PSU banks bear brunt for reviving Kingfisher Airlines

These banks, including State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of India and IDBI Bank were alloted 8.8 Kingfisher shares on March 31, 2011 at Rs 64.48 a piece as per the SEBI formula.

The market price of the share had declined to Rs 40.95 even before the actual allotment took place.

While the scrip price has since improved to Rs 45.70 (Friday closing), it is much less than the allotment rate, resulting into the erosion of the valuation of the Kingfisher portfolio alloted to banks.

Of the total debt of about Rs 7,600 crore, in all 13 banks including private sector ICICI Bank agreed to convert loans worth Rs 750 crore into equity. Bulk of it related to the PSU banks.

Of this the loans by PSU banks converted in to equity was Rs 568 crore. The value of this portfolio has gone down to Rs 403 crore resulting in erosion of Rs 165 crore, as per the market information.

The debt recast package was agreed to by a consortium of banks led by State Bank of India in November last year after RBI's advice as the aviation industry was facing rough weather hit by global woes.

Kingfisher Airlines had incurred a loss of Rs 1,647.22 crore during 2009-10. Although rival Jet Airways posted a profit of Rs 118.23 crore during the quarter ended December 2010, Kingfisher Airlines suffered a loss of Rs 253.69 crore.

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