Fraud-hit PNB posts Rs. 13,420cr loss in Q4 of FY17-18
On Tuesday, the fraud-hit Punjab National Bank (PNB) reported a massive net loss of Rs. 13,419.91cr in Q4 of FY17-18.
Interestingly, PNB had posted a net profit of Rs. 261.90cr in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal.
Following the publication of the results, PNB shares fell by 6%.
Here's how Nirav Modi's alleged fraud affected PNB's operations.
PNB's Q4 results do not look good
It's been a really rough year for PNB
As of Monday, PNB shares had tumbled by 44% since the discovery of the fraud, and PNB stock is the worst performer among all Indian bank stocks this year.
Impact of fraud
PNB's performance took a significant hit owing to the fraud
For Q4, PNB saw its total provisions increase three fold compared to last fiscal to Rs. 20,353cr. Of this amount, Rs. 7,178cr was due to the fraud involving Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and associates.
Additionally, gross bad loans as a ratio of total loans spiked to 18.38% in end-March, compared to 12.11% in Q3 FY17-18, and 12.53% in the fourth quarter of last fiscal.
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PNB's liabilities on account of LoUs and FLCs
In the quarterly results, PNB said that liabilities on account of letters of undertaking (LoUs) and foreign letters of credit (FLCs) amounting to Rs. 6,586.11cr had been paid off.
Additionally, PNB also said that it had created liabilities in its books with respect to LoUs and FLCs due after 31st March, amounting to Rs. 6,959.79cr. PNB will pay these off by their due dates.
CBI named several top PNB officials as co-conspirators
PNB's results come a day after CBI named 22 people in its chargesheet pertaining to the Nirav Modi fraud case.
Some former and current PNB officials, including former MD and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian, were named.
Apart from "misrepresenting" the factual position of the fraudulent LoUs in the case, the CBI alleged that Ananthasubramanian and associates failed to prevent the fraud despite knowing about it.
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