PNB recovers Rs 7,700-cr bad loans in 1st quarter

New Delhi: Scam-hit PNB’s recovery of over Rs 7,700 crore in bad loans during the first quarter in the current fiscal has surpassed the total amount it recovered in the entire 2017-18 financial year, indicating that it has embarked on the turnaround path, the bank’s top official has said.

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) resolution process has greatly helped Punjab National Bank, which was hit by nearly USD 2 billion fraud allegedly carried out by jeweller Nirav Modi and his associates, he said.

“In the first quarter itself, 2-3 big accounts have been resolved. As a result, the bank has got over Rs 3,000 crore only through the resolution process,” PNB MD Sunil Mehta told PTI.

Going forward, Mehta said, the resolution of other accounts including Essar Steel and Bhushan Power and Steel (BPSL) are expected to give good value.

Big accounts

  • During the quarter (April-June, 2018-19), two big accounts, Bhushan Steel and Electrosteel were resolved through the IBC process.
  • Last financial year, the bank had made recovery of about Rs 5,400 crore.
  • Of the 9 accounts, he said, 5 stressed assets with exposure of Rs 9,000 crore are from the steel sector alone.