NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: State Bank of India (SBI) on Friday registered its highest ever yearly profit in 2019-20 and logged a four-fold rise in March quarter profit at Rs 3,581 crore as one-time gains from stake sale in subsidiaries and decline in bad loans bolstered the country’s largest lender.
The bank reported a standalone profit after tax of Rs 838 crore in January-March, 2018-19, according to a regulatory filing.
For 2019-20, the bank reported its highest ever yearly profit of Rs 14,488 crore as against Rs 862 crore in the previous year.
SBI said exceptional items during 2019-20 included net profit of Rs 3,484.30 crore on sale of certain portion of investment in subsidiary SBI Life Insurance in the second quarter and net profit of Rs 2,731.34 crore on sale of some stake in SBI Cards and Payment Services in March quarter.
“Despite not so easy circumstances even before COVID-19, the bank has declared a record profit of Rs 14,488 crore in FY20, which is the highest ever profit for SBI in its history. We have consistently been able to improve our asset quality as well as the provision coverage ratio quarter after quarter,” bank’s chairman Rajnish Kumar told reporters.
Close to 21 per cent of the bank’s retail borrowers have availed the three-month moratorium announced by the RBI.
Kumar said in spite of the bank extending the moratorium to all its customers, nearly 82 per cent have paid two or more instalments and about 92 per cent have paid one or more instalments during March to May.
The central bank had initially allowed banks to offer moratorium on repayment of term loans till May 31 but later extended it for another three months.
“The three-month period has just started but my feeling is that our numbers (customers availing moratorium) would not be significantly different than what they were in the first three months. It may even improve (in June-August period) as we exit the lockdown,” Kumar said.
He said the bank has extended the standstill benefit, in terms of asset classification, to accounts with an outstanding loan of Rs 6,200 crore. It has made a provision of 15 per cent aggregating Rs 938 crore on these loans.
Domestic net interest margin (NIM) stood at 2.94 per cent in January-March, 2019-20 as compared to 3.02 per cent in the year-ago period.
Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) ratio improved by 138 basis points to 6.15 per cent from 7.53 per cent and net NPA was down by 78 basis points to 2.23 per cent from 3.01 per cent.
Fresh slippages in the quarter rose 7.99 per cent to Rs 8,105 crore from Rs 7,505 crore.
According to the current estimates, Kumar said, “In FY21, even in a bad scenario, I believe that we are not going to have a slippage ratio of more than 2 per cent.”
However, the clear picture will emerge after one quarter, he said.
Recoveries and upgradation during the quarter stood at Rs 2,528 crore. Kumar said recoveries in the June quarter may be affected but will improve from September onwards.
Provision coverage ratio (PCR) stood at 83.62 per cent.
The bank’s credit growth stood at 5.64 per cent year-on-year, driven by retail advances (15.4 per cent) and foreign office advances (18.05 per cent).
The bank is looking at a loan growth of 7-8 per cent in the current fiscal, he said.
Total deposits grew at 11.34 per cent year-on-year.
Capital adequacy ratio (CAR) improved by 34 basis points to 13.06 per cent as of March 2020.
“I don’t intend or need to go to the government or to the market for raising the capital, as of now,” Kumar said.
The bank’s stock settled at Rs 187.80, up 7.90 per cent on the BSE, which closed at 34,287.24 on Friday.