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Report on Credit Risk Management Policy of National Bank Ltd
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Introduction

  1.1 Origin of the Report:

BBA academic program is the building up to the theoretical knowledge about business administration. Which is the base of practical knowledge. One semester internship program is an attempt to provide business students an orientation to a real life business situation in which we can observe and evaluate the use and applicability of the theoretical concepts, which were taught in the classroom. As a student of business administration, I preferred to complete my internship program in a Financial Institution like Bank. Then I got a chance to complete the program in a leading private commercial bank; “The National Bank Limited.” My internship topic is “Policies and Practice of Credit Management in National Bank” and it was assigned to me by the Head Office of The National Bank LTD.It was a challenge for me to complete a report on such an important topic. But I have completed this report successfully thanks to continuous supervision of my academic supervision Ms. Farjana Afrin

1.2     Background of the study

This report has been prepared based on one selected listed Bank in Bangladesh. This report has been prepared based on the information of this bank. All information is secondary and collected from Internet, Brochures, annual report etc. Based on this information ratio has been calculated. For the calculation of ratio has been calculated to measure the current position of the Bank. At the same time compare with the market performance.

 1.3 Objective of the study:

The objective of the report is to provide a general description of the traditional banking and an exposure of the banking environment of Bangladesh. It also provides an exposure of practices of different banking activities of NBL, LOCAL OFFICE. Observing the existing rules for banking and fulfilling the partial requirement of MBM program is another objective of the report.

I have completed my internship program in National Bank Ltd. And this report is about this bank. As one of the main objectives of internship is to gather job experience, I have tried to put some of the experiences that I have learnt from my internship in this report.

1.3.1 Primary Objective:

Primary objective of this report is to measure and analyze the operational and financial performance of National Bank Ltd.

  To acquaint with day–to–day functioning of service oriented banking business;

  To have practical exposure in banks that will help a lot to understand the future courses of the program

  To be familiar with day to day functioning and service offered by a commercial bank.

  To observe and analyze the performance of the specific branch and the bank as a whole.

  To make a bridge between the theories and practices on banking operations.

  To know about the international trade financing activities.

 To find out the internal and external lacking in the daily operation that would help to National  Bank Limited for more progress.

1.3.2 The specific objectives of this report are –

 To present an overview of National Bank Ltd.

  To appraise the performance of National Bank Ltd.

  To apprise financial performance of National Bank Ltd.

  To identify the problems of National Bank Ltd.

  To recommend/ remedial measures of the development of National bank Ltd.

1.4 Scope of the study:

The report covers all the best possible ways of fuming efficient information. In my report I have tried at my level best to describe each and every function elaborately.

 

1.5 Source of information:

Information collected to furnish this report is both from primary and secondary in nature.   I collected primary information by direct conversation with the credit officers. Sources of secondary information were Annual Report of National Bank. I also studied different books on Finance and Credit and searched through Internet for more information.

1.6 Methodology Of The Report

Methodology includes direct observation, face-to-face discussion with employees of different departments, study of files, circulars, etc. and practical work. In preparing this report, both primary and secondary sources of information have been used.

For collecting primary data, I had to ask the respective officer(s). Others are like –

 Direct communication with the clients;

  Exposure on different desk of the bank;

  File study.

The secondary sources are –

Annual Report of National Bank Ltd.;

Periodicals published by the Bangladesh Bank;

Different publications regarding banking functions, foreign exchange operation, and credit policies

I worked in the Mirpur Branch of National Bank Ltd. That is why the report has been prepared in the light of the functioning of the Mirpur  Branch of IBBL.Both the Secondary and Primary Sources have been used to collect data for this research paper.

 

1.7 Limitations of the report:

 To prepare the internship I encountered some limitations. The limitations are given below-

  Limitation of time was a major constraint in making a complete study, due to time limitation.

  It was too limited to cover all the banking area. Many aspects could not be discussed in the present study.

  Lack of comprehension of the respondents was the major problem that created a lot of confusion regarding verification of conceptual question.

  Another limitation of this report is Bank’s policy of not disclosing some data and information for obvious reason, which could be very much useful.

  As being an intern, it also created some problems as I was unable to acquire hands-on-experience in all the departments, due to the bank’s policy of maintaining secrecy and also because I did not get the opportunity in all the departments.

 An Overview of the National Bank Limited

2.1 Profile of National Bank Ltd:

The National Bank Limited (NBL) has a prolonged and glorious heritage in the banking industry in Bangladesh. It is the pioneer in the local private commercial was inaugurated on March 1983 under the supervision of Bangladesh Bank. A glorious fact of the National Bank Limited is its approval as first private commercial bank from Bangladesh Bank in our country.

Economic development activities in the post liberation period required service from private commercial Banks. To fulfill this demand as well as to improve the commercial banking   ser-vice in Bangladesh, the National Bank Limited emerged as a private limited company. The National Bank Limited is a remarkable addition to the private sector branch banking in Bangladesh. Aiming at offering commercial banking service to the customer’s door around the country, the National Bank Limited established 105 branches up to this year. This is the highest number for any private commercial bank operating in Bangladesh. This organization achieve customer’s confidence immediately its establishment in domestic and international markets.

