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RBI issues guidelines on banks' illiquid assets

RBI guidelines require banks to make specified valuation adjustments for various risks or costs in their portfolios including derivatives, which are subject to 'mark to market' requirement and also for illiquidity of these positions

 
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued draft guidelines on prudent valuation of banks' long-term assets which are illiquid in nature, reports PTI.
 
"The prudent valuation adjustment for illiquid positions has assumed greater importance in the wake of the recent financial crisis," RBI said in the draft supplementary guidance.
 
"This guidance seeks to provide indicative guidelines to banks to define illiquid positions and subsequent valuation adjustments through Tier I capital," it said.
 
The guidance also contains certain additional valuation adjustment to be made to the derivatives portfolio, it said.
 
These guidelines require banks to make specified valuation adjustments for various risks or costs in their portfolios including derivatives, which are subject to 'mark to market' requirement and also for illiquidity of these positions.
 
The guidelines on which comments are invited till 19th October, permit banks to follow any recognised model or method for computing the amount of valuation adjustment.
 
RBI said that illiquid positions are generally disposed of at much lower price than the value reflected by banks in the books of accounts as per applicable accounting standards.
 
These concerns have become more pronounced after the financial crisis.
 
The recent market events such as large capital inflows or outflows, global financial crisis, large increases in government borrowings, frauds involving many active market participants in particular market segments leading to erosion of confidence in the financial markets, etc. could render the prices quoted a few days back or even the same day unreliable for fair valuation, it said.
 
Banks need to take into account such events while valuing their positions, it said.
 
Liquidation of large concentrated positions may result in adverse movement in the price the moment the off-loading starts, particularly when the market is not deep, it said.
 
Banks need to make a downward adjustment to the fair value of such positions reflected in the books of the banks, to reflect this uncertainty, it added.
 

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Deduct bank guarantee of mine given to Hindalco, Tata Power: IMG

The IMG decided to recommend deduction of bank guarantee in the case of a mine jointly allotted to Aditya Birla Group's flagship company Hindalco and Tata Power due to delays in development of the block

 
New Delhi: Moving ahead with action against erring coal block allottees, the Indian government has decided to deallocate one more mine and deduct bank guarantees of two others even as the ministerial panel recommended forfeiture of bank guarantee of a block allotted to Hindalco and Tata Power, reports PTI.
 
The decision to de-allocate Gourangdih ABC coal block, jointly given to JSW Steel, a company owned by Sajjan Jindal, brother of Congress MP Naveen Jindal and Himachal EMTA was taken on the recommendation of the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG).
 
The panel is scrutinising 29 out of 58 cases that were served show cause notices for non-development of mines during prescribed timeline.
 
"I have approved the IMG's recommendations given on Friday and will take a call on others," Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said.
 
The IMG, on Friday had recommended de-allocation of the Gourangdih ABC mine, given jointly to JSW Steel and Himachal EMTA, in 2009, having an extractable reserve of 61.54 million tonnes (MT).
 
With this the total number of blocks approved for de-allocation has gone up to five out of total seven recommended by the IMG so far. Government has also approved deducting bank guarantee (BG) in case of five mines out of total eight recommended by the IMG so far.
 
Meanwhile, the panel decided to recommend deduction of bank guarantee in the case of a mine jointly allotted to Aditya Birla Group's flagship firm Hindalco and Tata Power due to delays in development of the block.
 
"The IMG today recommended deduction of bank guarantee of Tubed coal block in Jharkhand, allotted to Hindalco and Tata Power in August 2007," an official source told PTI.
 
The panel could take up only Tubed block for scrutiny on Monday and would meet again on Monday to scrutinise another six of seven cases, which failed to adhere to the timeframe for developing the mines given to them, sources said.
 
The Tubed mine, which finds mention in CAG report, has an extractable reserve of 130 million tonnes (MT) and the coal from it was meant to be used for a power project.
 
The five mines approved by government for de-allocation are - Gourangdih ABC-- jointly given to JSW Steel and Himachal EMTA, Bramhadih in Jharkhand allocated to Castron Mining in 1996, Chinora and Warora (southern part) blocks in Maharashtra given to Fieldmining and Ispat in 2003, Lalgarh (North) block in Jharkhand allotted to DOMCO Smokeless Fuels in 2005.
 
As far as deduction of BG is concerned, government has accepted the IMG recommendation in case of Marki Mangli II, III and IV in Maharashtra allotted to Shri Virangana Steel in 2005, Lohari block in Jharkhand given to Usha Martin in 2005 and Nerad Malegaon in Maharashtra which was allotted to Gupta Metaliks & Power in 2006.
 
Besides, the government also gave nod to IMG recommendation for submitting bank guarantee by Monnet Ispat & Energy for Utkal B2 Block in Odisha allocated in 1999.
 
Some of these coal blocks find mention in the CAG report, which had recently estimated that the financial impact of the benefit to the private allottees will be about Rs1.86 lakh crore.
 
Meanwhile, the panel is meeting again on Tuesday to decide the fate of about six more coal mines allocated to private firms that were issued notices for delaying production.
 
The panel has so far scrutinised the replies furnished by 19 coal block allottees out of 29.
 
It earlier heard the coal block allottees, who were invited to make presentations from 6-8 September, and also obtained updated status paper from Coal Controller/Ministry of Coal.
 

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Sugar production in FY13 likely to be at 25 MT: Rabobank

Concerns regarding the prospect of lower cane yields and sugar output in Maharashtra and Karnataka and the approaching peak sugar consumption period have led to retail prices of sugar going up by 15% over the last month says Rabobank, which specialises in agri-business

 
Mumbai: Sugar production for 2012-13 is expected to be at around 25 million tonnes (MT) against 26 MT last year while consumption is forecast at about 23 MT, reports PTI quoting a sugar quarterly review by Rabobank.
 
Monsoon rains have been 12% below normal as of end-August and though most of the cane producing regions are irrigated, dry weather is expected to impact the cane crop as irrigation from existing water reservoirs cannot offset the deficit in rainfall, the bank which specialises in agri business said.
 
Commenting on the domestic market, it said production in Maharashtra and Karnataka is likely to decline though the shortfall would be offset by increase in production in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
 
Maharashtra's sugar production is projected to decline by 15% to 7.6 MT in 2012-13 as against 8.9 MT in 2011-12 due to deficit rainfall and that in Karnataka by 21% to 3 MT.
 
Production in Uttar Pradesh, however, is expected to increase by 12% to 7.8 MT and that in Tamil Nadu by around 11% to about 2.3 MT, Rabobank said.
 
Concerns regarding the prospect of lower cane yields and sugar output in Maharashtra and Karnataka plus the approach of the peak sugar consumption period have led to retail prices of sugar going up by 15% over the last month, it said.
 
Retail sugar prices in Delhi and Mumbai are currently around Rs40 per kg, the highest in 18 months and 25% above year-ago levels, the bank said.
 

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