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NEW DELHI : Five state-owned banks, including PNB, Bank of Baroda and Union Bank, Thursday received shareholders' approval for capital infusion to the tune of 21,428 crore in lieu of preferential allotment of shares to the government.

This capital infusion is for the current fiscal ending March 31, 2019.

Punjab National Bank (PNB) in a regulatory filing said that an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders was held on March 28 for obtaining shareholders' approval to issue and allot 80,20,63,535 equity shares at a premium of 71.66 per share amounting up to 5,908 crore on preferential basis to the government.

Bank of Baroda said the finance ministry informed about its decision to infuse capital of 5,042 crore in the bank.

"The capital infusion will be by way of preferential allotment of equity shares (special securities/bonds) of the bank during 2018-19, as government's investment," Bank of Baroda said.

Union Bank said: "The Committee of Directors for Raising of Capital Funds (CDRCF) of the bank at its meeting held on Thursday considered and approved the allotment of 52,15,62,658 equity shares at an issue price of 78.84 aggregating to 4,111.99 to government in accordance with the applicable provisions."

The board of the Chennai-headquartered Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) in an extraordinary general meeting decided to allot preferential shares to government to get capital infusion of 3,806 crore.

"The Board for Issue of Equity Share Capital at its meeting held today has issued and allotted 269,54,67,422 equity shares at an issue price of 14.12 per equity share (including premium of 4.12 per equity share) to government by way of preferential allotment," IOB said.

With this allotment, the government holding has increased from 89.39% to 92.52% in the bank, it added.

"This capital infusion will help the bank to shore up its capital adequacy requirements and enable the bank to build a robust loan book," R. Subramaniakumar, MD and CEO, Indian Overseas Bank told PTI.

He also said that various initiatives have been taken by the bank for turnaround and there was a visible improvement in the bank's performance as seen in the third quarter results.

Subramaniakumar hoped that the bank will be able to return to the black in the next fiscal year beginning April 1, 2019.

Earlier, the bank raised 261 crore to its share capital in January under Employee Stock Purchase Scheme (ESPS) in which as much as 92% of the employees participated which resulted into over-subscription of bank stock.

"With this capital infusion and taking into account the capital raised through ESPS as well as sale of non core assets, CRAR (capital to risky asset ratio) will improve considerably," he said.

Central Bank of India allotted 68,72,48,322 equity shares at 37.25 aggregating upto 2,560 crore.

With this allotment, shareholding of government has increased from 89.40% to 91.20, Central Bank of India said. 

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