PNB to focus on internal consolidation: MD Sunil Mehta

With Rs 14,000 crore Nirav Modi episode getting out of the scene, the bank is focussing on growth and recovery of bad loans, he said

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New Delhi: Ruling out the possibility of amalgamation and inorganic expansion with other public sector banks at the current juncture, Punjab National Bank Managing Director Sunil Mehta said the bank is currently focussed on internal consolidation and making it financially healthy.

With Rs 14,000 crore Nirav Modi episode getting out of the scene, the bank is focussing on growth and recovery of bad loans, he said.

The bank has registered credit growth more than the industry average, and appreciating the pace of recovery, the government has decided to provide Rs 5,431 crore capital support.

“You are fully aware that Financial Services Secretary has said that they are giving this capital (Rs 5,431 crore) for growth. PNB is the second largest public sector bank and we are poised for the growth,” he said.

Asked if the PNB is going to acquire some other public sector banks, Mehta said: “there is nothing on the cards from our side”.

On a question that if some amalgamation proposal comes to the bank, he said, “it would depend upon different circumstances. Right now we are focussed on internal consolidation and we are not aspiring for any inorganic expansion”.

Last month, the government announced the merger of Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank to create the country’s second-largest public sector bank by assets and branches.

Post-merger, the asset size of the new entity would be over Rs 14.5 lakh crore. The combined business of the amalgamated entities will make it the country’s second-largest public sector bank.