PNB Q4 net profit down 42% at Rs 755.41 cr

The Punjab National Bank Friday reported a 42.14 percent decline in net profit at Rs 755.41 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2013.

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 31, 2014, 17:07 PM IST

New Delhi: Punjab National Bank on Friday posted 42.1 percent dip in net profit to Rs 755 crore for its third quarter ended December due to higher provisioning for bad loans.

The country's second largest public sector bank by assets had reported net profit of Rs 1,306 crore for the October- December quarter of 2012-13 financial year.

Total provisions, including for income tax, made during Q3, 2013-14 were Rs 1,947 crore as against Rs 1,376 crore in the year-ago period, an increase of 41.4 percent, PNB Chairman and Managing Director K R Kamath said.

Provisions just on account of bad loans have more than doubled to Rs 1,083 crore in the quarter against Rs 466 crore in the same period of previous fiscal.

"We are moving from consolidation strategy to growth strategy and we are seeing the results," Kamath said.

As far as asset quality of the bank is concerned, gross NPAs as a percentage to total advances rose to 4.96 percent from 4.61 percent in the same quarter an year ago.

Its net NPAs went up to 2.80 percent from 2.56 percent at the end of December 2012.

Total income has increased to Rs 11,922 crore for the quarter ended December, 2013 from Rs 11,499 crore in the same quarter last fiscal.

Meanwhile, the bank has declared interim dividend of Rs 10 per share or 100 percent on the paid up capital for 2013-14.

Kamath said the government has infused Rs 500 crore in the current fiscal, following which its holding in the bank has gone up to 58.87 percent.

When asked about the plan for raising rates in view of recent monetary policy action by RBI, Kamath said, if demand for credit picks up, there is possibility of deposit rates going up and subsequently lending rate.

"If demand for credit improves and if deposit growth is not increasing then we may have to increase interest rates on deposits and then possibly think that which of the sector we may have to pass on this increase to customers," he said.

Earlier this week, the RBI increased the short-term lending (repo) rate to 8 percent from 7.75 percent in its bid to anchor inflationary expectation.

Operating profit of PNB remained flat at Rs 2,702 crore as against Rs 2,682 crore in the same period of the previous fiscal.

However, the net interest income improved by 13.1 percent to Rs 4,221 crore as compared to Rs 3,732 crore in the same quarter a year ago.

Net interest margin stood at 3.57 percent, he said, adding that the bank aims NIM of 3.5 percent for the entire fiscal.

During the first three quarters of 2013-14, PNB has registered 30 percent decline in net profit to Rs 2,536 crore, compared to Rs 3,617 crore in the year-ago period.

The bank's total income for the nine month period in the current fiscal is Rs 35,302 crore, compared to Rs 34,556 crore in the same period of the previous financial year.

Total business of the bank, as on December 31, stood at Rs 7,46,780 crore, as against Rs 6,83,098 crore at end of third quarter of in 2012-13, registering 9.3 percent growth.

PNB scrip closed at Rs 548.60, up 5.94 percent, on the BSE.