Mumbai. The country’s largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI) on Friday said that it has loans of about Rs 27,000 crore to Adani Group companies, which is just 0.88 per cent of the total loans disbursed. Amid the uncertainty arising out of the continuing fall in Adani Group’s shares, SBI Chairman Dinesh Khara said that the bank has not given any loan to the group against shares.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of SBI’s quarterly results announcement, Khara said physical assets and adequate cash flow have been kept in mind while lending to Adani group projects.
SBI has an overall exposure of Rs 27,000 cr in Adani group which is 0.88% of the loan book as on 31st Dec 2022. The loans are against assets & businesses that are cash-generating. So, we don’t see any challenge, no cause of concern for us: SBI Chief Dinesh Khara pic.twitter.com/mcVru9a3ZJ
— ANI (@ANI) February 3, 2023
He said, “The share of this group is 0.88 percent of our total debt. The Bank is not of the view that Adani Group is facing any challenge in meeting its debt obligations.
“We have not given any loan against shares. We do not have any such portfolio. We have not given any guarantee for any financial liability or acquisition. These are all performance-based or financial guarantees. We haven’t done anything that should worry us.”
When asked about the possibility of any change in the mode of transaction with the Adani group in view of the current developments, the SBI chairman said that the bank always insists on adequate equity before releasing the loan amount.
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He said, “Unless equity is visible, money is not released. Not that we are waiting for any equity. In future too, any proposal will be examined on the basis of its merits. Credit committees decide on this.
The SBI chief said the group has not made any request to refinance the loan, amid apprehensions that lenders will be hit by a sharp fall in Adani Group’s shares. Along with this, he said that the record of repaying the outstanding loan of this group has been very good. (agency)