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Dena Bank seeks Rs. 1,200 crore Capital from Government

Dena Bank has sought a capital infusion of Rs. 1,200 crore from government in the current fiscal year, a top bank official has said.

In the interim budget, the government had earmarked Rs. 11,200 crore for capital infusion in public sector banks during 2014-15. The new government has ruled out allocating more funds for banks this fiscal year.

“We have asked for Rs. 1,200 crore capital from the government but how much we will get we don’t know,” Dena Bank Executive Director R K Takkar said.

The state-run lender’s total capital adequacy ratio stands at 11.14 per cent while its tier-I capital adequacy ratio stands at 7.43 per cent.

Last year, government had infused Rs. 700 crore into the Mumbai-based mid-sized lender as part of the overall Rs. 14,000-crore recapitalisation of state-run banks.

In FY14, the bank deferred its plan to raise nearly Rs. 570 crore through qualified institutional placement (QIP), owing to the weak market condition.

Once the bank gets funds from the government, it may look at raising funds from other options such as a rights issue, qualified institutional placement, Esops or through tier II bonds, Mr Takkar said.

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