Mumbai: Dena Bank on Friday reported a net loss of 326.38 crore for the March quarter due to higher provisions for bad loans. The loss was restricted due to a tax write-back of 340.86 crore in the quarter.

This was the second consecutive quarter that the bank has reported a net loss. In the third quarter, the bank had reported a loss of 662.85 crore. The lender reported a profit of 55.82 crore in the March 2015 quarter.

Bad loans continued to rise as banks reclassified stressed assets.

Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) surged to 8,560.49 crore at the end of the March quarter from 4,393.04 crore a year ago. The bank reported gross NPAs of 7,916.47 crore in the December-ended quarter.

Provisions and contingencies jumped to 900.94 crore in the quarter from 478.02 crore a year ago. For the December quarter, the bank set aside 966.97 crore as provisions against bad loans.

In December, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) conducted an asset quality review across the banking sector, following which banks were asked to recognize visible stressed assets as non-performing assets (NPAs).

RBI also asked banks to make adequate provisions for these stressed assets.

As a percentage of total loans, gross NPAs stood at 9.98% at the end of the March quarter as compared with 9.85% in the previous quarter and 5.45% in the year-ago quarter.

Net NPAs were at 6.35% as compared with 6.68% in the previous quarter and 3.82% in the same quarter last year.

Net interest income (NII), or the core income a bank earns by giving loans, rose marginally by 2.7% to 625.17 crore from 608.72 crore a year ago. Non-interest income rose by 7.21% to 215.87 crore from 201.35 crore in the same period last year.

On Friday, Dena Bank closed at 30.70 on the BSE, up 4.78% from the previous close, while the benchmark index Sensex Index fell 1.17% to close at 25,489.57 points. The earnings were released after markets closed.

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