Yes Bank won’t dilute equity soon


Mumbai: Yes Bank will not be raising capital via equity soon and the recent board approval is only part of an enabling provision to reduce its time-to-market in future, the bank’s MD & CEO Prashant Kumar, said. He added that the bank’s deposits will cover its loan book by end-March despite growth in advances.
“We expect the credit-deposit ratio to be 100% by the end of March from 116% at the end of December,” Kumar said. He said that the bank’s strategy is to use its digital capability to grow retail deposits and loans. According to its December quarter results, the bank’s capital adequacy ratio is 19.6%, while common equity tier I capital is 13.1%, “We are well-capitalised but we decided to go through the process, which will also require a shareholder approval, so that we are in readiness,” said Kumar.
The private bank, which was revived by an RBI-initiated resolution process, had seen a third of its deposits being withdrawn by wary customers before the central bank placed a moratorium on withdrawals. Since then, deposits have bounced back growing 36% in the first nine months of the fiscal. The bank on Friday reported a profit of Rs 151 crore in the third quarter as against a loss of Rs 18,560 crore in the year-ago period.
The bank also said that it has received more information on accounts linked to whistleblower allegations. “All the loans are fully provided for and there will not be any financial implication even if any more loans are declared as fraud,” said Kumar. He said that Cox & Kings, which has been in the news for action by authorities, has already been declared a fraud.
The bank had earlier sought approval from the RBI for a ‘bad bank’ that will take over troubled loans and is awaiting a response from the regulator. While the bank has a Rs 1,000-crore exposure to DHFL, it does not expect any major recovery this year. “I do not expect the resolution will be implemented before March 31. Besides, we are unsecured lenders and don’t know how much we will get,” he said.
“Our focus is on retail and MSME. We have disbursed almost Rs 12,000 crore in the third quarter and this path would continue,” said Kumar. He said the bank was rationalising expenditure with operating expenses reduced by 13% and more branch mergers in the offing. The bank has already converted some of its rural branches into business correspondent centres. To augment fee-income, the bank has tied up with HDFC Life and SBI Life for distribution on the life insurance side and ICICI Lombard and SBI General on the non-life insurance side.


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