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Banks’ improved NPA recovery, declined loan provisioning to continue in 2022: ICRA

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The recent improvement in recovery of the non-performing assets and decline in provisioning of loans in the banking sector are expected to improve further in the coming year, rating agency ICRA said.

Accordingly, the improvement in such parameters has helped realise better profitability for the banks, the rating agency said.

However, subdued credit growth and surplus liquidity continue to be a drag on the profit margins for the sector.

“The banking sector navigated well during 2022, despite the challenges posed by the second wave of Covid-19… Even in the absence of relief measures such as moratorium on loan repayments or standstill on NPA classification, which were allowed during the first wave, banks were able to reduce their NPAs,” said Anil Gupta, Vice-President and Sector Head at ICRA.

For small finance banks, the Covid-19 pandemic significantly impacted the performance during FY21 and H1FY22 in terms of growth, asset quality and profitability.

“The asset quality was impacted adversely as the product segment for SFBs is largely unsecured with a focus on the self-employed segment, which is more vulnerable to income shocks,” said Sachin Sachdeva, Vice-President and Sector Head at ICRA.

Notably, microfinance constitutes the largest product segment for such institutions.

The rating agency expects the SFB sector to witness improvement in asset under management growth in FY22 as compared with FY21, but the asset quality metrics are expected to remain weak, which would thereby keep credit costs elevated and hence profitability subdued.

For non-banking financial companies, including the housing finance companies, the rating agency is of the view that their asset under management growth in FY22 would be four-to-six per cent lower taking into consideration the impact of the second wave of the pandemic and all other regulatory changes.

But, this estimate didn’t take into the account the possible impact of the new variant – Omicron.

“The reported asset quality numbers would be impacted in the near term in view of the tightened regulations, which could lead to earnings-related headwinds for some (NBFC) players,” said A.M. Karthik, Vice-President and Sector Head at the rating agency.

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Bank Of Maharashtra Q1 Earnings: Total Business Rises To ₹4,700,000,000,000

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The Bank of Maharashtra’s Q1 earnings were reported on the exchange on July 15.

The bank reported their revenue at Rs 6768.76 crore in Q1 FY25, a 24.9 per cent jump from same quarter previous year, which was reported at Rs 5,417.87 crore. The net profit stood at Rs 1,293.68 in Q1 FY25, which saw a 46.5 per cent jump quarter-on-quarter. The same quarter of the previous year saw a net profit of Rs 882,49 crore.

Between Q1FY24 and Q1FY25, the bank’s total business increased by 13.43 per cent YoY to Rs 4.76 trillion. However, compared to the same quarter previous year, the bank’s total deposits increased by 9.43 per cent YoY to Rs 2.67 trillion.

Gross and net NPA

Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) decreased marginally during the quarter, from 1.88 percent to 1.85 percent, demonstrating the resilience of asset quality (QoQ). At Rs 3,873 crore, gross non-performing assets (NPAs) were as of the last quarter, down from Rs 3,833 crore.

The bank’s meager 0.20 percent net non-performing assets (NPAs) did not alter. Net non-performing assets (NPAs) came in at Rs 415 crore, which is the same as the Rs 409 crore collected in the previous quarter.

Net NPAs for the bank held steady at a pitiful 0.20 percent. Net NPAs were reported at Rs 415 crore, which is the same as the Rs 409 crore figure from the previous quarter.

Net interest margin

The bank recorded net interest income (NII) of Rs 2,799 crore for Q1 FY25, up 20 per cent YoY from Rs 2,340 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Share performance

The Bank of maharashtra’s share was trading around Rs 68.95 per share on Indian bourses, 5.95 per cent jump from the opening of The counter which opened at Rs 65.94 per share today.

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Gold Price Jumps ₹400 To ₹75,050 Per 10 Grams On Jewellers’ Buying

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Gold price on Wednesday jumped by Rs 400 to Rs 75,050 per 10 grams in the national capital on the back of fresh buying from jewellers, according to the All India Sarafa Association.

The precious metal had closed at Rs 74,650 per 10 grams in the previous session.

However, silver prices remained flat at Rs 94,400 per kg.

In sarafa markets, the yellow metal was trading at Rs 75,050 per 10 grams, up by Rs 400 against the previous close, the association said.

Traders said gold prices saw an uptrend due to rise in domestic demand.

In the international markets, spot gold was trading higher at USD 2,380.50 per ounce, up USD 12.60 per ounce.

“Gold prices traded positively. The buying was driven by expectations of weak inflation numbers to be release on Thursday evening in US, which could prompt rate cuts by US Federal Reserve in the September meeting,” Jateen Trivedi, VP Research Analyst, Commodity and Currency at LKP Securities, said.

Additionally, silver prices was also up at USD 31.25 per ounce globally.

“Spot gold closed with a gain of around 0.20 per cent at USD 2,363 per ounce on Tuesday, as the Fed Chair Powell, in his testimony to the US Senate Banking Committee, offered largely a balanced view on the US economy and the Fed’s monetary policy,” Praveen Singh, Associate VP, Fundamental Currencies and Commodities at Sharekhan by BNP Paribas, said.

In his testimony, Fed Chair Powell said that the inflation trend is encouraging; however, the US central bank will need more data to gain confidence in cutting rates.

He (Powell) cautioned that lowering interest rates too little or too late could put the economy and the labour market at risk as inflation is not the only risk the US economy faces now.

“The US Consumer Price Index (June) data will be released on Thursday, which is crucial as traders look for possibility of rate cuts in September,” Singh added.

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Mumbai: Red Fox IT Infra LLP Purchases 22 Office Units For ₹267.5 Crore In Andheri

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Red Fox IT Infra LLP, a subsidiary of Redbrick Offices, purchased 22 office spaces at Andheri (East) for Rs 267.5 Crore. The office units are situated on the sixth, seventh, and eighth floors in the E Wing of Times Square Building.

About The Purchase

According to transaction details accessed by CRE Matrix, a real estate data analytics firm, the company paid stamp duty of Rs 8.02 Crore for the office units that collectively measure to 87,618 sq ft. While the deal for 18 office units was registered on May 3, 2024, the remaining four office units were registered on May 8, 2024.

Red Fox also purchased 88 parking spaces as part of the deal from NTPL Developers LLP and others. Recently, ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company purchased properties worth Rs 315 Crore in Santacruz (East).

ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company Ltd purchased 12 floors along with land, three basements, and a ground floor situated at Kalpataru Infinia from Ixora Properties Pvt Ltd.

According to the documents accessed by FloorTap.com, the marketplace for commercial properties, ICICI Prudential paid stamp duty of Rs 18.90 Crore to seal the deal that was registered on June 27, 2024. The total area of property is 63,733 sq ft and comes along with 114 parking spaces, the documents stated.

The Colliers India Research Report about India Office Market Snapshot in Q2 of 2024 stated that Mumbai recorded a significant 3.5 mn sq ft of leasing during the quarter ending June 2024, double the levels seen in Q2 2023, the city also had the highest incremental quarterly supply in the past 3-4 years.

It also stated that the vacancy levels remained rangebound amidst balanced demand-supply dynamics while a strong H1 performance has set the stage for office space demand to comfortably exceed 50 mn sq ft for the third consecutive year in 2024.

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