BKB seeks Tk 103b zero-coupon bond
The Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) has requested the government to issue redeemable zero-coupon bond worth Tk 103.18 billion to meet its capital shortfall. Officials said the state-owned BKB has sought the redeemable 10-series zero-coupon bond under re-capitalisation at a 4.0-per cent yield. The product’s maturity period will be 10 years from the date of issuance. It will be paid in 10 equal instalments, Tk 12.72 billion, including yield annually. According to a government instruction, the BKB gives loans to crop, fisheries and livestock sectors at a maximum of 9.0-per cent interest rate, although the cost of fund is 9.78 per cent (provisional). Zero-coupon bond is needed to meet the bank’s existing capital shortfall to fulfill the extended farm credits and expedite the rural economy, added the letter. According to the Bangladesh Bank, the BKB had a capital shortfall of more than Tk 103.18 billion (provisional) as of June 2020. The disbursement of farm loans by the BKB has surpassed its target in the last fiscal year. It achieved 113 per cent of its target set by the central bank. The total target was fixed for the bank at Tk 55 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2019-20, according to the data available with the central bank. The regulator has set for the bank a Tk 60-billion agriculture credit target for FY 2020-21. The bank disbursed more than Tk 23.81 billion among 0.185-million families in FY 2019-20. It has disbursed over Tk 9.97-billion loans or 83.19 per cent against target under the central bank’s ‘special incentive re-financing scheme’ for flower, fruit, grain, fish, poultry, dairy farm and livestock sectors until October 07, 2020.
Mutual funds to play bigger role in stock market
The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) is anticipating mutual funds’ contribution in stock market capitalisation to balloon from some 3 per cent at present to 20 per cent. The sector should hold strong to help the stock market gain strength and also meet higher demands of private investment in coming years. The private sectors needs the investment-GDP ratio to rise by 10 per cent to meet the government’s targeted economic development and the capital market could mobilise a large part of the massive investment demand, Rahman said. They did so despite having the scope to invest up to 40 per cent of their funds into risk-free money market instruments and 30 per cent into fixed income investment grade corporate bonds. Some chose to pay dividends for years while incurring losses, which ultimately eroded their capital, he added. Titled “Importance of Mutual Fund Industry in the Capital Market as well as in the Economy of Bangladesh”, the webinar was organised by the Association of Asset Management Companies and Mutual Fundsin observance of World Investors Week 2020.
ICB AMCL approves 50pc cash dividend in AGM
The 20th Annual General Meeting of ICB Asset Management Company Limited (a subsidiary of ICB) was held on a digital platform Saturday. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Mojib Uddin Ahmed, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company. Chief Executive Officer A. T. M. Ahmedur Rahman and other directors/shareholders of the company were also present in the meeting. Directors’ Report to the shareholders and annual accounts of the Company for 2019-2020 were approved in the meeting. During 2019-2020, the company earned a net profit of Tk 435.2 billion (43.52 crore). Earnings per share of Tk. 100.00 stood at Tk. 110.53. The shareholders approved 50 per cent cash dividend (including 40% interim) per share for 2019-2020.
Southeast Bank launches “Tahqiq”
Southeast Bank Ltd recently launched “Tahqiq”, a risk-based internal audit system (RBIAS) in its ICC Division. Millennium Information Solution Limited (MISL) developed the system which will help the Bank achieving a competitive edge through a more efficient auditing process, automating the ICC department functions and branch-wise as well as department-wise risk grading, said a statement of MISL. The launching of “Tahqiq” (RBIAS) was held through a virtual “Go Live” ceremony on October 8 last. By implementing this system, SEBL will be able to bring significant efficiency in its Audit and ICC department. The other benefits include paperless and automated Audit Planning, Operation, and Compliance, comprehensive Risk Grading engine with easy integration with CBS and HRIS and installation of executive dashboards which will show real-time audit operations & compliance status.