Federal Bank recovers Rs 10 crore dues from Kingfisher

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Federal Bank, a part of the consortium that had given loans to Kingfisher Airlines, has recovered Rs. 10 crore till date and is making efforts to get back the remaining dues from the beleaguered carrier.

“So far we have recovered Rs. 10 crore from Kingfisher Airlines. We had an exposure of Rs. 85 crore in the company,” said Federal Bank Managing Director Shyam Srinivasan.

The bank expects more to come from the ongoing recovery process of the consortium, he said.

The consortium of 17 banks, led by State Bank of India (SBI), has an outstanding debt of about Rs. 7,000 crore from the now-grounded carrier.

SBI has the maximum exposure, over Rs. 1,600 crore, in the Vijay Mallya-led airline. It is followed by Punjab National Bank with Rs. 800 crore, IDBI at Rs. 800 crore, Bank of India at Rs. 650 crore and Bank of Baroda Rs. 550 crore.

As part of the recovery process, banks in February last year decided to sell a portion of the collateral with them, including shares of group companies United Spirits Ltd and Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd, Mallya’s Goa villa, Kingfisher House in Mumbai and the Kingfisher brand, which was valued at over Rs. 4,000 crore at the time it was pledged.

Srinivasan said the bank is making all efforts to reduce its non-performing assets, or bad loans.

The bank’s gross NPA came down to 2.83 per cent at the end of the third quarter from 3.85 per cent at the end of December 2012. During this period, its net NPA dropped to 0.86 per cent from 0.92 per cent.

“We expect the current trend of NPA reduction to continue in the current quarter,” he said, adding that the bank has been focusing on quality assets to reduce fresh slippage.