NBL took participation in Nepal Arab Bank Limited, Nepal in 1995.Under a technical service agreement; NBL is extending management services to NBIL, in 1997. Bank opened a representative office in Yangoon, Myanmar. NBL is proud to be, first private Bank in Bangladesh who introduce credit card (Master Card) both local and international. The Bank has made agreement with Western Union Remittance services for speedy transfer of money allover the world.

The National Bank limited provides financing in capital market, Credit line and project financing, investment counseling, Underwriting any guarantee, Port folio management etc along with traditional banking service, Sanchay Prokalpo and Bonus Deposit scheme are- – praiseworthy banking service for the middle and lower income group. Recently, this organization has taken operational decision of two projects: Consumer Credit scheme and Credit Card marketing to widen its service and customer base. The National Bank Limited is always emphasizing the improvement of banking service and betterment of living standard of the general people of Bangladesh.

2.2 Vision:

Ensuring highest standard of clientele services through best application of latest information technology, making due contribution to the national economy and establishing ourselves firmly at home and abroad as a front ranking bank of the country are our cherished vision.

 

2.3 Mission:

 

Efforts for expansion of our activities at home and abroad by adding new dimension to our banking services are being continued unabated. Alongside, we are also putting highest priority in ensuring transparency, accountability, and improved clientele services as well as to our commitment to serve the society, through which we want to get closer and closer to the people of all strata. Winning an everlasting seat in the heart of the people as a caring companion in uplifting the national economic standard through continuous up gradation and diversification of our clientele services in line with national and international requirements is the desired goal we want to reach.

2.4 Commitments:

In Serving CustomersIn Serving the Bank

 

In Carrying Ourselves at Work

 

q  Customer-first

q  Quality-focus

q  Credibility & secrecy

q  Loyalty

q  Total commitment & dedication

q  Excellence through teamwork

 

q  Discipline

q  Honesty & Integrity

q  Sincerity

q  Caring

q  Creativity

                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5 Organization structure:

Functional oriented structure Organization structure plays an important role on the profitability of any organization. National bank limited is a centralized organization and operates in a. That is, its activities are designed on the basis of traditional banking business, such as credit, international division, investment, administration, and operation etc. NBL has A formal organizational structure that is highly specialized and centralized.

Organizational setup of the National bank Limited is consisting of three organizational domains. Firstly the central top management, which contains Board of Directors, Managing Director, Additional Managing Director and Deputy Managing director, Major responsibilities of this are to take central decision and transmit it to the second step. Secondly, Central executive level management, which contains executive vice president, senior vice president, vice president and Assistant vice president. Major responsibilities of this part are to supervise and control division/ department. Thirdly, branch operation management, which contains branch manager and other mid/ lower level management. Major responsibilities of this part are to the 75 branches of this bank and report to the Head office from time to time.

2.6 Management structure of National Bank Ltd.

In 2001 National Bank Limited made commendable progress in all business, like deposit, credit, fund management, investment, foreign remittance, credit card & foreign exchange related business. Bank has expended business activities as holding previously & parallel by diversification its investment to a new product.  As a major financier remarkable portion of total exports of the country. The total assets of the bank were Tk.  48732.1 million as on 31st December 2001, which is higher than Tk. 1584.02 million than the previous year. This is the sign of good management. The management processes are as follows:

2.6.1 Planning:

The strategic planning approach in NBL is top-down. Top management formulates strategy at the corporate level, and then it is transmitted through the division to the individual objectives. Board of directors or Executive committee usually takes the decision. In this process lower level manager are detached in making process, even brainstorming of lower level manager is absent in decision-making and planning process.

 2.6.2 Organize:

 Organizing of the National Bank Limited is based on Departmentalization. The organization is divided into twelve departments headed by Executive vice President or Senior Vice President. In the National Bank Limited the whole operation is centralized and authority is delegated by written guidelines. These guidelines are:

Operational manual approved by Head Office, where each aspect or banking operation is elaborately defined.

  Advance manual including advances limit for different management level.

  Bad and doubtful recovery manual.

  Code of conduct.

  Foreign banking guidelines.

  Central bank directives.

  Different management position holders in departments and branches practice their authorized power in different cases with administrative loophole.

2.6.3 Staffing:

Entry-level recruitment process of the National Bank Limited is conducted in three ways.   One way is recruitment of probationary officer. Each probationary officer has one-year probation period. After completion of probation period the officer joins as officer grade III (b). The career path of probationary officer is headed toward different management positions. Second way of recruitment is to recruit non-probationary officer who joins as an assistant officer. The career path of an assistant officer is lengthier than probationary officer. The third way of recruitment is recruitment of staff and sub-staff such as typist, messenger, driver, guard, attendant, cleaner and other lower level positions. Promotion policy of NBL is basically based on seniority basis. Sometimes, employees are promoted to the higher position for their outstanding performance. However, it is found that the average length of a position held by an employee is around five years.

 

2.6.4 Controlling

The bank has strict control over its all-organizational activities. The Bangladesh Bank directives indicate some control measures. The central bank conducts credit inspection by a team. The National Bank Limited has audit and inspection department to take controlling measures in internal operations. Audit and inspection team send to the branches now and then and is responsible for preparing report that will be submitted to the chief Administration to take necessary actions.

