Resilience in the banking sector will be affected significantly if the top three borrowers default on their loans, as per the financial stability assessment report of the Bangladesh Bank.
Rick Haque Sikder, a director of National Bank Ltd (NBL) and chairman of R&R Aviation Ltd, has defaulted on repayments of a loan with AB Bank Ltd, which might cost him the directorship if dues are not cleared in two months.
With the high rate of non-performing loans (NPLs) being a major challenge for the banking sector, just 25 of the 61 commercial banks in Bangladesh are managing to keep their NPL rates below 5 percent.
Non-performing loans (NPLs) in Bangladesh’s banking sector hit a new record in June as withdrawal of a relaxed central bank policy, slowdown in business sales and deliberate non-payments pushed up the volume of bad loans to Tk 1,56,039 crore, central bank data showed.
The loans can be repaid in 10 years with one-year of grace period
It increased by Tk 10,954 crore to hit Tk 131,621 crore in March
Habitual defaulters' reluctance to repay the funds fuelled the amount to reach Tk 120,656 crore
The International Monetary Fund has identified the problems in the banking system, including the high volume of defaulted loans, as one of the three domestic risks that derail the economy in the short- to medium-term.