1. 16 of 22 PSU banks skip dividend in FY16 on mounting NPAs

16 of 22 PSU banks skip dividend in FY16 on mounting NPAs

Saddled with mounting bad loans, as many as 16 public sector banks, including PNB, BoB and Canara Bank, skipped paying dividend in 2015-16, leading to three-fold decline in government receipts to Rs 1,444.6 crore.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 20, 2016 2:52 PM
The government, which is the majority shareholder in all the public sector banks, witnessed 67 per cent decline in dividend receipt from PSU banks at Rs 1,444.6 crore as against Rs 4,336.22 crore in the previous fiscal. (PTI) The government, which is the majority shareholder in all the public sector banks, witnessed 67 per cent decline in dividend receipt from PSU banks at Rs 1,444.6 crore as against Rs 4,336.22 crore in the previous fiscal. (PTI)

Saddled with mounting bad loans, as many as 16 public sector banks, including PNB, BoB and Canara Bank, skipped paying dividend in 2015-16, leading to three-fold decline in government receipts to Rs 1,444.6 crore. Only six state-owned banks including SBI declared dividend, though at a lower rate, for the fiscal ended March 2016.

Under the existing guidelines, profit making banks have to pay a minimum dividend of 20 per cent of their equity or 20 per cent of their post tax profit, whichever is higher.

The government, which is the majority shareholder in all the public sector banks, witnessed 67 per cent decline in dividend receipt from PSU banks at Rs 1,444.6 crore as against Rs 4,336.22 crore in the previous fiscal.

According to Finance Ministry data, the highest dividend was paid by SBI to government at Rs 1,214.6 crore during 2015-16, 22 per cent lower than the previous fiscal.

As regards Union Bank of India, the dividend payout was one-third of the previous fiscal at Rs 85 crore. For Oriental Bank of Commerce, it was one-fifth compared to the previous financial year at Rs 12.4 crore despite increase in government holding due to capital infusion.

Those which skipped dividend payments included Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Punjab National Bank, Dena Bank and Syndicate Bank.

Balance sheet of most of the banks were under stress due to clean-up exercise. Due to heavy provisioning for bad loans, many banks posted losses during the last quarter of the previous fiscal.

Gross NPAs of the PSBs had surged from 5.43 per cent (Rs 2.67 lakh crore) in 2014-15 to 9.32 per cent (Rs 4.76 lakh crore) in 2015-16 of the total advances.

Banks have been given time till March 2017 to clean up their balance sheet.

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    Krishna Karmakar
    Nov 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm
    What amazes me is that nobody accepts responsibility for the bad loans sanctioned. None raise fingers at the Appointments made by the RBI Governor and the Appointments Committee as they selected the CMDs and EDs of PSBs which increased the NPAs of banks. If Private sector Banks can work profitably and recover loans why are bPSBs unable to do so. Why are the series of corrupt ex-FMs not held responsible for this banking fiasco? Somehow it reeks of a mive cover-up operation and the wheeler-dealer nexus of dalals and babus and bankers continues to thrive. have bankers forgotten the basics of Banking?
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    Ginlunmang Tungnung
    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:24 pm
    Have we heard of the sacking of a single Chairperson or Director of any bank board??!
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    Reeju
    Nov 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm
    We should blame previous governments for this condition of national banks... In 2 years what miracle you want to see...
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    rohan
    Nov 20, 2016 at 3:05 pm
    sure signs of failed "Ache Din" and hence this drama of Demonetization !
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