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Analytical  commentary published by Hemindra Hazari.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. No doubt the stock market has de-rated banking behemoth, State Bank of India (SBI), since its 4QFY19 results, on account of its corporate stressed exposures. Yet we should not overlook a positive feature: the bank’s concerted effort to reduce its net deferred tax assets (DTA)...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. To address the woeful state of corporate governance in India’s banking sector, especially in the much fancied and widely covered private sector (in which foreign institutional investors are heavily invested), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released a discussion paper on ‘Governance in Commercial Banks...
Axis Bank is back in the spotlight for rewarding senior management for a disastrous performance. It was a year in which profits and profitability collapsed with the souring of corporate loans, the regulator penalised the bank for fudged accounts, the share price stagnated and no dividend was...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Post the downing of the Indian Air Force (IAF) MIG-21 by Pakistan over its territory and the capture and subsequent return of the pilot, the narrative which was strongly in favour of Narendra  Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. The succession fiasco at HDFC Bank reveals how the banking regulator has allowed a promoter with a minority stake to have a stranglehold on the selection of the chief executive officer (CEO) and the chairman of the bank. Strangely, the board of the bank...
Credibility issues have plagued Yes Bank’s asset quality disclosures in the earlier (year ending March 31, 2016) annual report, added to these concerns is a top heavy organisational structure with significant expansions and contractions in the “top management” category in the last 2 years without any explanation...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. The market ignored Axis Bank’s consolidated net loss of Rs 216 mn in 2QFY2020. Though sell-side analysts were not expecting this result, they nevertheless bought the bank’s explanation that this was “one-time” in this “quarter of transition”, as deferred tax assets (DTA), which are intangible...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Romesh Sobti, the CEO of Indusind Bank, was recently crowned ‘banker of the year’ by a fawning business media, despite reporting two consecutive years of fudged accounts (FY2016 and FY2017) and putting nearly 8% of the bank’s capital at risk in an ill-advised, unsecured...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. In the case of all the three prominent private sector banks (HDFC Bank, Indusind Bank and Axis Bank) that have declared 4QFY2020 results, sell-side analysts and the business media have chosen to ignore the role of deferred tax assets (DTA) in inflating 2HFY2020 net profits....
It is extremely unfortunate that the regulatory agencies have till date not penalised any senior individual in the banks or the partners in the audit firms responsible for the huge divergence in NPAs in FY2016. The lack of punishment so far raises concerns of ‘regulatory capture’ by the private sector banks.