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Organ gram of NBL

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Hierarchy of the Bank:

 

CHAIRMAN

CHAIRMAN

M D

D M D

E V P

S V P

V P

A V P

Officer Gr.-I

Officer Gr.-II

Officer Gr.-III

 

Officer Gr.-IIIA

Officer Gr.-IIIB

Junior Officer

Staff

2.6.5 Division of NBL

q  Audit & Inspection Division.

q  ATM Card Division

q  Board Secretariat

q  Budget & Monitoring Division.

q  Credit Division-1.

q  Credit Division. -2.

q  Credit Card Division.

q  Classified Loan Recovery Division.

q  Financial Administration Division.

q  General Banking Division.

q  Human Resources Division.

q  International Division.

q  Information System & Technology Division.

q  Law & Recovery Division.

q  Marketing Division.

q  Merchant Banking Division.

q  Public Relations Division.

q  Protocol Division.

q  Reconciliation Division.

q  System & Operations

 2.6.6 Introducing the branch:

National Bank Babu Bazar Branch is one of the largest branches of NBL is located in  It started its function in the year 1987.

Presently there are 35 employees in this branch as of 20.09.1999, which includes

One SVP, 1 AVPs, 3 SPOs, 4 Pos, 18 Officers, 5 SOs,  4 Officers, One assistant and others are messengers, tellers, typist and security guards.

 

2.7 Deposit Products of NBL:

q  Current Deposit.

q  Savings Banks Deposits.

q  Short Term Deposit.

q  Monthly Savings Scheme (MSS).

q  NBL Monthly Scheme.

q  Special Deposits Scheme (SDS).

q  Fixed Deposits.

q  Sundry Deposits.

q  Foreign Currency Deposits.

q  Exporter’s FC A/C (RETN QUOTA).

q  Resident Foreign Currency Deposit (RECD).

   Deposit product of NBL:

Special Deposit SchemeShort-Term-Deposit (STD):Current Deposits (CD A/c)Monthly Savings Scheme

 

Fixed Deposits (FD)

 

For most of the people on fixed income the opportunity to supplement their monthly earning is a golden one. And NBL Special Deposit Scheme gives a customer just that.

Under this scheme, customers can deposit money for a term of 5 years. The deposited money is fully refundable at the expiry of the term. At the same time, during the term period they can enjoy a monthly profit corresponding to their deposited amount. As for instance, under this scheme a deposit of Tk.55, 000/- gives a monthly income of Tk.500/-.

 

Short Term Deposit or STD Account Opening procedure is similar to that of the current account. The rate of interest on this type of account is 5%. Withdrawals from this type of account require a prior notice of seven days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Deposits (CD A/c) is a running A/c where a customer can draw, money frequently/continuously. Funds of CD A/c shall be payable on demand. Bank does not allow any interests on CD A/c. CD A/c is generally opened by Business men, Public Institutions, Corporate Bodies & other organizations who want to operate his A/c numerously& frequently.

National Bank Limited provides the following types of current account:

q  Current account for individual (There must be a nominee)

q  Joint, current account (There must be a nominee)

q  Proprietorship current account: It may be CD A/c (Current Proprietor A/c)

 

This scheme is specially designed for the benefit of the limited, income group members. This helps to accrue small monthly savings into significant sum at the end of the term. So, after the expiry of the term period the depositor will have a sizeable amount to relish on.

 

   Fixed Deposits (FD A/c) shall be opened for a longer period such as 3 (three) months to 3 (three) years or more. Generally who wants to invest his money safely can open FD A/c. The interest of FD A/c is negotiable & it depends on the volume of deposit and period. At present, our branch is allowing interest from 8% to 10.25% in FD A/c. It may be noted that no introduction is necessary to open FD A/c & The FDR is not negotiable instrument & cannot be transferred by endorsement.

 

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2.8 Loan Products of NBL:

q  Secured Overdraft (SOD)

q  Investment against Imported Merchandise (LIM)

q  Investment against Trust Receipt (LTR)

q  Payment Against Document (PAD)

q  HouseBuilding Investment

q  House Building Investment (staff)

q  Term Investment.

q  Investment (general)

q  Bank Guarantee

q  10. Export Cash Credit

q  11. Cash Credit (Hypo)

q  12. Cash Credit (Hypo)

q  13. Foreign Documentary Bill Purchase (FDBP)

q  14. Local Documentary Bill Purchase (LDBP)

General Discussion on Credit Risk Management

 3.1 Defining Risk:

3.1.1 For the purpose of these guidelines financial risk in banking organization is possibility that the outcome of an action or event could bring up adverse impacts. Such outcomes could either result in a direct loss of earnings / capital or may result in imposition of constraints on bank’s ability to meet its business objectives. Such constraints pose a risk as these could hinder a bank’s ability to conduct its ongoing business or to take benefit of opportunities to enhance its business.

3.1.2 Regardless of the sophistication of the measures, banks often distinguish between expected and unexpected losses. Expected losses are those that the bank knows with reasonable certainty will occur (e.g., the expected default rate of corporate loan portfolio or credit card portfolio) and are typically reserved for in some manner. Unexpected losses are those associated with unforeseen events (e.g. losses experienced by banks in the aftermath of nuclear tests, Losses due to a sudden down turn in economy or falling interest rates). Banks rely on their capital as a buffer to absorb such losses.

3.1.3 Risks are usually defined by the adverse impact on profitability of several distinct sources of uncertainty. While the types and degree of risks an organization may be exposed to depend upon a number of factors such as its size, complexity business activities, volume etc, it is believed that generally the banks face Credit, Market, Liquidity, Operational, Compliance / legal / regulatory and reputation risks. Before overarching these risk categories, given below are some basics about risk Management and some guiding principles to manage risks in banking organization.

