Friday, August 24, 2012

Rs 4,000-cr capital infusion on cards: SBI chief

State Bank of India expects Rs 4,000 crore capital infusion from the Union Government this fiscal. The bank will be discussing the matter with the Government this week, said Pratip Chaudhuri, Chairman, SBI.
The bank had earlier this year received close to Rs 8,000 crore from the Government.
“They (the Government) have called us for a meeting which should happen this week, and possibly another Rs 4,000 crore looks to be on the horizon,” he said.
As on June 30, 2012, the bank’s capital adequacy ratio stood at 13.17 per cent.
Non-performing assets
According to Chaudhuri, NPA (non-performing asset) concerns were slightly overplayed. “We should not see ghosts in NPAs,” he said, and added SBI has already taken several measures to bring down its NPAs.
“We are asking companies having non-core assets to sell them and bring the cash. If the company is short of capital, we are asking them to get some private equity or get equity investors, and if the company is asset free and cash poor, we are positioning more loans,” he said.
Recently, SBI appointed 20 credit appraisal experts from leading public sector companies to deal with the technical aspects of its new projects.

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