Genaral Banking of Mercantile Bank Limited

The principal objective of this report is to analyze general banking activities and their customer’s satisfaction of Mercantile Bank Limited. Other objectives are identify the present state of Mercantile, Main Branch and observe the customers and their satisfaction. Here briefly describe the overall General Banking, SMS Banking, ATM facilities and other facilities. Finally make SWOT analysis and provide the recommendation for improvement in general banking of Mercantile Bank Limited.

 

Objective of the report

The principal intent of this report is to analyze the trends of overall banking and their customer’s satisfaction. Objectives of the study are summarized in the following manner:

  • To identify the present state of Mercantile Bank Limited (MBL), Main Branch.
  • To observe the customers and their satisfaction towards the MBL.
  • To observe the customers reaction towards service of MBL.
  • To describe the General Banking, SMS Banking, ATM facilities and other facilities provided by MBL.
  • To draw SWOT analysis of MBL, Main branch.
  • To discuss the potential of MBL.
  • To provide the recommendation for improvement of MBL.
  • Finally, to sketch out the overview of Mercantile Bank Limited (MBL).

 

MBL in Bangladesh

Banking system occupies an important place in a nation’s economy. Banking institution is indispensable in a modern society and it plays a vital role in the economic development of a country. Against the background of liberalization of economic policies in Bangladesh, Mercantile bank Limited emerged as a new commercial bank to provide efficient banking services with a view to improving the socio-economic development of the country.

The Bank provides a broad range of financial services to its customers and corporate clients. The Board of Directors consists of eminent personalities from the realm of commerce and industries of the country.

 

Historical background

Mercantile Bank Limited is a scheduled private commercial bank established on May 20, 1999 under the Bank Company Act, 1991 and incorporated as a Public Limited  Company under Company Act, 1994. The Bank started commercial banking operations from June 02, 1999. During this short span of time, the Bank has been successful to position itself as a progressive sand dynamic financial institution in the country.

The Bank had been widely welcome by the business community, from small entrepreneurs for forward-looking business outlook business outlook and innovative financing solutions. Thus, within this very short period it has been able to create an image

for itself and has earned significant reputation in the country’s banking sector as a bank with vision. The company Philosophy -“efficiency is our strength” has been exactly the essence of success of this Bank.

Mercantile Bank Limited has been licensed by the Government of Bangladesh as a scheduled Bank in the private sector in the process of the policy of liberalization of banking and financial services or Bangladesh. In view of the above, the Bank has, within a period of eight years of its operation, achieved a remarkable success and has always met up capital adequacy requirement set by Bangladesh Bank.

There are twenty-seven sponsors involved in creating Mercantile Bank Limited; the sponsors of the Bank have a long heritage of trade, commerce and industry. They are highly regarded for their entrepreneurial competence. The sponsors happen to be member of different professional groups among whom are also renowned banking professionals having vast range of banking knowledge. There are also members who are associated with other financial institution like companies, leasing company’s etc.

The board of directors consists of 21 members elected from the sponsor of the bank. And the board of directors is the apex body of e bank. All route matters beyond delegated owners of management are decided upon by or routed through the executive committee, subject to ratification by the board of directors.

 

Division of MBL

MBL, being one of the best financial intermediaries in the country, blended in operation in conventional banking, Merchant banking and Retail banking. The blending has been done with the objective of diversifying the operations for catering to the needs of the customers of the different sterna of the society from one viewpoint and for having sustainable growth in profitability and business with the least possible risk. The bank’s operations were diversified into the following areas of activities as a dynamic financial intermediary.

  • Conventional Banking operation
  • Lease finance operation
  • Merchant banking
  • Retail banking

In order to carry out the above operations of Mercantile Bank Ltd has set up the following divisions, departments and units in its head office. For the operations by the above-mentioned divisions, the bank has established the following divisions to provide support and internal services.

Human resource divisionGeneral service division
Information Technology divisionMarketing division
Public relation divisionShare/customer care division
Financial administration divisionBranches control division

Table: Division of MBL

The professionalism, dedication and loyalty demonstrated by the client and people are the corner stone of the success in this bank. And the main aim of MBL is to improve the competitive position in the chosen market segments and make steady investment in the core business.

Operations

The importance of the mobilization of saving for economic development of our country can hardly be over emphasized. The bank considers savings and deposit as life-blood of the bank. More the deposit, greater is the strength of the bank. So, they intends to launch various new savings schemes with greater is the strength of the bank and prospect of higher of return duly supported by a well-orchestrated system of customer services.

Technology such as computer, ATM, Tele-communication etc. all would be harmonized and adapted to the system in order to provide round-the-clock and any-branch services to the clients. Travelers’ cheques, credit cards and other ancillary services including payment of different bills from one counter will also be introduced to achieve the ultimate goal of ONE-STOP service to the customers’ value.

The bank would cater to the credit needs of individuals as well as corporate clients. Initially it will emphasize on trade finance, which would be short-term and self-liquidating in nature. Considering the importance of Export and Import and also handing of foreign remittance business would be given top-most priority.

Customer credit is a relatively new field of micro-credit activities. People with limited income can avail with this credit facility to buy any household effects including car, computer and other durable. Mercantile Bank Limited (MBL) will play a vital roll in extending the consumer credits in line with its policy of people-oriented banking.

Lease-Finance is an area of business where the bank would activity participates. Because of certain built-in advantages, the industrial entrepreneurs are being increasingly attracted to this type of financing. Moreover, Mercantile Bank Limited (MBL) intends to expand the scope of this finance to include financing of agricultural equipment’s as well.

The bank would not depend only on interest earnings; rather it would strive hard to go for fee-based income from non-activities of the bank. This type of business include capital market operations like Underwriting, Portfolio management, Mutual fund management, Investors’ account as well as commission-based business like Letter of Guarantee, Inland remittance, Foreign remittance etc. These businesses usually do not involve bank’s fund, but on the contrary, offer immense opportunity and scope to expand bank services to the members of public at large.

Services Provided

  • General Banking
  • Credit or Loan Department
  • Foreign Exchange Business

 

General Banking

Introduction

Bangladesh is one of the less development countries. So the economic development of the country depends largely on the activities of commercial Banks. So I need to emphasis whether these commercial Banks are effectively and honestly performing their functions, assign their duties, and responsibilities and whether the customers are really satisfy or not. In thus respect I need to know about the general banking function of Mercantile Bank Limited, Main Branch, Dhaka.

