1. Hit by bad loans, Syndicate Bank posts Rs 2,158 cr loss in Q4

Hit by bad loans, Syndicate Bank posts Rs 2,158 cr loss in Q4

State-owned Syndicate Bank today reported a net loss of Rs 2,158.17 for the quarter ending March 2016 due to more than three-fold rise in provisions for bad loans and contingencies.

By: | Updated: May 18, 2016 7:35 AM
SYNDICATE bank q1 Syndicate Bank raised provisioning towards bad loans and contingencies to Rs 2,411.83 crore in the last quarter of 2015-16 as against Rs 715.30 crore in the year ago period, it said in a regulatory filing. (PTI)

State-owned Syndicate Bank today reported a net loss of Rs 2,158.17 for the quarter ending March 2016 due to more than three-fold rise in provisions for bad loans and contingencies.

The bank had reported a net profit of Rs 416.92 crore during the same quarter of 2014-15. In October-December 2015-16, the bank had posted a loss of Rs 119.67 crore.

Syndicate Bank raised provisioning towards bad loans and contingencies to Rs 2,411.83 crore in the last quarter of 2015-16 as against Rs 715.30 crore in the year ago period, it said in a regulatory filing.

The income of the bank also fell during the quarter to Rs 6,524.65 crore, from Rs 6,599.13 crore a year earlier.

The asset quality deteriorated further as gross non-performing assets rose to 6.7 per cent of gross advances during the quarter, from 3.13 per cent in the year-ago period. In absolute terms, gross NPAs were Rs 13,832.16 crore in the quarter against Rs 6,442.38 crore last year.

Likewise, net NPAs or bad loans as a percentage of net advances stood at 4.48 per cent (Rs 9,014.87 crore) during the last quarter of 2015-16, from 1.9 per cent (Rs 3,843.65 crore) year ago.

The bank reported a net loss of Rs 1,643.49 crore for the full fiscal 2015-16. It had earned a net profit of Rs 1,522.93 crore in 2014-15.

However, total income of the bank increased to Rs 25,706.51 crore in 2015-16, from Rs 23,724.75 crore in 2014-15.

In a separate filing, Syndicate Bank said the Board of Directors at its meeting held today has not recommended payment of dividend for 2015-16.

Several public sector banks including Bank of Baroda, UCO Bank, Central Bank of India, Allahabad Bank and Dena Bank have reported losses due to bad loans.

Syndicate Bank shares closed up by 4.72 per cent at Rs 66.50 apiece on BSE.

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