The Punjab National Bank building stands in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, (Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg)

Dues Of Punjab National Bank’s Big Wilful Defaulters Rise To Rs 15,490 Crore

The data from the state-owned Punjab National Bank covers the big wilful defaulters who are not paying back their loans despite having the capacity to do so.

These borrowers of PNB had defaulted on loan repayment of Rs 15,199.57 crore as on April 30 this year.

For financial year ended March 2018, the bank's balance sheet had closed with big wilful defaults owing Rs 15,171.91 crore. PNB suffered a standalone net loss of Rs 12,282.82 crore in 2017-18, as against a profit of Rs 1,324.80 crore in 2016-17.

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The major defaulters included:

  • Kudos Chemie - Rs 1,301.82 crore
  • Kingfisher Airlines - Rs 597.44 crore
  • BBF Industries - Rs 100.99 crore
  • ICSA (India) - Rs 134.76 crore
  • Arvind Remedies - Rs 158.16 crore
  • Indu Projects - Rs 102.83 crore

Other borrowers who took loan from PNB through a consortium arrangement of several banks included:

  • Jas Infrastructure and Power - Rs 410.96 crore
  • VMC Systems - Rs 296.8 crore
  • MBS Jewellers - Rs 266.17 crore
  • Tulsi Extrusion - Rs 175.41 crore

The defaulters who took loan solely from PNB were:

  • Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery - Rs 899.70 crore
  • Forever Precious Jewellery & Diamonds - Rs 747.97 crore
  • Zoom Developers - Rs 410.18 crore
  • Nafed - Rs 224.24 crore
  • Mahua Media - Rs 104.86 crore

The Indian banking sector, particularly state-owned lenders, is grappling with mounting non-performing assets as also a host of scams and frauds. NPAs in the banking sector stood at Rs 8.31 lakh crore as of December 2017.

The total bad loan write-off by public sector banks stood at over Rs 1.20 lakh crore in the last fiscal, with SBI bearing the burnt at Rs 40,196 crore, nearly 25 percent of the total writeoffs during 2017-18.

This was followed by Canara Bank (Rs 8,310 crore), Punjab National Bank (Rs 7,407 crore) and Bank of Baroda (Rs 4,948 crore).

Scam-hit PNB which has suffered a fraud of Rs 14,357 crore allegedly carried out by celebrity jewellery designer Nirav Modi and his associates, witnessed a sharp deterioration in its asset quality with gross loans mounting to 18.38 percent of gross advances at the end of March 2018, as against 12.53 percent a year ago.

Net NPAs were also soared to 11.24 percent against 7.81 percent a year ago.

In absolute terms, the gross NPAs of PNB surged to Rs 86,620 crore in the fourth quarter as compared to Rs 55,370 crore in same quarter a year ago. Similarly, the net NPA also rose to Rs 48,684.29 crore from Rs 32,702 crore at the end of March 2017. PTIapproval for development of a transshipment port at Enayam.