January 4, 2018 / 5:23 AM / 2 months ago

RBI puts Allahabad Bank under prompt corrective action

(Reuters) - India’s Allahabad Bank said the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has initiated ‘prompt corrective action’ (PCA) against the state-run lender over its high bad loans.

FILE PHOTO: A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is seen at the entrance gate of its headquarters in Mumbai, June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/File Photo

High net non-performing assets (NPA) and a negative Return On Assets (ROA) for two years in a row has prompted the action, the bank said in a statement late on Wednesday, although it added the action would help improve its risk management, asset quality and profits. bit.ly/2EQqIot

The central bank has so far ordered corrective action for about 10 lenders, mostly due to their high bad loan ratios.

Depending on the risk thresholds set in the Reserve Bank of India corrective action rules, lenders can be asked by the regulator to restrict branch expansion and make higher provisions on sour loans, among other curbs.

Allahabad Bank shares fell as much as 2.6 percent in Thursday morning trade in a Mumbai market that was trading 0.1 percent higher.

Reporting by Samantha Kareen Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair

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