IDFC First Bank posts Rs 76.36 cr net profit in Mar qtr

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IDFC First Bank reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 76.36 crore for January-March 2020.Net NPAs improved to 0.94 per cent as against 1.27 per cent.
consolidated net profit of Rs 76.36 crore

New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) IDFC First Bank on Friday reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 76.36 crore for January-March 2020.

The private sector lender had posted a loss of Rs 212 crore during the corresponding January-March quarter a year ago.

Sequentially, there was a net loss of Rs 1,631.59 crore in the third quarter ended December 2019.

The bank said that in view of accounting for IDFC – CFL (Capital First Ltd) merger from appointed date of October 1, 2018, the figures of the year ended March 31, 2020, are not comparable.

The figures for the previous quarter/year have been regrouped wherever necessary in order to make them comparable, IDFC First Bank said in a regulatory filing.

Total income during the fourth quarter of FY20 rose to Rs 4,553 crore as against Rs 3,971 crore during the same period of FY19.

For the full year 2019-20, the bank witnessed widening of net loss at Rs 2,843.39 crore as against Rs 1,907.88 crore in the previous fiscal.

Income during the year rose to Rs 17,962.72 crore from Rs 13,056.17 crore.

On the asset front, the gross non performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans as a percentage of gross loans as on March 31, 2020 increased to 2.60 per cent from 2.43 per cent by year ago same period.

However, net NPAs improved to 0.94 per cent as against 1.27 per cent.

IDFC First Bank said that the board at its meeting had an enabling resolution for borrowing of funds through issue of debt instruments, on private placement basis, up to an amount not exceeding Rs 5,000 crore.

The board of directors has not proposed any dividend for FY 2019-20, the bank said.

Citing an RBI circular on dividend, it said banks have been advised that in an environment of heightened uncertainty caused by COVID-19, it is important that banks conserve capital to retain their capacity to support the economy and absorb losses.

This restriction shall be reassessed by the Reserve Bank based on the financial results of bank, it added.

The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the bank’s results will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain, including, among other things, any new information concerning the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and any action to contain its spread or mitigate its impact whether government-mandated or elected by the bank.

“The bank’s capital and liquidity position is strong and would continue to be the focus area for the bank during this period,” it said.

The bank said as per RBI March guidelines on regulatory package, it has granted a moratorium of three months on the payment of all installments and / or interest, as applicable, falling due between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020 to all eligible borrowers.

The bank has created additional provisions amounting to Rs 225 crore during Q4 FY2020 against the potential impact of COVID-19 on standard assets based on all the available information at this point in time.

Provisions for bad loans and contingencies for the quarter under review were of Rs 412.38 crore, lower than Rs 655.31 crore parked aside a year ago.

V Vaidyanathan, managing director and CEO, IDFC First Bank, said, We are happy to inform that deposits for our Bank are coming thick and strong.

In Q4 FY20, “we saw strong inflows into our bank as retail deposits increased by Rs 4,658 crore, despite the turmoil in the markets. Once the lockdown lifts, things will only get better for both lending as well as deposits as the economic activity will pick up. We are already seeing this that where locations are opening up from lockdown, demand is strong”, he said.

Further, by raising Rs 2,000 crore of fresh equity capital and reaching strong capital adequacy of 15.5 per cent, the bank is in a strong position to grow from here on, he said.

Shares of IDFC First Bank closed 0.26 per cent down at Rs 18.85 apiece on the BSE.

Source: PTI

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