/ India's Yes Bank shares sink as Jet Airways exposure hurts

India Today : Apr 30, 2019, 01:17 PM

Yes Bank Ltd shares plunged 30 per cent on Tuesday after Indian private-sector lender surprised markets last week with its first quarterly loss, on the back of a nine-fold jump in provisions for bad loans. Yes Bank is part of group of lenders to debt-ridden Jet Airways, which was forced to ground all flights earlier this month after it ran out of funds. Yes Bank's stock dived as much as 30 percent on very high volume.

The Indian banking sector has been struggling with high levels of non-performing assets, exacerbated by weak performances in the infrastructure and airline sectors.

Yes Bank is part of a group of lenders to debt-ridden Jet Airways, which was forced to ground all flights earlier this month after it ran out of funds.

Gross slippages, or accumulation of fresh bad loans, came in at Rs 34.81 billion ($498.6 million) in the quarter ended March 31, Yes Bank said.

Of that, 5.52 billion rupees were on account of exposure to an airline, the bank said without naming the carrier, while 5.29 billion rupees was on account exposure to struggling infrastructure conglomerate IL&FS.

Analysts at brokerage Investec said the slippage number included exposure to Jet, IL&FS, two real estate companies, small and medium enterprises as well as the retail sector.

"This is significantly higher than the normalised run-rate the bank reports," they said in a note.

The bank reported results on April 26 after markets closed. Markets were closed on Monday on account of elections.

This was the Mumbai-based bank's first quarterly results under new boss Ravneet Gill, after a spat with the central bank forced founder Rana Kapoor out the door in February.

"The new managing director's business strategy is good in the long run, but medium-term woes in terms of asset quality, management uncertainty and subdued return ratios are inevitable," Emkay Research said in a note.

In the earnings statement on Friday, Gill said the bank would focus on digitisation while maintaining the "highest standards on compliance and prudence in risk".

The company posted a loss of 15.07 billion rupees ($216 million) for the quarter ended March 31, while analysts were expecting a profit of 10.70 billion rupees. Provisions and contingencies surged to 36.62 billion rupees from 4 billion rupees a year ago.

Yes Bank's stock dived as much as 30 percent on very high volumes in on Tuesday, it's biggest intraday percentage loss since Sept. 21, 2018.