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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

UCO Bank expects govt to infuse Rs 200-300 cr capital by March

State-owned Uco Bank expects the government to infuse Rs 200-300 crore by March to help the lender meet 8 per cent Tier-I capital requirement.

"The exact amount is not yet known but we are expecting anywhere between Rs 200 and Rs 300 crore by March to meet the eight per cent tier-I capital," Uco Bank Chairman and Managing Director Arun Kaul said today.

The bank's capital in December slipped to 7.79 per cent. The capital adequacy ratio, or CAR (as per Basel II norms), during the October-December quarter was 12.33 per cent, down from 13.02 per cent in the same period last fiscal, he said.

Uco bank also received capital infusion by the government in 2010-11.

The CRR cut by Reserve Bank of India will release some Rs 600 crore for the bank, he added.

Speaking about the change in interest rates, Kaul said there was no scope unless cost of funds reduces.

"In the December quarter, cost of funds jumped by 180 basis points while recovery was just to the tune of 145 points," he said.

Source: EconomicTimes


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