3.2 Risk Management.

3.2.1 Risk Management is a discipline at the core of every financial institution and encompasses all the activities that affect its risk profile. It involves identification, measurement, monitoring and controlling risks to ensure that

a) The individuals who take or manage risks clearly understand it.

b) The organization’s Risk exposure is within the limits established by Board of Directors.

c) Risk taking Decisions are in line with the business strategy and objectives set by BOD.

d) The expected payoffs compensate for the risks taken

e) Risk taking decisions are explicit and clear.

f) Sufficient capital as a buffer is available to take risk

3.2.2 The acceptance and management of financial risk is inherent to the business of banking and banks’ roles as financial intermediaries. Risk management as commonly perceived does not mean minimizing risk; rather the goal of risk management is to optimize risk-reward trade -off. Notwithstanding the fact that banks are in the business of taking risk, it should be recognized that an institution need not engage in business in a manner that unnecessarily imposes risk upon it: nor it should absorb risk that can be transferred to other participants. Rather it should accept those risks that are uniquely part of the array of bank’s services.

 3.2.3 In every financial institution, risk management activities broadly take place simultaneously at following different hierarchy levels.

a) Strategic level: It encompasses risk management functions performed by senior management and BOD. For instance definition of risks, ascertaining institutions risk appetite, formulating strategy and policies for managing risks and establish adequate systems and controls to ensure that overall risk remain within acceptable level and the reward compensate for the risk taken.

b) Macro Level: It encompasses risk management within a business area or across business lines. Generally the risk management activities performed by middle management or units devoted to risk reviews fall into this category.

 

c) Micro Level: It involves ‘On-the-line’ risk management where risks are actually created. This is the risk management activities performed by individuals who take risk on organization’s behalf such as front office and loan origination functions. The risk management in those areas is confined to following operational procedures and guidelines set by management.

3.2.4 Expanding business arenas, deregulation and globalization of financial activities emergence of new financial products and increased level of competition has necessitated a need for an effective and structured risk management in financial institutions. A bank’s ability to measure, monitor, and steer risks comprehensively is becoming a decisive parameter for its strategic positioning.

The risk management framework and sophistication of the process, and internal controls, used to manage risks, depends on the nature, size and complexity of institutions activities. Nevertheless, there are some basic principles that apply to all financial institutions irrespective of their size and complexity of business and are reflective of the strength of an individual bank’s risk management practices.

3.3 Board and Senior Management oversight.

a) To be effective, the concern and tone for risk management must start at the top. While the overall responsibility of risk management rests with the BOD, it is the duty of senior management to transform strategic direction set by board in the shape of policies and procedures and to institute an effective hierarchy to execute and implement those policies. To

ensure that the policies are consistent with the risk tolerances of shareholders the same should Be approved from board.

 

b) The formulation of policies relating to risk management only would not solve the purpose unless these are clear and communicated down the line. Senior management has to ensure that these policies are embedded in the culture of organization. Risk tolerances relating to quantifiable risks are generally communicated as limits or sub-limits to those who accept risks on behalf of organization. However not all risks are quantifiable. Qualitative risk measures could be communicated as guidelines and inferred from management business decisions.

 

c) To ensure that risk taking remains within limits set by senior management/BOD, any material exception to the risk management policies and tolerances should be reported to the senior management/board that in turn must trigger appropriate corrective measures. These exceptions also serve as an input to judge the appropriateness of systems and procedures relating to risk management.

 

d) To keep these policies in line with significant changes in internal and external environment, BOD is expected to review these policies and make appropriate changes as and when deemed necessary. While a major change in internal or external factor may require frequent review, in absence of any uneven circumstances it is expected that BOD re-evaluate these policies every year.

 

3.4 Risk Management Framework:

3.4.1 A risk management framework encompasses the scope of risks to be managed, the process/systems and procedures to manage risk and the roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in risk management. The framework should be comprehensive enough to capture all risks a bank is exposed to and have flexibility to accommodate any change in business activities. An effective risk management framework includes

 

a) Clearly defined risk management policies and procedures covering risk identification, acceptance, measurement, monitoring, reporting and control.

b) A well constituted organizational structure defining clearly roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in risk taking as well as managing it. Banks, in addition to risk management functions for various risk categories may institute a setup that supervises overall Risk management at the bank. Such a setup could be in the form of a separate department or bank’s Risk Management Committee (RMC) could perform such function. The structure should be such that ensures effective monitoring and control over risks being taken. The individuals responsible for review function (Risk review, internal audit, compliance etc) should be independent from risk taking units and report directly to board or senior management who are also not involved in risk taking.

c) There should be an effective management information system that ensures flow of information from operational level to top management and a system to address any exceptions observed. There should be an explicit procedure regarding measures to be taken to address such deviations.

d) The framework should have a mechanism to ensure an ongoing review of systems, policies and procedures for risk management and procedure to adopt changes.

 

3.5 Integration of Risk Management

Risks must not be viewed and assessed in isolation, not only because a single transaction might have a number of risks but also one type of risk can trigger other risks. Since interaction of various risks could result in diminution or increase in risk, the risk management process should recognize and reflect risk interactions in all business activities as appropriate. While assessing and managing risk the management should have an overall view of risks the institution is exposed to. This requires having a structure in place to look at risk interrelationships across the organization.