The general banking department does the most important and basic works of the bank. All other departments are linked with this department. It also pays a vital role in deposit mobilization of the branch. MBL provides different types of accounts, locker facilities and special types of saving scheme under general banking. For proper functioning and excellent customer service this department is divided into various sections namely as follows.

  • Account Opening Section,
  • Local Remittance Section,
  • Deposit Schemes Section,
  • Accounts Section,
  • Clearing Section,
  • Collection Section,
  • Cash Section,

Account Opening Section

To establish a Banker and customer relationship account opening is the first step. Opening of an account binds the banker and customer into contractual relationship. But selection of customer for opening an account is very crucial for a Bank. Indeed, fraud and forgery of all kinds start by opening account. So, the Bank takes extremely cautious measure in its selection of customers.

Types of Account

MBL has the following types of accounts:

  • Current Account
  • Savings Account
  • Fixed Deposit Account

Procedure to open an Account:

  • For opening an account, at first the prospective account holder will apply for opening an account by filling up account opening form. Account opening form consists of the name of the branch, type of account, name of the applicant(s), present address, permanent address, passport number (if any), date of birth, nationality, occupation, nominee(s), special instruction (if any), initial deposit, specimen signature(s) of the applicant(s), introducer’s information etc.
  • The prospective customer should be properly introduced by the followings:
  1. An existing customer of the bank.
  2. Officials of the bank not below the rank of Assistant Officer.
  • A respectable person of the locality who is well known to the manager or authorized officer.
  • Two copies of passport size photograph duly attested by the introducer.
  • Signature of the prospective account holder in the account opening form and on the specimen signature card duly attested by the introducer.
  • Then the concerned authority will allocate a number for the new account.

The customer than deposit the “initial deposit” by filling up a deposit slips. Initial deposit to open a current account in MBL is Tk. 10000.00 and saving account is Tk. 5000.00.

When the following requirements are fulfilled, the account is considered to be opened. MBL maintains all of its accounts in computer. After depositing the initial deposit, MBL records it in the computer by giving new account number. Then it issues chequebook requisition slip by the customer. Then it distributes all relevant papers to respective department.

 

Local Remittance Section

Local remittance is one of the main components of general banking.  The activities of local remittance are —

  • Telegraphic Transfer,
  • Demand Draft issue,
  • Pay order.

Telegraphic Transfer

It is an order from the issuing branch to the drawee bank / branch for payment of a certain sum of money to the beneficiary. The payment instruction is sent by telex and funds are paid to the beneficiary through his account maintained with the drawee branch or through a pay order if no account is maintained with the drawee branch.

Procedure of issuing TT:

Following procedures are followed while issuing of TT:

  • The applicant fills up the relevant parts of the prescribed application form in triplicate, duly signed the same and gives it to the GB.
  • GB will fill up the commission part for bank’s use and request the applicant to deposit necessary cash or cheque at the cash booth.
  • The first copy of the application form will be treated as Debit Ticket while the second copy will be treated as Credit Ticket. The third copy will be handed over to the applicant as customer’s copy.
  • GB will prepare telex in appropriate form, sign it and send it to the telex operator for transmission of the message.
  • GB will prepare necessary advice. Debit advice is sent to the client if clients account is debited for the amount of T.T.
  • T. Confirmation Advice is sent to the drawee branch.
  • Credit Ticket (second copy of the application form) is used to credit the PBL General Account.

 Payment of T.T.

On receipt of T.T. payment instructions the following entries are passed by the drawee branch if the T.T. is found to be correct on verification of the Test number.

In case the beneficiary does not maintain any account with the drawee branch a pay order will be issued in favor of the payee and sent to his banker / local address as the case may be.

Every branch maintains a prescribed T.T. Payable Register. All the particulars off T.T. are to be properly recorded in this register duly authenticated. A separate Type of T.T. confirmation advice is sent to the drawee branch on the same day. On receipt of T.T. confirmation advice, the particulars of T.T. are verified with reference to particulars already recorded in the T.T. payable register.

Demand Draft (DD) Issue

Sometimes customers use demand draft for the transfer of money from one place to another. For getting a demand draft, customer has to fill up an application form. The form contains date, name and address of the applicant, signature of the applicant, cheque number (if cheque is given for issuing the DD), draft number, name of the payee, name of the branch on which the DD will be drawn and the amount of the DD. The form will be duly signed by the applicant and by the authorized officer. MBL charges .15% commission on the face value of DD as service charge.

 

Process of issuing Local Draft:

Followed procedures are followed while issuing local draft-

  • Get the application form properly filled up and signed by the applicant.
  • Complete the lower portion of the form for the bank’s use.
  • Calculate the total amount including the bank’s commission.
  • If the cheque is presented for of the local draft, the officer should get the cheque duly passed for payment by the authorized person and record the particulars of local draft on the back of the cheque.
  • If the client wants to debit his account for the payment of the draft amount, the officer should get the account holder’s signature verified properly, from signature card on record of the branch and debit clients account for the total amount including commission.
  • The first copy of the application form will be treated as Debit Ticket while the second copy will be treated as Credit Ticket and kept by the GB. The third copy is handed over to the applicant as customer’s copy.

The GB Department maintains a prescribed L.D. Issue Register. All the required particulars of LDs issued and should be entered in that register duly authenticated.

 

Issue of Duplicate Draft:

Duplicate Draft is not normally issued unless getting of satisfactory evidence is produced regarding loss of the draft. If the L.D. is reported to be lost or stolen, the issuing branch on receipt of a written request from the purchaser may issue a duplicate draft.

