Global ratings agency Moody’s today said the government’s recapitalisation plan for 21 state-run banks will help them in meeting regulatory capital needs, but will be insufficient to support credit growth. In October 2017, the government had announced a bank recapitalisation plan of Rs 2.11 lakh crore over two fiscals, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

In the this fiscal, the government has budgeted a capital infusion of Rs 65,000 crore. “The recapitalisation plan will still broadly resolve the regulatory capital needs of the country’s 21 public sector banks (PSBs) and help augment the banks’ loan-loss buffers, but will be insufficient to support credit growth,” the agency’s vice president and senior credit officer, Alka Anbarasu, told reporters here today.

After the budgeted capital infusion of Rs 65,000 crore, all PSBs will have common equity tier 1 (CET1) ratios exceeding the 8 per cent minimum, by March 2019. However, this development assumes overall credit growth for the PSBs of a modest 6-8 per cent in this fiscal, she said.

The PSBs’ capital shortfalls are larger than the scale that the government had expected when it had announced the recapitalisation in October 2017. It is mainly because the banks have failed to raise additional capital from the market and it may be difficult for them to raise more capital given the substantial decline in their share prices, she said.

The share prices of the PSBs have declined by 19 per cent since beginning of the year. The recapitalisation plan of October 2017 has anticipated that the banks would raise close to Rs 58,000 crore from the equity market. Read more from…

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