SBI gains 2% on reports of liking deposit, loan interest to repo rates

With this, effective interest rate in savings account works out to be 3.5%, which is unchanged at present.

Mar 11, 2019 06:03 IST India Infoline News Service

Shares of State Bank of India (SBI) gained 2% on Monday after media reports showed that the bank has announced liking of deposit and loan interest rates to external benchmark from May 01, 2019.

The development implies that whenever the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announces a change in the repo rate, it will automatically reset SBI's interest rates, media report stated.

Accordingly, savings account with deposit balances above Rs1 lakh will attract the effective interest rate of 2.75% below repo rate, which is currently at 6.25%. With this, effective interest rate in savings account works out to be 3.5%, which is unchanged at present.

Moreover, all cash credit accounts and overdrafts above Rs1 lakh would be priced at 2.25% over the repo rate. So, at current repo rate of 6.25%, this comes to floor rate of 8.5% for the bank. On this floor rate, the bank will charge a risk premium based on the risk profile of the borrower.
State Bank of India's share price is currently at Rs287.10, up by Rs5.85 or 2.08%, from its previous close of Rs281.25 on the BSE.
The scrip opened at Rs283.30 and has touched a high and low of Rs288.50 and Rs283.30, respectively. So far, 1,15,54,161 (NSE+BSE) shares have been traded on the counter. The current market cap of the company is Rs2,51,004.70cr.

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