 

 3.6 Business Line Accountability

In every banking organization there are people who are dedicated to risk management activities, such as risk review, internal audit etc. It must not be construed that risk management is something to be performed by a few individuals or a department. Business lines are equally responsible for the risks they are taking. Because line personnel, more than anyone else, understand the risks of the business, such a lack of accountability can lead to problems.

3.7 Risk Evaluation/Measurement.

Until and unless risks are not assessed and measured it will not be possible to control risks. Further a true assessment of risk gives management a clear view of institution’s standing and helps in deciding future action plan. To adequately capture institutions risk exposure, risk measurement should represent aggregate exposure of institution both risk type and business line and encompass short run as well as long run impact on institution. To the maximum possible extent institutions should establish systems / models that quantify their risk profile, however, in some risk categories such as operational risk, quantification is quite difficult and complex. Wherever it is not possible to quantify risks, qualitative measures should be adopted to capture those risks.

Whilst quantitative measurement systems support effective decision-making, better measurement does not obviate the need for well-informed, qualitative judgment. Consequently the importance of staff having relevant knowledge and expertise cannot be undermined. Finally any risk measurement framework, especially those which employ quantitative techniques/model, is only as good as its underlying assumptions, the rigor and robustness of its analytical methodologies, the controls surrounding data inputs and its appropriate application

 

3.8 Independent review

One of the most important aspects in risk management philosophy is to make sure that those who take or accept risk on behalf of the institution are not the ones who measure, monitor and evaluate the risks. Again the managerial structure and hierarchy of risk review function may vary across banks depending upon their size and nature of the business, the key is independence. To be effective the review functions should have sufficient authority, expertise and corporate stature so that the identification and reporting of their findings could be accomplished without any hindrance. The findings of their reviews should be reported to business units, Senior Management and, where appropriate, the Board.

3.10 Managing Credit Risk:

Credit risk arises from the potential that an obligor is either unwilling to perform on an obligation or its ability to perform such obligation is impaired resulting in economic loss to the bank.

 

3.10.1 In a bank’s portfolio, losses stem from outright default due to inability or unwillingness of a customer or counter party to meet commitments in relation to lending, trading, settlement and other financial transactions. Alternatively losses may result from reduction in portfolio value due to actual or perceived deterioration in credit quality. Credit risk emanates from a bank’s dealing with individuals, corporate, financial institutions or a sovereign. For most banks, loans are the largest and most obvious source of credit risk; however, credit risk could stem from activities both on and off balance sheet.

3.10.2 In addition to direct accounting loss, credit risk should be viewed in the context of economic exposures. This encompasses opportunity costs, transaction costs and expenses associated with a non-performing asset over and above the accounting loss.

3.10.3 Credit risk can be further sub-categorized on the basis of reasons of default.

For instance the default could be due to country in which there is exposure or problems in settlement of a transaction.

 3.10.4 Credit risk not necessarily occurs in isolation. The same source that endangers credit risk for the institution may also expose it to other risk. For instance a bad portfolio may attract liquidity problem.

 3.11 Components of credit risk management

A typical Credit risk management framework in a financial institution may be broadly categorized into following main components.

q  Board and senior Management’s Oversight

q  Organizational structure

q  Systems and procedures for identification, acceptance, measurement, monitoring and control risks.

 3.12 Board and Senior Management’s Oversight

 3.12.1 It is the overall responsibility of bank’s Board to approve bank’s credit risk strategy and significant policies relating to credit risk and its management which should be based on the bank’s overall business strategy. To keep it current, the overall strategy has to be reviewed by the board, preferably annually. The responsibilities of the Board with regard to credit risk management shall, include:

  Delineate bank’s overall risk tolerance in relation to credit risk.

 Ensure that bank’s overall credit risk exposure is maintained at prudent levels and consistent with the available capital

   Ensure that top management as well as individuals responsible for credit risk management possesses sound expertise and knowledge to accomplish the risk management function.

  Ensure that the bank implements sound fundamental principles that facilitate the identification, measurement, monitoring and control of credit risk.

   Ensure that appropriate plans and procedures for credit risk management are in place.

3.12.2 The very first purpose of bank’s credit strategy is to determine the risk appetite of the   bank. Once it is determined the bank could develop a plan to optimize return while keeping credit risk within predetermined limits. The bank’s credit risk strategy thus should spell out.

  The institution’s plan to grant credit based on various client segments and products, economic sectors, geographical location, currency and maturity.

  Target market within each lending segment, preferred level of diversification/concentration.

 Pricing strategy.

3.12.3 It is essential that banks give due consideration to their target market while devising credit risk strategy. The credit procedures should aim to obtain an in-depth understanding of the bank’s clients, their credentials & their businesses in order to fully know their customers.

 3.12.4 The strategy should provide continuity in approach and take into account cyclic aspect of country’s economy and the resulting shifts in composition and quality of overall credit portfolio. While the strategy would be reviewed periodically and amended, as deemed necessary, it should be viable in long term and through various economic cycles.

3.12.5 The senior management of the bank should develop and establish credit policies and credit administration procedures as a part of overall credit risk management framework and get those approved from board. Such policies and procedures shall provide guidance to the staff on various types of lending including corporate, SME, consumer, agriculture, etc. At minimum the policy should include.

q  Detailed and formalized credit evaluation/ appraisal process.

q  Credit approval authority at various hierarchy levels including authority for approving exceptions.

q  Risk identification, measurement, monitoring and control.

q  Risk acceptance criteria.

q  Credit origination and credit administration and loan documentation procedures.

q  Roles and responsibilities of units/staff involved in origination and management of credit.

q  Guidelines on management of problem loans.

