Punjab National Bank loses Rs 8,000 crore m-cap in two days; six-times its annual profit

Stung by a massive Rs 11,400 crore fraud, state-run Punjab National Bank has lost over Rs 8,000 crore of market valuation in two days.

Published: 15th February 2018 05:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th February 2018 05:49 PM   |  A+A-

Punjab National Bank | Reuters File Photo

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Stung by a massive Rs 11,400 crore fraud, state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) has lost over Rs 8,000 crore of market valuation in two days -- an amount equivalent to over six-times its full-year profit.

PNB today extended its fall for the second straight session and ended the day 12 per cent lower at Rs 128.35 on BSE.

The stock had fallen 10 per cent yesterday, after the lender said it had detected a Rs 11,400 crore (USD 1.77 billion) fraud at a Mumbai branch.

Following the slump in the counter over the last two days, the market capitalisation of the company has plunged a whopping Rs 8,076.59 crore to Rs 31,132.41 crore. This is more than 6-times of the company's full-year net profit of Rs 1,324 crore recorded in FY 2016-17.

The quantum of fraud itself is more than 8-times the bank's annual profit. The state-owned bank said it had detected a USD 1.77 billion fraud in which billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi allegedly acquired fraudulent letters of undertaking (LoUs) from one of its branches for overseas credit from other Indian lenders.

PNB has suspended 10 officers over the scam and referred the matter to CBI for investigation.  Meanwhile, shares of PNB Housing Finance settled for the day at Rs 1199.00, down 4.30 per cent on the BSE.

While PNB did not name other lenders, Union Bank of India, Allahabad Bank and Axis Bank are said to have offered credit based on LoUs issued by PNB.

An LoU is a letter of comfort issued by one bank to branches of other banks, based on which foreign branches offer credit to buyers.

Consequently, shares of Union Bank of India settled down 0.95 per cent, Allahabad Bank ended the day down 2.31 per cent and Axis Bank was quoted down 0.17 per cent.

This could be the biggest banking fraud in India as its quantum was bigger than an estimated Rs 9,000 crore scam at erstwhile Satyam Computers.

 

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