Before issuing duplicate L.D. the branch should observe the followings-

  • Verify the purchaser’s signature on the request letter from the signature appearing on the original application form.
  • Immediately issue a stop payment instruction to the drawee branch under advice of head office and obtain confirmation of non-payment the L.D. in acquisition.
  • After the drawee branch has acknowledged the stop payment order and confirmed that the local draft in acquisition remains unpaid at their end, the issuing branch should obtain an Indemnity Bond on stamp paper as per prescribed format from the purchaser duly signed by him. The branch will thereafter write to head office for their approval to issue a duplicate draft.
  • The head office on receipt of the request from the issuing branch will immediately issue a caution circular to all the branches regarding the lost of the local draft asking them to record stop payment.
  • The head office will thereafter issue clearance to the issuing branch for issuing for issuing a duplicate draft in lieu of original reported lost.
  • On receipt of the clearance from head office, the issuing branch will issue a completely fresh draft marking clearly the words duplicate issued in lieu of original draft no………………. dated …………….in bold letters on the top of the front page of the draft. The printed serial number on the draft should not however be struck off. Intimation should be given to the drawee branch furnishing full particulars of the duplicate draft.
  • The particulars of the duplicate draft must resemble those of the original draft in all respects, i.e., all the particulars to the duplicate draft must be identical with those in the original draft. No further IBCA is to be issued for the duplicate draft.
  • Prescribed duplicate issuance charge is to be recovered for issuing the duplicate draft and credited to “Income Account”.

 

Cancellation of Local Draft

The followings are followed while canceling a L.D.-

  • The purchaser should submit a written request for cancellation of the L.D. attaching therewith the original L.D.
  • The signature of the purchaser will have to be verified from the original application form.
  • Manager’s prior permission is to be obtained before refunding the amount of draft.
  • Cancellation charge is to be recovered from the applicant and only the amount of the draft less cancellation charge should be refunded. Commission charge, posted charge etc. recovered for issuing the L.D. should not be refunded.
  • The original entries are to be reversed giving proper narration. An IBDA for the cancelled L.D. should be issued on the drawee branch.
  • Cancellation of L.D. should also be recorded in the L.D. Issue Register.

 

Deposit Scheme Section

Bank is the largest organization of mobilizing surplus domestic savings. For poverty alleviation, we need self-employment, for self-employment we need investment and for investment we need savings. In the other words, savings help capital formations and the capital formations help investments in the country. The investment in its turn helps industrialization leading towards creation of wealth of the country. And the wealth finally takes the country on road to progress and prosperity. As such, savings is considered the very basis of prosperity of the country. The more the growth of savings, the more will be the prosperity of the nation.

The savings rate in Bangladesh is one of the lowest in the world rate of domestic saving being 17.78 %. In order to improve the savings rate, Financial Institutions responsible for mobilization of savings should offer attractive Savings Schemes so that the marginal propensity to save increases. The savings do not, of course, depend only on the quantum of income but largely depend on the habit of savings of the people.

MBL has formulated the following Savings Schemes:

  • Double Benefit Deposit Scheme (DBDS)
  • Times Benefit Deposit Scheme
  • Mashik Sanchaya Prokalpa (MSK) or Monthly Savings Scheme (MSS)
  • Family Maintenance Deposit (FMD)
  • Quarterly Benefit Deposit Scheme
  • Advance Benefit Deposit Scheme (ABDS)

 

Account Section

In banking business transactions are done every day and these transactions are to be recorded properly and systematically as the banks deal with the depositors’ money. Any deviation in proper recording may hamper public confidence and the bank has to suffer a lot. Improper recording of transactions will lead to the mismatch in the debit side and credit side. To avoid these mishaps, the bank provides a separate department whose function is to check the mistakes in passing vouchers or wrong entries or fraud or forgery. This department is called Accounts Department.

Besides these, the branch has to prepare some internal statements as well as some statutory statements, which are to be submitted to the Central Bank and the Head Office. This department prepares all these statements.

Functions of Accounting Department

We can divide the functions of accounting department into two categories. This are-

Day to day functions: Here day-to-day function refers to the every day tasks. Accounting department of MBL performs the following day to day functions:

  • Recording of transaction in the cashbook, general and subsidiary ledger.
  • Preparing the daily position of deposit and cash.
  • Making the payment of the expense of the branch.
  • Recordings of inter branch fund transfer.
  • Checking whether all the vouchers are correctly passed.
  • Recording the voucher in the voucher register.
  • Packing and maintains the total debit and total credit vouchers.

 Periodical functions: Periodical functions of accounts department include the preparation of different weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly and annual statement. The accounts department prepares the following statements:

  • Monthly statement of deposits, loans and advances, profit and loss etc.
  • Quarterly statement of deposits, loans and advances, profit and loss etc.
  • Yearly statement of deposits, loans and advances, profit and loss etc.
  • Yearly statement of classified Loans and Advances.
  • Statement of Affairs.
  • Yearly Budget of the Branch, etc.

Clearing House:

According through the 37(2) of Bangladesh Bank Order 1972, which are the member of the clearinghouse, are called as Scheduled Bank. The scheduled banks clear the cheques drawn upon one another through the clearinghouse. This is an arrangement by the central Bank where every day representative of the member banks gather to clear the cheques. Banks for credit of the proceeds to the customers account accept cheques and other similar instruments. The banks receive many such instruments during the from account holders. Many of these instruments are drawn payable at other banks. If they were to be presented at the drawer banks to collect the proceeds it would be necessary to employ many messengers for the purpose. Similarly there would many cheque drawn on this the messengers of other banks would present bank and then at the counter. The whole process of collection and payment would involve considerable labor, delay, risk and expenditure. All the labor, risk, delay and expenditure are substantially reduced by the representative of all the banks meeting at a specified time, for exchanging the instruments and arriving at the net position regarding receipt of payment.

The place where the banks meet and settle their dues is called the Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse sits for two times a working day. The members submit the climbable cheque in the respective desks of the banks and vice-versa. Consequently the debit and credit entries are given. At the debit summation and the credit summation are calculated. Then the banks clear the balances through the cheque of Bangladesh Bank. The dishonored cheque are sorted and returned with return memo.

 

Cash Section

Cash section is a very sensitive organ of the branch and handle with extra care.  Operation of this section begins at the start of the banking hour. Cash officer begins his/her transaction with taking money from the vault, known as the opening cash balance. Vault is kept in a much secured room. Keys to the room are kept under control of cash officer and branch in charge. The amount of opening cash balance is entered into a register. After whole days’ transaction, the surplus money remain in the cash counter is put back in the vault and known as the closing balance. Money is received and paid in this section.

