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50 banks & NBFCs lose Rs 1.43 lakh crore market value in 4th quarter

Witnessing a sharp value erosion in their scrips during the last quarter of the current fiscal, about 50 listed banks and NBFCs of the country have lost nearly Rs 1.43 lakh crore in their market capitalisation in this period. The estimated 14 per cent loss in the market value of banking and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) is much higher than the overall plunge of less than eight per cent across the stock market between January and March 2013.

While two days are still left in the current fiscal, the stock markets would now resume trading in the next financial year on 1 April, as the next two days are trading holdings. An analysis of stock movements of about 50 listed banks and NBFCs during the current quarter shows that their cumulative market cap has plunged by Rs 1,43,682 crore since 1 January 2013 to end the fiscal at Rs 10,44,400 crore.

The biggest loser among these has been state-run banking major SBI with a loss of over Rs 23,000 crore in the current quarter, followed by private lenders HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank with losses of over Rs 13,000 crore and Rs 12,000 crore, respectively. Incidentally, this three-month period saw many significant developments regarding the banking and NBFC sectors. While RBI came out with its final guidelines for grant of new banking licenses, a sting operation also claimed major lapses regarding the money laundering controls at three leading private banks.

Financial woes came to the fore at some NBFCs, including those in the business of gold loans.Also, a number of NBFCs expressed interest in applying for new bank licenses, directly or through their groups.All the public sector banks and NBFCs together lost more than Rs 85,000 crore of market value, followed by a loss of over Rs 33,000 crore by the private banks and Rs 25,000 crore for the private sector NBFCs, during the last quarter.

Among PBs, the other major losers included Bank of Baroda, PNB, Canara Bank and IDBI Bank.The biggest losers among the private sector NBFCs are IDFC and Reliance Capital with losses of over Rs 4,000 crore each, while L&T Finance, Bajaj Finserv, M&M Financial Services, Shriram Transport, IFCI, HDFC, Muthoot Finance and Mannapuram Finance are among the other major losers.

Kotak Mahindra Bank is among the few private banks to have actually witnessed a marginal rise in market values in this period. Others having lost value included Axis Bank, Yes Bank and Karnataka Bank.In the public sector, those having seen a significant erosion in their market values included UCO Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Indian Overseas Bank, Allahabad Bank, LIC Housing Finance, Union Bank of India, Rural Electrification Corp and Power Finance Corporation.
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