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Haircut inevitable for banks to resolve NPAs: RBI ex-Governor

One-time adjustment has been done even in the past but in this case the quantum of debt gone bad is huge and it will take at least a year to resolve the festering issue.

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New Delhi, July 11: Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor C. Rangarajan on Tuesday said that to complete the clean-up process of non-performing assets (NPAs) it has become inevitable for banks to take some haircut.

“The clean-up has to be done and perhaps some haircut is inevitable. The whole question is whether the banks are ready for haircut and how is it managed. The best solution is that with the haircut the debt should be getting resolved,” Rangarajan told reporters here on the sidelines of the 36th Foundation Day of National Bank For Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard).

He said that one-time adjustment has been done even in the past but in this case the quantum of debt gone bad is huge and it will take at least a year to resolve the festering issue.

“Some adjustment is needed. We have always done one-time adjustment in the past. But now, the quantum of loans is big, but the step is required. Without finding a solution to the NPAs we will not be able to move forward to stimulate the economy,” he said.

“It will take at least a year to resolve the NPAs,” he added.

On bank consolidation, the former RBI Governor said that mergers were a part of evolution of the sector but should not be imposed against the banks’ will.

“The point really is that the financial system has to move forward. Mergers and acquisition are common feature in the business. Mergers are a part of the evolution of the business sector. So, if some banks want to come together and become a bigger one, it should be allowed. The initiative should come from the banks and not be imposed,” he said.

“What is needed is for the banks to feel the need and come together and only in those circumstances the mergers will really work. I would really think that …a need for it should be felt,” he added.

“The world over, larger banks are coming into operation. The system will have some large banks, some small and also local banks. “What is needed is variety, but this movement (merger) will happen,” Rangarajan said.

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Jio signs $1 bn loan to finance goods procured from Samsung, Ace Technologies

The facility was arranged by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, the statement said.

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Mumbai, June 25 (IANS) Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) has signed a $1 billion equivalent term loan facility covered by Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-SURE) on June 22, 2018, a company statement said here on Monday.

It will be used to finance goods and services procured primarily from Samsung Electronics and Ace Technologies Corp. It has “door to door tenor of 10.75 years”, the statement said.

“The facility is K-SURE’s largest deal in India as well as the largest deal supported by K-SURE in the telecom sector globally,” it said, adding that: “This transaction marks the fourth K-SURE covered facility for Reliance group in last 5 years and the second K-SURE covered facility for RJIL in the last 3 years.”

The facility was arranged by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, the statement said.

In addition, it saw participation from BNP Paribas; Commerzbank AG; Citibank N.A.; ING Bank; JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; Mizuho Bank, Ltd.; MUFG Bank, Ltd. and Banco Santander, S.A.

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Global cues depress equity indices, Sensex ends 200 points lower

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Mumbai, June 25: Weak global cues pulled the key Indian equity indices lower on Monday, with the benchmark BSE Sensex falling over 200 points.

According to analysts, heavy selling pressure was witnessed in the auto, banking and capital goods stocks.

Globally, stock markets slumped due to the escalating trade war concerns.

In the domestic market, the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) provisionally closed at 10,762.45 points (3.30 p.m.), down 59.40 points or 0.55 per cent from the previous close of 10,821.85 points.

Similarly, the barometer 30-scrip Sensex of the BSE, which had opened at 35,783.75 points, closed at 35,470.35 points (3.30 p.m.) — down 219.25 points or 0.61 per cent from its previous session’s close of 35,689.60 points.

The Sensex touched an intra-day high of 35,806.97 points and a low of 35,430.11. The BSE market breadth was bearish with 1,733 declines and 855 advances so far.

The top gainers on the Sensex were Infoys, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Vedanta, IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank whereas Tata Motors (DVR), Tata Motors, ICICI Bank, Coal India and Larsen and Toubro were the major losers.

On the NSE, Vedanta, Sun Pharma and Ultratech Cement were the highest gainers while Tata Motors, BPCL and Hindustan Petroleum lost the most.

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Oil drops after OPEC+ output deal, but markets to stay tight

Prices initially jumped after an OPEC deal to increase output was announced late last week, as it was not seen boosting supply by as much as some had expected.

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Despite the increase, which is intended to stop the gap between global supply and demand from becoming too wide, analysts said global oil markets would likely remain relatively tight this year.

Brent crude futures were down 78 cents at $74.78 a barrel at 0917 GMT, while U.S. light crude was up 25 cents at $68.83 a barrel, supported in part by a Canadian supply outage.

Prices initially jumped after an OPEC deal to increase output was announced late last week, as it was not seen boosting supply by as much as some had expected.

OPEC and non-OPEC partners including Russia have since 2017 cut output by 1.8 million bpd to tighten the market and prop up prices.

“As yet there is no plan as to how the limits will be reallocated. One simple approach would be to reduce the limits of those not producing enough by 600,000 bpd and increase the limits of members with spare capacity by 600,000 bpd – this would enable 100 percent compliance,” said Callum MacPherson, Investec head of commodities.

“However, it seems unlikely members like Venezuela would give up unused limits in this way. Instead those unused limits might be left in place, so 100 percent compliance would in theory mean an additional 1.2 million bpd hitting the market, even though this would not be achievable in practice.”

Largely because of unplanned disruptions in places like Venezuela and Angola, the group’s output has been below the targeted cuts, which it now says will be reversed by supply increases, especially from OPEC leader Saudi Arabia. Analysts warn however there is little spare capacity for large-scale output increases.

After officially meeting on Friday, OPEC gave a press conference on Saturday that implied a bigger increase in supply.

“Saturday’s OPEC+ press conference provided more clarity on the decision to increase production, with guidance for a full 1 million bpd ramp-up in 2H18,” Goldman Sachs said in a note on Sunday.

“This is a larger increase than presented Friday although the goal remains to stabilize inventories, not generate a surplus,” the U.S. bank added.

Edward Bell, commodity analyst at Dubai’s Emirates NBD bank, said when the Vienna agreement was priced into the market, he expected prices “in a range between $65-$70 per barrel for Brent for the remainder of the year”.

Goldman Sachs also warned that an “outage at Syncrude Canada’s oil sands facility could leave North America short of 360,000 bpd of supply for all of July”.

It added that this “will exacerbate the current global deficit, making the increase in OPEC production all the more required”.

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