Cash Receipt

  • At first the depositors fill up the Deposit in Slip. For saving account and current account same Deposit in Slip is used in this Branch.
  • After filling the required deposit in slip, depositor deposits the money.
  • Officers at the cash counter receives the money, count it, enter the amount of money in the register kept at the counter, seal the deposit in slip and sign on it with date and keep the banks’ part of the slip. Other part is given to the depositor.
  • In this branch, i.e., Elephant Road Branch, two different officers maintain two different books for entering such entries. All deposits of saving account are maintained by one officer and other accounts by another officer.
  • At the end of the day entries of both of these registers are cross checked with the register kept at the cash counter to see whether the transactions are correct or not.

Cash Payment

  • When a person comes to the bank to cash a cheque, s/he first gives it to the computer desk to know the position of the check and posting of the cheque. If the account has sufficient fund the computer in charge will post it into the computer, will sign it and seal it.
  • This cheque is then sent to the concerned officer. There are two officers who verify the cheques – one for savings and similar types of account and another for current and similar types of account.
  • After receiving the cheque respective officer first checks it very carefully for any kind of fraudulent activity. S/he also checks the date of the cheque, amount in word, amount in figure and signature of the drawer.
  • If the instrument is free of all kind of error the officer will ask the bearer to sign on the back of it.
  • He will then put his/her initial beside the bearers’ signature. S/he will also sign it on its face; will write down the amount by red pen.
  • Then the cheque will be sent to the cash counter. At the cash counter bearer will be asked again to sign on the back of the instrument.
  • The cash officer will then enter the details of the cheque in his/her register and will pay the money to the bearer.
  • At the end of the day these registers will be compared to ensure the correctness of the entries.

 

Automatic teller machines (ATM) Services

Introduction

Automatic teller machines (ATMs) ensure that cash is easily accessible, whenever and wherever someone needs cash. It helps businesses facilitate cash-only transactions and you avoid the mounting fees of credit card processing or check cashing, while also generating revenue for your business via a share of the transaction fees collected by the ATM provider. The Bank carries its banking activities through 41 branches in the country. Mercantile Bank customers have access to 59 ATMs as a member of ETN. Under the ATM network the software enables direct linking of a client’s account, without the requirement of a separate account. Mercantile Bank Limited has already set up its own ATM machine at 15 corresponding branches and is also in the process of setting up its own ATM network at every focused point in the city with a view of providing retail banking services.

Benefits of MBL cards:

  • No Cash Withdrawal Fee: For withdrawals of cash from MBL ATM by MBL cardholders no cash advance fee is necessary and from any other Q-cash ATM the fee is Tk.10 only. MBL is the only bank offering such unique facility. Moreover, our VISA Cardholders can also withdraw cash from any Visa logo ATM locally and internationally.
  • Acceptability: International/Dual card is accepted all over the world at millions of outlets and ATMs. A Dual card is also accepted in most of the big cities like Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet at more than 10,000 outlets including 4500 POS. It covers various kinds of merchants like hospital, hotel, restaurant, department store and the card has accessibility to any outlet having VISA logo.
  • Credit Facility: Mercantile Bank Ltd. Visa Credit card offers maximum 45 days credit facilities free of interest and minimum payment is 5% of outstanding billing payment for easy repayment and convenience of the customers.
  • Supplementary Card: A Principal cardholder (local) may apply for more than one supplementary card where one supplementary card is free. Expenses made by supplementary card will be charged to the principal card.
  • Advance against Credit card: MBL cardholder can take advance as term loan up to 50% of the card limit to be repaid on the monthly installment basis. Any POS transaction over TK. 20000 but not exceeding 50% of the credit limit is convertible to Personal loan/CCS and to be repaid on monthly installment basis. Repayment period of such loan may be from 6 months to 36 months.
  • Overdraft Facilities: Overdraft facilities up to 80% of the credit card limit may also be allowed for payment of the installment of scheme deposit with our Bank.
  • Payment of Utility Bill: Payment of utility bills like telephone bills, gas bills, electric bills, water bills, may be settled by card.

MBL’S Cards

  • Dual Card (two in one): Single Card with double benefits. No hassle to carry two cards (local and international). A single credit card can be used both locally and internationally to withdraw cash from ATM for POS transaction. This is the special feature of MBL Visa card.
  • Debit Card: Visa debit card is mainly tagged with deposit account (CD/SB/STD) that is automatically debited from the A/C having available balance. Debit card can also be used for purchasing goods, services, payment of utility bills etc as well as withdrawal of cash from ATM.

Pre-Paid Card: Those who have no account with MBL may avail Pre-Paid card facilities. The Pre-Paid cardholders pay first buy later. Pre-Paid card offers the convenience and security of electronic payment in situations where one might otherwise use cash, such as birthday gift or a monthly allowance for a young adult. Examples include gift cards and salary payment etc.

For Debit Card/Pre-Paid Card

  • Two copies of passport size photograph.
  • Customer should maintain a deposit (SB/CD/STD) A/C with any branch of MBL.
  • Other than MBL account holders may also avail Pre-Paid card against deposit of money.

For International Credit Card

  • Two copies of passport size photograph.
  • TIN certificate.
  • Photocopy of passport from 1 to 7 pages including endorsement pages if any.
  • Lien confirmation of RFCD A/C is required from the concerned Branch/Bank for issuance of card against RFCD A/C.
  • For issuance of card against the balance in ERQ A/C maintained with us or with other bank, lien confirmation should be obtained from the respective Bank/branch.
  • For issuance of card against new exporters and importers/producers quota relevant papers such as, recommendation letter from EPB/ copy of tax return etc. is required.

Business Process:

After opening a bank account in the bank the customer is provided with ATM card and also his password. Customer will go to any ATM booth of the bank and punch his card and then provide the password with mentioning the required amount of money. When he provides his password the bank check it with their database information. If there is balance in the customer’s account the server of the bank give the ATM machine confirmation to provide the customer the required money.

 

Credit or Loan Department

Introduction

Mercantile Bank Limited is a third generation bank, which is committed to provide high quality financial services/products to contribute to GDP through stimulating trade & commerce, accelerating the pace of industrialization and boosting up export by allowing credit facilities. The failure of the commercial bank is mainly occurs due to bad loans, which occurs due to inefficient management of the loan and advance portfolio. The objective of the credit management is to maximize the performing asset and the minimization of the non-performing asset as well as ensuring the optimal point of loan and advance and their efficient management. Credit management is a dynamic field where a certain standard of long-range planning is needed to allocate the fund in diverse field and to minimize the risk and maximizing the return on the invested fund. Continuous supervision, monitoring and follow-up are highly required for ensuring the timely repayment and minimizing the default.

