Banking stocks lose Rs 1.43 lakh crore in market value in Q4, SBI leads

Banking and NBFCs stocks lost nearly Rs 1.43 lakh crore in market capitalization during the last quarter of the current fiscal ended March 2013. The estimated 14 per cent loss in the market value of banking and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) is much higher than the overall plunge of less than eight per cent across the stock market between January and March 2013.

An analysis of stock movements of about 50 listed banks and NBFCs during the current quarter shows that their cumulative market cap has plunged by Rs 1,43,682 crore since January 1, 2013 to end the fiscal at Rs 10,44,400 crore.

State-run State Bank of India is the biggest loser, losing over Rs 23,000 crore in the three month period followed by private lenders HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank with losses of over Rs 13,000 crore and Rs 12,000 crore, respectively.

Incidentally, this three-month period saw many significant developments regarding the banking and NBFC sectors. While RBI came out with its final guidelines for granting new banking licenses, a sting operation claimed major lapses regarding the money laundering controls at three leading private banks.

Besides, financial difficulties came to the fore at some of the NBFCs, including those in the business of gold loans.

All the public sector banks and NBFCs together lost more than Rs 85,000 crore of market value, followed by a loss of over Rs 33,000 crore by the private banks and Rs 25,000 crore for the private sector NBFCs, during the last quarter.

Among the PSU banks, the other major losers included Bank of Baroda, PNB, Canara Bank and IDBI Bank.

The biggest losers among the private sector NBFCs are IDFC and Reliance Capital with losses of over Rs 4,000 crore each, while L&T Finance, Bajaj Finserv, M&M Financial Services, Shriram Transport, IFCI, HDFC, Muthoot Finance and Mannapuram Finance are among the other major losers.

Among the private banks, Kotak Mahindra Bank is among the few to have actually witnessed a marginal increase in market values during this period. Others having lost value included Axis Bank, Yes Bank and Karnataka Bank.

In the public sector, those having seen significant erosion in their market values included UCO Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Indian Overseas Bank, Allahabad Bank, LIC Housing Finance, Union Bank of India, Rural Electrification Corp and Power Finance Corporation.

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