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Indian Bank to raise Rs 1,500-crore capital through
tier I & II bonds
As of December 31, 2020, the total capital adequacy ratio (CAR) stood at 14.06 per cent and tier 1 CAR was
at 11.18 per cent
Public sector lender, Indian Bank is planning to raise up to Rs 1,500 crore capital through additional tier I bonds
(AT1 bonds) of Rs 500 crore and tier-II bonds of Rs 1,000 crore to enhance its capital profile.
As of December 31, 2020, the total capital adequacy ratio (CAR) stood at 14.06 per cent and tier 1 CAR was at
11.18 per cent. The bank's common equity tier I (CET 1) continues to be relatively strong at 10.35 per cent as of
December 31, 2020. Kolkata-based Allahabad Bank merged with Indian Bank on April 1, 2020. The Centre’s stake
in the amalgamated bank was 88.06 percent in December 2020.
CARE Ratings has assigned an “AAA” rating to tier-II bonds and an “AA” rating to AT1 bonds of the bank. Rating
for AT1 bonds factors in aspects like if the bank has full discretion at all times to cancel coupon payments. The
coupon (interest on tier I bonds) is to be paid out of the current year’s profits. The bank has set off the
accumulated losses with a share premium account, thus enh ancing the net distributable reserves for AT1 coupon
payment, CARE said.
Tier II bonds are characterized by a ‘point of non-viability (PONV) trigger due to which the investor may suffer the
loss of principal.
Their asset quality is moderate and increases in proforma gross non-performing assets (GNPAs) are lesser than
expected. Proforma GNPAs of the amalgamated entity stood at 10.38 percent in December 2020 (11.30 per cent in
March 2020). Net NPAs were at 3.49 per cent at the end of December 2020 against 4.19 percent in March 2020.
Total provision coverage stood at 75.77 per cent as of December 31, 2020 (66.02 per cent as of March 31, 2020).
Advances stood at Rs 3.89 trillion at the end of December 2020.
The bank raised additional tier 1 and tier 2 bonds of Rs 2,000 crore each in FY21.
The bank is also expected