General loan scheme, depending on the various nature of financing, all the lending activities has been brought under the following General loan:

  1. Short Term Loan
  2. Medium Term Loan
  3. Long Term Loan

Types of Credit or Loan

Secured Overdraft (SOD):

It is a continuous advance facility. By this agreement the banker allows his customer to overdraft his current account up to his credit limits sanctioned by the bank. The interest is charged on the amount, which he withdraws, not on the sanctioned amount. MBL sanctions SOD against different security. Based on different types of security, we can divide the following category of the facility:

  • SOD (General): Advances allowed to the individuals/firms against financial obligations i.e. lien of F.D.R or Defense Savings Certificate (P.S.P), ICB Unit Certificate etc.
  • SOD (Others): Advances allowed against assignment of work order for execution of contractual works falls under this head. The advance is generally allowed for specific purposes. It is not a continuous loan.

Cash Credit:

Cash credit is a favorite mode of borrowing by traders, industrialist’s etc. for meeting their working capital requirements. It is operated like overdraft account. Depending on the needs of the business, the borrower can draw on his cash credit account at different time and when he gets money can adjust the liability. MBL charges interest on the daily balance in the account. Depending on charging security there are two forms of cash credit:

  • Cash Credit (hypothecation): It is a short-term arrangement by which a customer is allowed to borrow money up to a certain limit sanctioned by the bank for a certain time. Under he condition the borrower is required to submit the stock fortnightly in the bank specimen form. It is allowed to maximum a period of one year.
  • Cash Credit (pledge): It is also a continuous loan allowed against pledge of goods as primary securities fall under this head of advance.

Foreign Documentary Bills Purchased (FDBP):

Payment made against documents representing sell of goods to local export oriented industries, which are deemed as exports, and which are denominated in Local currency/ foreign currency falls under this head. The bill of exchange is held as the primary security. The client submits the usance bill and the bank discounts it. This temporary liability is adjustable from the proceeds of the bills.

Term Loan:

MBL considers the loans, which are sanctioned for more than one year as term loan. Under this facility, an enterprise is financed from the starting to its finishing, i.e. from installation to its production. MBL offers this facility only to big industries. The loans are allowed to individual or firm or industries for a specific purpose but for a definite period and generally repayable by installments fall under this lead. These types of lending are mainly allowed to accommodate financing under the categories.

  • Large & Medium Scale Industry
  • Small & Cottage Industries and
  • Agriculture

Mercantile Bank has offered the public, the businessperson, or the entrepreneur, even service holder, to know the policy and get the benefit this policy.  This bank has also offered this scheme:

  • Consumers credit Scheme (CCS)
  • Car Loan Scheme
  • Doctors Credit Scheme
  • Rural Development Scheme
  • Lease Financing
  • Personal Loan
  • Small Loan

This bank also formulated its policy to give priority to small and medium businessperson while financing large-scale enterprises through consortium banks. Total loans and advances of the bank stood at BDT 37,877.86 million as end of December 31, 2008. Trade and commerce, garment Industry, large and medium scale industries and construction are major sectors to which this bank extended its credit.

 

Foreign Exchange Department

Introduction

The foreign exchange has played a vital role in the last decade or so in guiding the purchase and sale of goods, services and raw materials globally. Every country has certain natural advantages and disadvantages in producing certain commodities while they have some natural disadvantages as well in other areas. As a result, we find that some countries need to import certain commodities while others need to export their surpluses. Foreign trade brings the fruits of the earth to the homes of the humblest among the countries. These transactions are the basis upon which international trade is made.

As more than one currency is involved in foreign trade, it gives rise to exchange of currencies, which is known as Foreign Exchange. The term ‘Foreign Exchange’ has three principal meanings. Firstly, it is a term used referring to the currencies of other countries in terms of any single one currency. To a Bangladeshi, Dollar, Pound Sterling, etc. are foreign currencies and as such foreign exchanges. Secondly, the term also commonly refers to some instruments used in international trade, such as bill of exchange, drafts, travelers’ cheque and other means of international remittance. Thirdly, the term foreign exchange is also quite often referred to the balance is foreign currencies held by a country.

In the fiscal year 2006 Bangladesh economy was confronted with serious challenge, among others, the impact of divesting floods, the excessive price hike of oil and some other importable in the international market, in addition to the termination of the multi fiber arrangement. To cope with these challenges, the government and the Bangladesh Bank adopted a series of policies to enhance the resilience of the economy, while maintaining macroeconomic stability. These polices significantly contributed toward maintaining real GDP growth at a satisfactory level of 5.4 percent in the fiscal year 2006 as against 6.3 percent in 2005.

The reduction in growth of agriculture sector in Bangladesh affected the economy. Economic growth was aided by continuing rebounded exports, import and remittance. In U.S dollar terms exports earning recorded a growth of 14.7 percent while imports payments surged by 21.4 percent. At the same time, remittance from by 11.8 percent non-residence Bangladeshi nationals increased in the fiscal year 2006. Although the country’s external current account balance swung from surplus to deficit, the overall balance of payments continued to maintain a surplus that LD to further accretion to foreign exchange reserves, foreign exchange reserves stood at USD at 2.96 billion at the end of fiscal year 2006.

 

Category of the Foreign Exchange Business

In terms of section 2(d) of the Foreign Exchange Regulations -1947, as adopted in Bangladesh Foreign Exchange –means foreign currency and includes any instrument drawn, accepted, made or issued under clause 13 of article 16 of the Bangladesh Bank Order, 1972, all deposits, credits and balances payable in any foreign currency and draft, travelers cheque., letter of credit and bill of exchange expressed or drawn in Bangladesh currency but payable in any foreign currencies.

In exercise of the powers conferred by sec. 3 of the Foreign Exchange Regulation-1947, Bangladesh Bank issues license to scheduled banks to deal with foreign exchange. These banks are known as Authorized Dealers (AD). Bangladesh Bank also issues licenses to persons or firms to exchange foreign currency instruments such as Currency notes and coins.

