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NEW DELHI: Federal Bank, a part of the consortium that had given loans to Kingfisher Airlines, has recovered 10 crore till date and is making efforts to get back the remaining dues from the beleaguered carrier. 'So far we have recovered 10 crore from Kingfisher Airlines. We had an exposure of 85 crore in the company," Federal Bank Managing Director Shyam Srinivasan told PTI. The bank expects more to come from the ongoing recovery process of the consortium, he said. The consortium of 17 banks, led by State Bank of India (SBI), has an outstanding debt of about 7,000 crore from the now-grounded carrier. SBI has the maximum exposure, over 1,600 crore, in the Vijay Mallya-led airline.
It is followed by Punjab National Bank with 800 crore, IDBI at 800 crore, Bank of India at 650 crore and Bank of Baroda 550 crore. As part of the recovery process, banks in February last year decided to sell a portion of the collateral with them, including shares of group companies United Spirits Ltd and Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd, Mallya's Goa villa, Kingfisher House in Mumbai and the Kingfisher brand, which was valued at over 4,000 crore at the time it was pledged.

Srinivasan said the bank is making all efforts to reduce its non-performing assets, or bad loans. The bank's gross NPA came down to 2.83 percent at the end of the third quarter from 3.85 percent at the end of December 2012. During this period, its net NPA dropped to 0.86 percent from 0.92 percent."We expect the current trend of NPA reduction to continue in the current quarter," he said, adding that the bank has been focusing on quality assets to reduce fresh slippage.

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