Government takes Rs 30,000 crore hit in state-run banks in 7 days: PNB, Rotomac scam

In the wake of the purported PNB and Rotomac frauds, the government has seen the value of its investments in public-sector banks drop by about Rs 30,000 crore ($4.6 billion) in the last seven days.

And since the briefing of the PNB bank fraud on February 13, between the government, insurance and MF industry, the value of their holdings in the banking sector fell by Rs 44,000 crore ($6.8 billion), according to Prime Database.

The value of government’s holdings in PSU banks has fallen 10 % to Rs 2.6 lakh crore from 2.9 lakh crore.

The insurance industry, which has 5-15 % stake in more than 40 banks, saw the value of its holdings tanking 6 % to Rs 1.14 lakh crore, while MFs saw the value of their banking portfolio shrink nearly 4 % to Rs 1.75 lakh crore. Insurance giant LIC saw its investments in the banking sector fall 7 % to Rs 80,590 crore from Rs 86,583 crore.

In PNB alone, where the government has a stake of more than 57 %, the value of its holdings fell 28 % (or Rs 6,247 crore) to Rs 16,117 crore in the last seven days.

As did the value of LIC’s stake in the annoyed public-sector bank — to Rs 3,938 crore from 5,464 crore.

In the Nirav Modi/Gitanjali Gems scam, after PNB declared that it has an exposure of over Rs 11,300 crore through LoUs, shares of other banks who had bought its LoUs in the primary and secondary market started getting hammered. Stocks of SBI, UCO Bank, Bank of Baroda, Union Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, IDBI Bank, Axis Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and others have been in a free fall.

The market rout has continued with the unearthing of the Rotomac scandal, which saw shares of banks with a loan exposure to the group being hit — such as Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra and Oriental Bank of Commerce.

With the domino effect of the two scandals, the value of government’s holding in SBI, where it has a nearly 57 % stake, has fallen 7 % to Rs 1.31 lakh crore.

Between February 13-19, the government’s value of holding in UCO Bank fell nearly 9 % to Rs 4,057 crore, Bank of Baroda dropped almost 15 % to Rs 19,455 crore, while Bank of India plunged close to 14 % to Rs 11,123 crore.

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