Foreign exchange department of MBL is divided into three sections:

  • Import (L/C Operation)
  • Export (L/C Operation)
  • Foreign Remittance

Import Business

Import means purchase of goods and services from the foreign countries into Bangladesh. Normally consumers, firms industries and Government of Bangladesh import foreign goods /materials to meet their various necessities. So, in brief, it can say that import in the flow of goods and services purchased by economic agent staying in the country from economic agent staying abroad.

The Ministry of Commerce in terms of the import and Export (Control) Act-1950 regulates import of goods into Bangladesh with Import Policy Order issued periodically and public notices issued time to time b y the office of the Chief Controller of Import and Export (CCI & E).  A present, it is regulated by the Import Policy (1997-2006), which was come into effect on June 14, 1998. And Import Policy directs certain Import Procedure, which administers the whole activity.

Export Business

Creation of wealth in ay country depends on the expansion of production and increasing participation in international trade. By increasing production in the export sector this bank can improve the employment level. Bangladesh exports a large quantity of goods and services to foreign households. Readymade textile garments both knitted and woven), Jute, Jute-made products, frozen shrimps, tea are the main goods that Bangladeshi exporters export in foreign countries. Garments sector is the largest sector that exports the lion share of the country’s export. Bangladesh exports most of its readymade garments products to U.S.A and European Community (EC) countries. Bangladesh exports about 40% of its readymade garments products to U.S.A. Most of the exporters who export through MBL are readymade garments exporters. They open export L/Cs here to export their goods, which they open against the import L/Cs opened by their foreign importers.

Export L/C operation is just reverse of the import L/C operation. For exporting goods by the local exporter, bank may act as advising bank and collecting bank (negotiable bank) for the exporter.

Remittance Business

Foreign remittance section of MBL is an integral part of Foreign Exchange Department. And this section of Foreign Exchange Department deals with incoming and outgoing foreign currencies. Therefore based on its function, foreign remittances are divided into two types.

  • Outward Foreign Remittance and
  • Inward Foreign Remittance.

 

Financial Statements

Balance Sheet of MBL

Mercantile Bank Limited

Balance Sheet as at December 31, 2008

PROPERTY AND ASSETS
Notes
2008
(BDT)
2007
(BDT)
Cash34,374,119,3403,717,354,095
Cash in hand (Including Foreign Currencies) 443,342,558452,062,448
Balance with Bangladesh Bank and Sonali Bank Limited (Including Foreign Currencies) 3,930,776,7823,265,291,647
Balance with Other Banks and Financial Institutions4327,911,508209,201,299
In Bangladesh 177,928,388126,848,623
Outside Bangladesh 149,983,12082,352,676
Money at Call and Short Notice5520,000,000
Investments67,690,121,7677,099,966,878
Government 5,681,107,4304,875,680,349
Others 2,009,014,3372,224,286,529
Loans and Advances741,993,945,81431,877,860,104
Loans, Cash Credit, Overdraft etc.7.A37,362,451,99128,799,208,279
Bills Purchased and Discounted7.B4,631,493,8233,078,651;825
Fixed Assets Including Premises,Furniture and Fixtures8682,999,856593,203,096
Other Assets9859,623,164922,951,636
Non-Banking Assets 
Total Assets 55,928,721,44944,940,537,108
LIABILITIES AND CAPITAL
Liabilities
   
Borrowings from other Banks, Financial Institutions and Agents102,326,325,000774,250,000
Deposits and other Accounts1146,374,178,83338,139,901,767
Current Accounts and Other Accounts11.15,831,638,3585,220,658,499
Bills Payable11.2677,763,825889,880,108
Savings Bank Deposits11.33,020,870,4402,344,752,184
Fixed Deposits11.417,501,418,86614,632,634,933
Bearer Certificate of Deposits11.525,939,840
Deposits Under Schemes11.619,342,487,34415,026,036,203
Other Liabilities123,610,885,5063,097,081,462
Total Liabilities 52,311,389,33942,011,233,229
Capital/ Shareholders’ Equity   
Paid-up Capital13.11,798,677,9001,498,898,300
Statutory Reserve141,222,833,902966,496,902
Other Reserves15233,183,099161,038,249
Surplus in Profit & Loss Account16362,637,209302,870,428
Total Shareholders’ Equity 3,617,332,1102,929,303,879
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity 55,928,721,44944,940,537,108
OFF BALANCE SHEET ITEMS   
CONTINGENT LIABILITIESA  
Acceptances and Endorsements178,157,477,0005,780,70’1,000
Letters of Guarantee17.13,640,902,8083,225,932,724
Irrevocable Letters of Credit17.27,281,346,2779,287,543,504
Bills for Collection17.373,305,88294,981,372
Other Contingent Liabilities17.4764,829,154514,946,142
Total 19,917,861,12118,904,104,742
Other CommitmentsB  
Documentary credits and short term trade related transactions   
Forward assets purchased and forward deposits placed   
Undrawn note issuance and revolving underwriting facilities   
Undrawn formal standby facilities, credit lines and other commitments   
Total   
TOTAL OFF-BALANCE SHEET ITEMS INCLUDING CONTINGENT LIABILITIES (A+B) 19,917,861,12118,904,104,742

 

