Eleven leading banks, seven from the public sector, faced a combined capital shortfall of Tk 25,385 crore in the second quarter of 2021.
The banks are – Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Sonali Bank, Agrani Bank, ICB Islamic Bank, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank, BASIC Bank, Bangladesh Commerce Bank, Rupali Bank, Janata Bank, Padma Bank, and AB Bank.
Bangladesh Krishi Bank has the highest capital shortfall of Tk 11,843.97 crore. The MD of the bank showcased the reason as the operational cost of small loans is much higher than other types of loans.
State-run Agrani Bank faced a Tk 1,960.23 crore capital shortfall as of June this year. The bank provided 34 government services to the people without any cost as well as many loans of the bank are stacked in the government institutions.
According to BB, the capital shortfall of BASIC Bank stood at Tk 1,927.28 crore; Janata Bank’s at Tk 345.04 crore; Rupali Bank’s at Tk 664.94 crore; Sonali Bank’s at Tk 3,557.86 crore; AB Bank’s at Tk 329.52 crore; Bangladesh Commerce Bank’s at Tk 1,146.21 crore; ICB Islami Bank’s at Tk 1,642.46 crore; Padma Bank’s at Tk 461.49 crore and RAKUB’s at Tk 1,506.40 crore as of June.
The banking sector in Bangladesh has maintained the lowest capital adequacy ratio than other South Asian countries, reported Bangladesh Bank’s Financial Stability Report, 2020. The capital adequacy ratio of the banking sector stood at 11.57 per cent as of June, down from 11.67 per cent three months earlier.
Source: Business Post