RBI directs Lakshmi Vilas Bank to write off tier-2 bonds worth nearly ₹320 crore

A day ahead of its merger with the Indian arm of Singapore-based DBS Bank, the debt-ridden Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) on Thursday has written off bonds worth Rs 318.20 crore as per the existing provisions. As per the effective date of merger notified by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday, LVB will lose its identity on Friday as it amalgamates with DBS Bank India Ltd.

The RBI, vide their letter on Thursday, has advised the need to fully write down the Series VIII, Series IX and Series X Basel-III complaint tier-2 bonds before the amalgamation comes into effect from the appointed date (November 27), LVB said in one of its last communications to stock exchanges.

“If the relevant authorities decide to reconstitute the bank or amalgamate the bank with any other bank under the Section 45 of the Banking Regulation Act, such a bank shall be deemed as non-viable and both the pre-specified trigger and the trigger at the point of the point of non-viability for write-down of bonds shall be activated.

With non-performing assets (NPAs) soaring, the bank was put under the prompt corrective action framework of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in September 2019.
LVB is the second private sector bank after Yes Bank that has run into rough weather this year.
In March, capital-starved Yes Bank was placed under a moratorium. The government rescued Yes Bank by asking State Bank of India (SBI) to infuse Rs 7,250 crore and take 45 per cent stake in the lender.

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