Tuesday, February 23, 2016

StanC posts first global loss in 26 years on $1.3bn India hit

Feb 24 2016 : The Times of India (Chennai)
StanC posts first global loss in 26 years on $1.3bn India hit

A $1.3-billion (Rs 9,781 crore) hit taken by Standard Chartered Bank on its loans in India has been a key trigger for the British lender to report its first loss in 26 years in its global operations.The bank, which has its loans predominantly in Asia, reported a pre-tax loss of $1.5 billion (Rs 10,288 crore) for 2015, down from a profit of $4.2 billion (Rs 28,800 crore) last year.StanChart, which is a lender to large corporate groups with exposure to commodities such as Essar, has reported a $981-million (Rs 6,728 crore) loss from its operations in India, down from a profit of $561 million in 2014. The impairment losses on loans in India were the highest at $1.3 billion -more than double of the $611million hit taken by StanChart due to credit losses in the UK.
The bank has also written down the value of its business in Thailand after placing Indonesia operations under re view. It has cut down exposures in the commodities sector and has done away with all executives' bonuses. The bank said it has redu ced its target India exposure by 28% to $30.2 billion from $42 billion. “India and commodities represent a large proportion of the liquidation portfolio,“ the bank said. In a presentation to investors, the bank said India represented a high level of weak credit throughout the banking system despite the high growth in GDP . It added that credit growth was the slowest in two decades and there was no appetite from local lenders to refinance the loans it wanted to offload.
The losses are a part of the efforts of Bill Winters, the new CEO, to clean up the bank. “Our 2015 performance was poor, and in many ways unacceptable,“ said Winters, speaking to newspersons forecasting another difficult year in 2016.
India was the largest cont ributor to Stanchart's profits until 2010. The bank had bet big on India and was the only multinational entity to list here under the Indian Depository Receipts route in 2010.
On corporate and institution clients, the bank said that loan impairment increased significantly to $3.2 billion.

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