Profit and Loss Account of MBL

Profit and Loss Account

For the year ended December 31, 2008

 
Notes
2008
(BDT)
2007
(BDT)
Interest Income18.14,875,241,8793,686,414,282
Less : Interest Paid on Deposits, Borrowings etc.194,045,970,1423,159,295,227
Net Interest Income 829,271,737527,119,055
Investment Income18.4751,100,500764,485,995
Commission, Exchange and Brokerage20917,199,841790,361,690
Other Operating Income21333,960,039319,692,585
  2,002,260,3801,874,540, 270
Total Operating Income 2,831,532,1172,401,659,325
Salaries and Allowances23611,587,111452,854,242
Rent, Taxes, Insurance, Electricity, etc.24155,724,646124,305,552
Legal Expenses255,045,2365,955,217
Postage, Stamps, Telecommunication etc. 27,045,45928,289,005
Stationery, Printings, Advertisements etc.2663,499,39956,743,714
Chief Executive’s Salary and Fees23.16,450,0004,388,203
Directors’ fees222,163,6001,900,700
Auditors’ Fees 500,000500,000
Depreciation & Repair of Fixed Assets2774,617,73760,174,509
Other expenses28303,383,441281,399,317
Total Operating Expenses 1,250,016,6291,016,510,459
Profit before Provision 1,581,515,4881,385,148,866
Provision against Classified Loans12.2117,958,10730,103,390
Provision against Unclassified Loans12.277,174,00061,687,181
Other Provisions12.1.2104,700,00094,521,000
Total Provisions 299,832,107186,311,571
Total Profit before Taxes 1,281,683,3811,198,837,295
Provision for Taxation12.1.1665,800,000658,338,000
Net Profit after Taxation 615,883,381540,499,295
Retained Surplus brought forward from previous year 3,090,8282,138,633
  618,974,209542,637,928
Appropriations   
Statutory Reserve 256,337,000239, 767,500
Retained Surplus 362,637,209302,870,428
  618,974,209 542,637,928
Earning Per Share (EPS)2934.2430.05

 

SWOT Analysis

Every organization is composed if some internal strengths and weaknesses and has some external opportunities and threats in its whole life cycle. The following will briefly introduce the customers to the mercantile bank ltd. internal strengths and weaknesses, external opportunities and threats as I have exposed in the past few weeks.

STRENGTHS

  • Superior quality: Mercantile Bank Ltd. provides its customers excellent and consistent quality in every service. It is of priority that customer is very satisfied.
  • Dynamism: Mercantile bank Ltd. draws from the adaptability and dynamism it possesses. It has quickly adapted to excellent standard in terms of banking services. Mercantile Bank Ltd has also adapted state of the art technology to connect with the world better communication to integrate facilities.
  • Efficient Management: all the levels of the management of Mercantile Bank Ltd limited are solely directed to maintain a culture for the betterment of the quality of the service and development of a corporate brand image in the market through organization wide team approach and open communication system.
  • State of the Art Technology: Mercantile Bank Ltd utilizes of the art technology to ensure consistent quality and operation. The corporate office is equipped with Reuters screen and SWIFT. All other AD branches are also equipped with SWIFT system.
  • Experts: the key-contributing factor behind the success of Mercantile Bank Ltd is its employees, who are highly trained and most components in their own field. Mercantile bank ltd provides their employees training both in house and outside job.
  • In house utility: Mercantile Bank Ltd is free from dependence on ever-disruptive power supply of our public sources. The company generates the required power through generator fed on diesel.

WAKNESSESS

  • Limited Workforce: Mercantile Bank Limited has limited human resources compared to its financial activities. There are not many people to perform most of the task. As a result many of the employees are burdened with extra workloads and work late hours without any overtime facilities. This might cause high employee turnover that will prove to be too costly to avoid.
  • Problem In Delivery: Few of the products that mercantile bank are offered to its clients as if “Personal Credit (PC)” is lying idle due to proper marketing initiative from the management these products can easily be made available in attractive ways to increase its client base as well as its deposit status.
  • Poor Information Evaluation System: The performance evaluation system in Mercantile Bank Limited is faulty. Though it is a private organization, many times are performance is evaluated in light of political performance.
  • Poor Information Facility: As it has no library facility as this result, they cannot provide total information. Otherwise, they cannot provide and update their website.
  • External forces: As a new bank MBL wants to follow the rules and regulation of Bangladesh Bank very strictly, but other banks do not doing the same as they are facing serious challenges in the market as well as to attaining their target also.

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Government Support: government of Bangladesh has rendered its full support to the banking sector for a sound financial status of the country, as it has become one of the vital sources of employment in the country now. Such government concern will facilitate and support the long-term vision of Mercantile Bank Limited.
  • Invest Opportunity: There is a great opportunity to take new dimension of banking such as Islamic banking, specialized banking. Otherwise, there are many sectors where this can give special privileges.
  • Evolution of E-Banking: Emergence of E-Banking will open more scope for Mercantile Bank Limited to reach the clients not only in Bangladesh but also in the global banking arena. The bank has already entered the world of E-banking and providing full electronic banking facilities to its customer.
  • Information Technology: Banking and information technology might give the bank leverage to its competitors. Nevertheless, there are many opportunities for Mercantile Bank Limited to go for product innovation in lie with the modern day need. The bank has yet to develop credit card facilities, lease financing and merchant banking.

THREATS

  • Merger and Acquisition: The worldwide trend of merging and acquisition in financial institution is causing concentration. The industry and competitors are increasing in power in their respective areas.
  • Poor Telecommunication Infrastructure: As previously mentioned, the world is advancing E Technology very rapidly. Though Mercantile Bank Limited has taken effort to join the stream of information technology; it is not possible to complete the mission due to poor technological infrastructure of our country.
  • Insufficient Attractive Product: Many banks are entering the market with new and lucrative products. Actually, the market for banking industry is now a buyer-dominated market. Unless Mercantile Bank Limited can come up with attractive financial products in the market; it will have to face steep competition in the days to come.

 

Findings in Different Sections of the Bank

General Banking Department

  • In general banking department they follow he traditional banking system. The entire general banking procedure is not fully computerized. As a result some processes for example collecting money from the deposit take a long time to perform.
  • The cash counter I think is congested and the procedure is also traditional.
  • There is no computer in Accounts Opening Section and Remittance Section. That’s why the service is not as prompt as the customer’s demand.
  • Lack of variety of services is also a drawback of the general banking area of the Mercantile Bank Limited, Main Branch. The Bank provides only some traditional limited services to its client. As a result the bank is falling behind in competition.
  • They are not using Data Base Networking in Information Technology (IT) Department. So they have to transfer data from branch to branch and branch to head office by using floppy disk and sure it is not a good system.
  • In case of opening an account some big parties are come to open accounts in reference with the high officials of the bank. They do not submit all papers that required opening an account and in future they do not feel any urge to submit those papers, but already they become accounts holders. I think in this case the authority is violating the rule.
  • According to some clients opinion introducer is one of the problems to open an account. If a person who is new of the city wants to open account, it is a problem for him/her to arrange an introducer of SB or CD accounts holder.

