New Delhi: Country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday said that raising Rs 5,000 crore through the rights issue, in the first phase by March, would be sufficient to help it achieve 8 percent capital adequacy.
    
"Although the government has not officially said anything on the rights issue proposal yet, capital infusion of Rs 5,000 crore would take our Tier I (equity) capital over 8 percent by the end of the current fiscal," SBI Managing Director and Chief Finance Officer Diwakar Gupta said.
    
"The rights issue could be 60:40 ratio," he said, adding that the government could give Rs 3,000 crore and remaining Rs 2,000 crore could come from retail investors. With 59 percent equity, the government is the largest shareholder in SBI.
    
Gupta said the first tranche of Rs 5,000 crore for capital raising exercise could be adequate for meeting norms, although SBI requires Rs 20,000 crore in 2-3 years.
    
SBI had given a proposal for Rs 20,000 crore rights issue a few months ago and it is being examined by the government     

With the deterioration in its asset quality, and Tier I capital coming down below 8 percent, global ratings agency Moody's downgraded the creditworthiness of SBI by a notch to 'D+' last week.
    
Tier I capital of the bank declined to 7.6 percent at the end of first quarter, against the minimum 8 percent level desired by the government. Over all Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) (both Tier I and Tier II) of SBI stood at 11.6 percent as of June, 2011.
    
At the same time, SBI's NPAs reached three-year high of 3.52 percent of loans for the quarter ended June 30.     

It is government's stated intent that it is committed to providing adequate capital to all public sector banks so as to maintain their Tier-I capital at 8 percent, and it's stake at over 58 percent.
    
SBI had raised over Rs 16,000 crore through a rights issue in 2008. The government's contribution was in the form of bonds to the bank instead of cash.
    
The bank has submitted a response to the government on the rating downgrade, and already started implementing measures to improve the bank's efficiency.
    
On stressed assets, SBI Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri had said the bank is taking appropriate steps to bring down its net NPA, which was 1.63 percent at the end of March.
    
"We propose to take various measures including we have put a Deputy Managing Director in-charge of the stressed asset management and we are giving very focused attention," he had said.
    
The bank intends to bring down its net NPA to 1.5 percent by the end of the current fiscal.

(Agencies)