Lower provisioning driven by better
asset quality and higher interest income helped Axis Bank
Friday report a 83 per cent rise in net income at Rs 790 crore
for the September quarter, leading the outgoing leadership to
assert that the bank is well positioned for the future.
The third largest private sector lender had reported a
huge dip in net profit at Rs 432 crore in the year-ago period
on a jump in bad assets.
Shikha Sharma, the outgoing managing director and
chief executive, said bad assets are nearing their peak and it
is their resolution that will be the focus from here on.
Fresh slippages declined 69 per cent to Rs 2,777
crore, improving the gross non-performing assets ratio to 5.96
percent from 5.90 percent, but the provision coverage moved up
4 percentage points to 73 per cent.
Provisions, which had risen in the corresponding three
months period last fiscal year, and wrecking the bottomline,
came in at Rs 2,927 crore in the reporting quarter, as against
Rs 3,140 crore a year ago, thus boosting the bottomline.
Chief financial officer Jairam Sridharan guided
towards a normalization of the credit cost or provisions in
the second half which should eventually help the bank reach
its long-term average of having the credit costs at 1.10 per
cent of total assets.
He said 88 per cent of the corporate slippages came in
from a separately classified book on advances to companies
rated BB and below and added this particular book got reduced
by Rs 1,700 crore to Rs 8,860 crore during the quarter.
When asked if the entire book will slip into dud
assets eventually, he replied in the negative saying assets
are also being upgraded and said recently two of its steel
accounts were upgraded.
Sridharan said the bank has a Rs 825-crore exposure to
the crippled IL&FS Group and the group companies, of which Rs
250 crore is a fund-based account and the remaining is non-
fund based accounts.
But he was quick to add that all these accounts are
classified as "standard" as of now and the bank has made a
provision of 20 per cent on the fund based exposure.
Its overall exposure to the NBFC sector stands at over
Rs 27,000 crore and Axis Bank will be keen to both lend to the
segment and also is interested in portfolio buys, he said.
Sridharan further said over 90 per cent of its
exposure is to better rated NBFCs and the bank is satisfied
with the performance.
The core net interest income grew 15 per cent to Rs
5,232 crore on an 11 per cent growth in its loan book and an
expansion in the net interest margin to 3.36 per cent. The
bank, however, saw a 14 per cent dip in its overseas book.
The share of the low cost current and savings account
deposits stood at an average of 45 per cent for the quarter.
Non-interest income including trading performance grew
4 per cent to Rs 2,678 crore during the quarter. The bank's
capital buffers stood at 16.45 per cent with the core tier-1
at 13.04 per cent.
The Axis Bank counter closed 1.26 per cent up at Rs
609.95 on the BSE as against a 1.68 per cent surge in the
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