SBI Q3 net profit rises by 4% as core income falls on higher provisioning on bad assets
Total income of the bank rose to Rs 33,992 crore during the third quarter from Rs 29,787 crore in the same period a year ago.
Bad assets as gross NPA level touched 5.30 per cent in the quarter, compared to 4.61 per cent in the same period last fiscal, with fresh slippages of over Rs 8,100 crore.
SBI Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri attributed the rise in bad loans to slowing economic growth, high interest rates, difficulties faced by government in paying contractors and also some sector-specific issues like with iron and steel segment due to mining scams.
Chaudhuri reiterated that the worst is over for his bank on asset quality and added that up to Rs 2,000 crore of the NPA has already turned standard as of December.
"NPAs have peaked. What gives us comfort is that sectors like textiles, construction and roads are picking up."
SBI, which has exposure to many of the troubled firms, including state electricity boards, Kingfisher Airlines, Air India and Suzlon, saw its net NPA rise to 2.59 per cent of assets in the December quarter from 2.22 per cent a year ago.
Country's largest lender also saw a drop in fee income at Rs 2,559 crore in the quarter from Rs 2,642 crore a year ago.