Credit or Loan Department

  • Political influence is one of the major problems in Bangladesh. Due to political intervention the bank becomes obliged to provide loans in most of the cases, which are rarely recovered. Bank has to face this in convenience situation almost every year.
  • The loans and advance department takes a long time to process a loan because the process of sanctioning loan is done manually.
  • Sometimes the employee to unlawfully help the client deliberately overvalues the securities taken against the loan. As a result if the client fails to repay the loan, the bank authority cannot collect even the principal money invested by the selling those assets. It is also a very important factor that leads to loan default.
  • CIB report is not readily available from Bangladesh Bank.

Foreign Exchange Department

  • In foreign exchange department it is required to communicate with foreign banks frequently and quickly. To make the process easily modern communication media for example e-mil, Fax and win fax, Internet etc. should be used. But the bank has not so much practice of using these media. Even they have no any internet connection. They maintain their online banking only within their branch.
  • Modern technical equipment such as computer is not sufficient in foreign exchange department. As a result the exchange process makes delay and it is also complicated.

 

Observation

Observation part is only applicable to the Mercantile Bank Limited, Main Branch, Dhaka. Some of the observations are not mentioned here rather it has given as recommendation directly.

Banking observationThe bank has sufficient deposit to provide long term advances in the industrial sector.

The bank has enough IT section. So the maintenance of computer is very sound and the bank has many permanent personnel for that purpose, hence it is bearing a large monthly expense in this regard.

General observationThe manager of branch is a very dynamic person and he is doing management by walking. He is well capable of handling a branch in an efficient and effective manner.

In Main Branch of MBL, I have observed that the average age of the employees is near about “38”.

Most of the employees are experienced banker.

Most of the employees are familiar with computer.

Few employees are not highly committed to their job.

In Main Branch of MBL, I saw cordial relation among the employees do not exists.

The decoration of the branch is not competitive.

 

Recommendations

At the time of my internship program, I have worked with three departments of Mercantile Bank Limited, Main Branch. But this report is prepared focusing on General Banking Department, because out of three months I worked here two months and twenty days. The main task of General Banking Department is deal with account opening section, local remittance section, deposit schemes section, accounts section, clearing section, collection section, and cash section. Each of the aspects has been described in this report.

I have the practical experience in MBL for three months, with my little experience in the bank with vast and complex banking system; it is very difficult for me to recommend. I have observed some shortcomings regarding operational activities of the bank. On the basis of my observation, I would like to recommend the following suggestions:

  • Though the performance of general customer service is good, and their employees are well trained but shortage of employees and lack of space, employees cannot provide better service to the customer. So the authority ensuring this facility to provide good customer service, which will bring effectiveness of the bank’s operation.
  • In General Banking Department it is necessary to implement modern banking process instead of traditional system. It should be more computerized.
  • As the clients are not in favor of introducing system, if possible the rule of introducing to open an account should be changed. Because many people face in problem to arrange an introducer in the time of opening accounts.
  • The loan sanction process should be easier that the clients can feel convenient to take loan from the bank.
  • To make exchange process more prompt the authority should use modern communication system such as e-mail, win fax, Internet etc. Foreign exchange department should be fully computerized that the exchange process would be convenient for both the bankers and the clients.
  • Bank should offer more facilities to the customers such as credit card, visa card, ATM machine etc.
  • As soon as possible the bank should be established more ATM booth in Dhaka city as well as the other cities of the country.
  • Authority should recruit sophisticate technology for conducting SMS Banking services.
  • Now a day’s world is going very fast. Now most of the banks open online customer service system. So in order to compete in the world market they should adopt online customer service system.
  • In addition with the present services they should include more services. It is immediately needed to provide more services to the customer in order to compete in the market.
  • One of the business strategies is promotion. Successful business depends on how they can promote their products or services to the customer. In this connection to improve the business status bank should introduce more promotional programs.
  • The bank should take attempt to increase its existing share into the share market by issuing primary shares to capitalize more money and invest thereafter by expanding the number of branches around the city.
  • As soon as possible the bank should start more branches in Dhaka city as well as the other cities of the country.
  • The recruitment process of the bank is very lengthy and expensive. The bank should reduce the cost and select the employee by restructuring the lengthy process.
  • To provide quality service to the customer it is necessary to have a trained team. For this reason the bank should recruit fresher, energetic, and bright persons such as MBA, BBA, and MBM etc. graduate.
  • The bank has a provision for internship program, but it is not well organized. Although the officials are very careful and cooperative with the interns, the authority should be more structured. If they can properly make them trained it will be very fruitful to recruit them. Because they learn overall banking in the internship period, so in the beginning of the job they can work as experienced persons. It is also very important that they should give an honorarium to the intern.

 

Conclusion

A bank is an economic institution whose main aim is to earn profit through exchange of money and credit instruments. It is a service oriented as well as profit oriented organization. To perform those two functions simultaneously, the bank divides its operations mainly in three parts- General Banking, Loan and Advances, and Foreign Exchange. Bank also invests their money into different financial securities and also in different types of project to diversify the risk and getting more profit.

The Banking sector in any country plays an important role in economic activities. Bangladesh is no exception of that. As because it’s financial development and economic development are closely related, that’s why the private commercial banks are playing significant role in this regard. This report focused and analyzed on General Banking performance or we can say operational performance of Mercantile Bank Limited, Main Branch.

Mercantile Bank Limited is a new bank in Bangladesh but its contribution in socio-economic prospect of Bangladesh has the greater significance. Total deposit of MBL Branch was Tk.39,348.00 million as on end of December 2007, whereas total Loans & Advances were Tk. 37,877.86 million. Here we observe its deposit figure is not so strong, so the bank should take necessary action for increasing deposit promptly. MBL should offer special deposit scheme with higher benefits, which is a keen need for long-term position in financial market. Because of the entrance of more banks in the financial market, deposits will be extended over. So it is high time to hold some permanent customers by offering special deposit scheme otherwise in future amount of deposit may come down. To strengthen the future prospect of branch, it is significant to collect more deposit. Comparably the MBL’s local remittance is less than the other banks because of less number of branches. MBL should extend its branches to become a sustainable financial institution in this country. Main Branch of MBL has been able to maintain its recovery position in sector-wise credit financing is up to the satisfactory level. At last it should give more emphasis in this sector acquires more profit.