Moody’s Upgrades Punjab National Bank’s Outlook To Positive
A Punjab National Bank (PNB) branch in Mumbai. (Source: PTI)

Moody’s Upgrades Punjab National Bank’s Outlook To Positive

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Global rating agency Moody's on Wednesday upgraded the outlook on Punjab National Bank, which will merge with Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India with itself, to positive from stable.

It also affirmed the local and foreign currency deposit ratings of Canara Bank, OBC, Syndicate Bank and Union Bank at Baa3/P-3.

In a release, Moody's Investors Service also said it has affirmed the local and foreign currency deposit ratings of PNB at Ba1/NP, and affirmed the bank's baseline credit assessments.

"The outlooks on Canara Bank, OBC, Syndicate Bank and Union Bank are maintained at stable. "Moody's has changed the outlook on PNB to positive from stable," it said.

The affirmation of PNB's ratings with a positive outlook reflects Moody's view that the bank's baseline credit assessment will likely improve after the capital infusion from the government, and that its financial metrics will gradually improve, it said.

After the merger, PNB will become the second-largest public sector bank in India with a deposit market share of 8 percent, compared to its standalone market share of 5.2 percent as of March 2019.

Moody's, however, added that it could lower PNB's baseline credit assessment and ratings or change the rating outlook to stable if its asset quality, profitability and capital deteriorate on a standalone basis or as a result of the merger.

Moody's could also change PNB's outlook to stable if its post-merger capitalisation does not improve relative to its standalone capital position, the release said. Last month, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that 10 public sector banks would be merged into four.

With mergers and consolidation of public sector banks, the government aims to create few global-sized banks as well as use their synergies to enhance credit flow.

Also read: Bank Mergers: Punjab National Bank Will Take Over Oriental Bank Of Commerce And United Bank 

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