3.12.6 In order to be effective these policies must be clear and communicated down the line. Further any significant deviation/exception to these policies must be communicated to the top management/board and corrective measures should be taken. It is the responsibility of senior management to ensure effective implementation of these policies.

 

3.13 Organizational Structure:

 3.13.1

To maintain bank’s overall credit risk exposure within the parameters set by the board of directors, the importance of a sound risk management structure is second to none. While the banks may choose different structures, it is important that such structure should be commensurate with institution’s size, complexity and diversification of its activities. It must facilitate effective management oversight and proper execution of credit risk management and control processes.

3.13.2

Each bank, depending upon its size, should constitute a Credit Risk Management Committee (CRMC), ideally comprising of head of credit risk management Department, credit department and treasury. This committee reporting to bank’s risk management committee should be empowered to oversee credit risk taking activities and overall credit risk management function. The CRMC should be mainly responsible for,

  The implementation of the credit risk policy / strategy approved by the Board.

   Monitor credit risk on a bank-wide basis and ensure compliance with limits approved by the Board.

   Recommend to the Board, for its approval, clear policies on standards for presentation of credit proposals, financial covenants, rating standards and benchmarks.

   Decide delegation of credit approving powers, prudential limits on large credit exposures, standards for loan collateral, portfolio management, loan review mechanism, risk concentrations, risk monitoring and evaluation, pricing of loans, provisioning, regulatory/legal compliance, etc.

3.13.3 Further, to maintain credit discipline and to enunciate credit risk management and control process there should be a separate function independent of loan origination function. Credit policy formulation, credit limit setting, monitoring of credit exceptions / exposures and review /monitoring of documentation are functions that should be performed independently of the loan origination function. For small banks where it might not be feasible to establish such structural hierarchy, there should be adequate compensating measures to maintain credit discipline introduce adequate checks and balances and standards to address potential conflicts of interest. Ideally, the banks should institute a Credit Risk Management Department (CRMD). Typical functions of CRMD include:

 

  To follow a holistic approach in management of risks inherent in banks portfolio and ensure the risks remain within the boundaries established by the Board or Credit Risk Management Committee.

q  The department also ensures that business lines comply with risk parameters and prudential limits established by the Board or CRMC.

q  Establish systems and procedures relating to risk identification, Management Information System, monitoring of loan / investment portfolio quality and early warning.

The department would work out remedial measure when deficiencies/problems are identified.

q  The Department should undertake portfolio evaluations and conduct comprehensive studies on the environment to test the resilience of the loan portfolio.

3.13.4 Not with standing the need for a separate or independent oversight, the front office or loan origination function should be cognizant of credit risk, and maintain high level of credit discipline and standards in pursuit of business opportunities.

 3.14 Systems and Procedures

3.14.1Credit Origination

q  Banks must operate within a sound and well-defined criteria for new credits as well as the expansion of existing credits. Credits should be extended within the target markets and lending strategy of the institution. Before allowing a credit facility, the bank must make an assessment of risk profile of the customer/transaction. This may include,

a) Credit assessment of the borrower’s industry, and macro economic factors.

b) The purpose of credit and source of repayment.

c) The track record / repayment history of borrower.

d) Assess/evaluate the repayment capacity of the borrower.

e) The Proposed terms and conditions and covenants.

f) Adequacy and enforceability of collaterals.

g) Approval from appropriate authority.

  In case of new relationships consideration should be given to the integrity and repute of the borrowers or counter party as well as its legal capacity to assume the liability. Prior to entering into any new credit relationship the banks must become familiar with the borrower or counter party and be confident that they are dealing with individual or organization of sound repute and credit worthiness. However, a bank must not grant credit simply on the basis of the fact that the borrower is perceived to be highly reputable i.e. name lending should be discouraged.

  While structuring credit facilities institutions should appraise the amount and timing of the cash flows as well as the financial position of the borrower and intended

  Purpose of the funds. It is utmost important that due consideration should be given to the risk reward trade –off in granting a credit facility and credit should be priced to cover all embedded costs. Relevant terms and conditions should be laid down to protect the institution’s interest.

  Institutions have to make sure that the credit is used for the purpose it was borrowed. Where the obligor has utilized funds for purposes not shown in the original proposal, institutions should take steps to determine the implications on creditworthiness. In case of corporate loans where borrower own group of companies such diligence becomes more important. Institutions should classify such connected companies and conduct credit assessment on consolidated/group basis.

  In loan syndication, generally the lead institution does most of the credit assessment and analysis. While such information is important, institutions should not over rely on that. All syndicate participants should perform their own independent analysis and review of syndicate terms.

 Institution should not over rely on collaterals / covenant. Although the importance of collaterals held against loan is beyond any doubt, yet these should be considered as a buffer providing protection in case of default, primary focus should be on obligor’s debt servicing ability and reputation in the market.

