential allotment of equity shares this month to meet regulatory ratios.
The government in July decided to infuse Rs 113.36 billion in five state-owned lenders, including PNB, Corporation Bank and Andhra Bank to help them meet regulatory capital requirement.
The infusion was part of remaining Rs 650 billion out of Rs 2.11 trillion capital infusion over two financial years.
The government announced Rs 2.11 trillion capital infusion programme October last year. As per the plan, the public sector banks (PSBs) were to get Rs 1.35 trillion through re-capitalisation bonds, and the balance Rs 580 billion through raising of capital from the market.
Out of the Rs 1.35 trillion, the government has already infused about Rs 710 billion through recap bonds in the banks and balance would be done during this fiscal.
Besides, PSBs are also planning to tap the markets to raise more than Rs 500 billion this fiscal to shore up their capital base for business growth and meeting regulatory global risk norms.

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First Published: Sep 27 2018 | 8:25 PM IST

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