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BOB to raise 10,000 Crore rupees to fund affordable housing, infra

On October 11, the Bank of Baroda’s board approved a plan to raise up to Rs 10,000 crore through long-term bonds. These funds will be used to support infrastructure development and affordable housing.

Expedient Fundraising

  • The bank’s statement mentioned that this fundraising could be done in single or multiple tranches during the fiscal year 2023-24 and beyond, depending on the need.

RBI Concerns and HSBC Downgrade

  •  On October 10, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) temporarily prevented the bank from onboarding new customers through its digital banking app, BoB World, due to concerns regarding the onboarding process.
  • In response to this, HSBC downgraded Bank of Baroda’s stock from “buy” to “hold” with a target price of Rs 220.

Strong Business Growth

  • Bank of Baroda reported a 17 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth in total advances, reaching Rs 10.3 lakh crore, with domestic advances up by 16.6 percent YoY.
  • The international book also saw a 21 percent YoY increase (6.4 percent quarter-on-quarter).

Retail Loans Driving Growth

  • Retail loans were a key driver of the bank’s overall loan growth. Domestic retail loans grew by 22.5 percent YoY and 5.4 percent quarter-on-quarter, as per the Q2 provisional business update.

Robust Deposit Growth

  • Total deposits increased by 14.6 percent YoY, reaching Rs 12.5 lakh crore, with domestic deposits up by 12 percent YoY.
  • International deposits showed significant growth, jumping 32 percent YoY.

CASA Deposits

Domestic Current Account Savings Account (CASA) deposits grew by 4.4 percent YoY.

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