3.14.2Limit setting

q  An important element of credit risk management is to establish exposure limits for single obligors and group of connected obligors. Institutions are expected to develop their own limit structure while remaining within the exposure limits. The size of the limits should be based on the credit strength of the obligor, genuine requirement of credit, economic conditions and the institution’s risk tolerance. Appropriate limits should be set for respective products and activities. Institutions may establish limits for a specific industry, economic sector or geographic regions to avoid concentration risk.

q  Some times, the obligor may want to share its facility limits with its related companies. Institutions should review such arrangements and impose necessary limits if the transactions are frequent and significant

q  Credit limits should be reviewed regularly at least annually or more frequently if obligor’s credit quality deteriorates. All requests of increase in credit limits should be substantiated.

 

3.14.3 Credit Administration

Ongoing administration of the credit portfolio is an essential part of the credit process. Credit administration function is basically a back office activity that support and control extension and maintenance of credit. A typical credit administration unit performs following functions:

a. Documentation. It is the responsibility of credit administration to ensure completeness of documentation (loan agreements, guarantees, transfer of title of collaterals etc) in accordance with approved terms and conditions. Outstanding documents should be tracked and followed up to ensure execution and receipt.

b. Credit Disbursement. The credit administration function should ensure that the loan application has proper approval before entering facility limits into computer systems. Disbursement should be effected only after completion of covenants, and receipt of collateral holdings. In case of exceptions necessary approval should be obtained from competent authorities.

c. Credit monitoring. After the loan is approved and draw down allowed, the loan should be continuously watched over. These include keeping track of borrowers’ compliance with credit terms, identifying early signs of irregularity, conducting periodic valuation of collateral and monitoring timely repayments.

d. Loan Repayment. The obligors should be communicated ahead of time as and when the principal/markup installment becomes due. Any exceptions such as non-payment or late payment should be tagged and communicated to the management. Proper records and updates should also be made after receipt.

e. Maintenance of Credit Files. Institutions should devise procedural guidelines and standards for maintenance of credit files. The credit files not only include all correspondence with the borrower but should also contain sufficient information necessary to assess financial health of the borrower and its repayment performance. It need not mention that information should be filed in organized way so that external / internal auditors or SBP inspector could review it easily.

f. Collateral and Security Documents. Institutions should ensure that all security documents are kept in a fireproof safe under dual control. Registers for documents should be maintained to keep track of their movement. Procedures should also be established to track and review relevant insurance coverage for certain facilities/collateral. Physical checks on security documents should be conducted on a regular basis.

While in small Institutions it may not be cost effective to institute a separate credit administrative set-up, it is important that in such institutions individuals performing sensitive functions such as custody of key documents, wiring out funds, entering limits into system, etc., should report to managers who are independent of business origination and credit approval process.

3.14.4 Measuring credit risk

The measurement of credit risk is of vital importance in credit risk management.

A number of qualitative and quantitative techniques to measure risk inherent in credit portfolio are evolving. To start with, banks should establish a credit risk-rating framework across all type of credit activities. Among other things, the rating framework may, incorporate:

q  Business Risk

q  Industry Characteristics

q  Competitive Position (e.g. marketing/technological edge)

q  Management

q  Financial Risk

q  Financial condition

q  Profitability

q  Capital Structure

q  Present and future Cash flows

 

3.14.5 Internal Risk Rating:

Credit risk rating is summary indicator of a bank’s individual credit exposure. An internal rating system categorizes all credits into various classes on the basis of underlying credit quality. A well-structured credit rating framework is an important tool for monitoring and controlling risk inherent in individual credits as well as in credit portfolios of a bank or a business line. The importance of internal credit rating framework becomes more eminent due to the fact that historically major losses to banks stemmed from default in loan portfolios. While a number of banks already have a system for rating individual credits in addition to the risk categories prescribed by SBP, all banks are encouraged to devise an internal rating framework. An internal rating framework would facilitate banks in a number of ways such as,

q  Credit selection.

q  Amount of exposure.

q  Tenure and price of facility.

q  Frequency or intensity of monitoring.

3.14.6 The Architecture of Internal Rating System:

The decision to deploy any risk rating architecture for credits depends upon two basic aspects,

a) The Loss Concept and the number and meaning of grades on the rating continuum corresponding to each loss concept.

b) Whether to rate a borrower on the basis of ‘point in time philosophy’ or ‘through the cycle approach.

Besides there are other issues such as whether to include statutory grades in the scale, the type of rating scale i.e. alphabetical numerical or alphanumeric etc. SBP does not advocate any particular credit risk rating system; it should be banks own choice. However the system should commensurate with the size, nature and complexity of their business as well as possess flexibility to accommodate present and future risk profile of the bank, the anticipated level of diversification and sophistication in lending activities.

A rating system with large number of grades on rating scale becomes more expensive due to the fact that the cost of obtaining and analyzing additional information for fine gradation increases sharply. However, it is important that there should be sufficient gradations to permit accurate characterization of the under lying risk profile of a loan or a portfolio of loans

3.14.7 The Operating Design of Rating System:

As with the decision to grant credit, the assignment of ratings always involve element of human judgment. Even sophisticated rating models do not replicate experience and judgment rather these techniques help and reinforce subjective judgment. Banks thus design the operating flow of the rating process in a way that is aimed promoting the accuracy and consistency of the rating system while not unduly restricting the exercise of judgment. Key issues relating to the operating design of a rating system include what exposures to rate; the organization’s division of responsibility for grading; the nature of ratings review; the formality of the process and specificity of formal rating definitions.

