YES Bank tumbles 14% despite RBI nod to raise capital

YES Bank tumbles 14% despite RBI nod to raise capital

The bank is reeling under huge exposure to stressed assets.

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NEW DELHI: Shares of private sector lender YES Bank tumbled 14 per cent in Monday’s trade even as the company said it received approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to raise capital.

YES Bank in an exchange filing said, “it has received an acknowledgment from the Reserve Bank of India to go ahead with the proposed increase in its authorized share capital.” The bank will now seek necessary shareholders’ consent.

At around 12.25 pm, YES Bank shares were trading over 14 per cent lower at Rs 41.80 on BSE.

The bank is reeling under huge exposure to stressed assets. It plans to raise Rs 800 crore from the market. In a release last week, it had said the bank has received strong interest from multiple foreign as well as domestic private equity and strategic investors for this capital raise.

Meanwhile, bank’s promoter Rana Kapoor has been reducing his stake in the bank in a gradual manner. Last week, YES Capital, owned by Kapoor, sold 1.8 per cent shareholding in the Bank. In a release, it said the proceeds will be utilized to prepay balance outstanding Non-Convertible Debentures (NCDs) of YCPL subscribed by various schemes of Franklin Templeton Asset Management.

Moody’s in a report earlier this month said Altico Capital’s default was credit negative for the lenders with significant exposure to the real estate sector.

Among the banks, Moody’s said, YES Bank and IndusInd Bank have the largest direct exposure to commercial real estate and will be susceptible to asset quality difficulties if the sector continues to slow.

Source- Economic Times.

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