 

3.14.8 What Exposures are rated? 

Ideally all the credit exposures of the bank should be assigned a risk rating. However given the element of cost, it might not be feasible for all banks to follow. The banks may decide on their own which exposure needs to be rated. The decision to rate a particular loan could be based on factors such as exposure amount, business line or both. Generally corporate and commercial exposures are subject to internal ratings and banks use scoring models for consumer / retail loans.

3.14.9 The Rating Process in Relation to Credit Approval and Review

Ratings are generally assigned /reaffirmed at the time of origination of a loan or its renewal /enhancement. The analysis supporting the ratings is inseparable from that required for credit appraisal. In addition the rating and loan analysis process while being separate are intertwined. The process of assigning a rating and its approval / confirmation goes along with the initiation of a credit proposal and its approval. Generally loan origination function (whether a relationship manager or credit staff) initiates a loan proposal and also allocates a

Specific rating. This proposal passes through the credit approval process and the rating is also approved or recalibrated simultaneously by approving authority. The revision in the ratings can be used to upgrade the rating system and related guidelines.

 3.14.10 How to Arrive at Rating

The assignment of a particular rating to an exposure is basically an abbreviation of its overall risk profile. Theoretically ratings are based upon the major risk factors and their intensity inherent in the business of the borrower as well as key parameters and their intensity to those risk factors. Major risk factors include borrowers financial condition, size, industry and position in the industry; the reliability of financial statements of the borrower; quality of management; elements of transaction structure such as covenants etc. A more detail on the subject would be beyond the scope of these guidelines, however a few important aspects are,

a) Banks may vary somewhat in the particular factors they consider and the weight they give to each factor.

 b) Since the rater and reviewer of rating should be following the same basic thought, to ensure uniformity in the assignment and review of risk grades, the credit policy should explicitly define each risk grade; lay down criteria to be fulfilled while assigning a particular grade, as well as the circumstances under which deviations from criteria can take place.

 c) The credit policy should also explicitly narrate the roles of different parties involved in the rating process.

d) The institution must ensure that adequate training is imparted to staff to ensure uniform ratings

e) Assigning a Rating is basically a judgmental exercise and the models, external ratings and written guidelines/benchmarks serve as input.

f) Institutions should take adequate measures to test and develop a risk rating system prior to adopting one. Adequate validation testing should be conducted during the design phase as well as over the life of the system to ascertain the applicability of the system to the institution’s portfolio.

Institutions that use sophisticated statistical models to assign ratings or to calculate probabilities of default, must ascertain the applicability of these models to their portfolios. Even when such statistical models are found to be satisfactory, institutions should not use the output of such models as the sole criteria for assigning ratings or determining the probabilities of default. It would be advisable to consider other relevant inputs as well.

 

3.14.11 Rating review

The rating review can be two-fold:

a) Continuous monitoring by those who assigned the rating. The Relationship Managers (RMs) generally have a close contact with the borrower and are expected to keep an eye on the financial stability of the borrower. In the event of any deterioration the ratings are immediately revised /reviewed.

 

b) Secondly the risk review functions of the bank or business lines also conduct periodical review of ratings at the time of risk review of credit portfolio.

  Risk ratings should be assigned at the inception of lending, and updated at least annually. Institutions should, however, review ratings as and when adverse events occur. A separate function independent of loan origination should review Risk ratings. As part of portfolio monitoring, institutions should generate reports on credit exposure by risk grade. Adequate trend and migration analysis should also be conducted to identify any deterioration in credit quality. Institutions may establish limits for risk grades to highlight concentration in particular rating bands. It is important that the consistency and accuracy of ratings is examined periodically by a function such as an independent credit review group.

   For consumer lending, institutions may adopt credit-scoring models for processing loan applications and monitoring credit quality. Institutions should apply the above principles in the management of scoring models. Where the model is relatively new, institutions should continue to subject credit applications to rigorous review until the model has stabilized.

 

3.15. Credit Risk Monitoring & Control

Credit risk monitoring refers to incessant monitoring of individual credits inclusive of Off-Balance sheet exposures to obligors as well as overall credit portfolio of the bank. Banks need to enunciate a system that enables them to monitor quality of the credit portfolio on day-to-day basis and take remedial measures as and when any deterioration occurs. Such a system would enable a bank to ascertain whether loans are being serviced as per facility terms, the adequacy of provisions, the overall risk profile is within limits established by management and compliance of regulatory limits. Establishing an efficient and effective credit monitoring system would help senior management to monitor the overall quality of the total credit portfolio and its trends. Consequently the management could fine tune or reassess its credit strategy policy accordingly before encountering any major setback. The banks credit policy should explicitly provide procedural guideline relating to credit risk monitoring. At the minimum it should lay down procedure relating to,

a) The roles and responsibilities of individuals responsible for credit risk monitoring

b) The assessment procedures and analysis techniques (for individual loans & overall portfolio).

c) The frequency of monitoring.

d) The periodic examination of collaterals and loan covenants.

e) The frequency of site visits.

f) The identification of any deterioration in any loan.

Given below are some key indicators that depict the credit quality of a loan:

a. Financial Position and Business Conditions. The most important aspect about an obligor is its financial health, as it would determine its repayment capacity. Consequently institutions need carefully watch financial standing of obligor. The Key financial performance indicators on profitability, equity, leverage and liquidity should be analyzed. While making such analysis due consideration should be given to business/industry risk, borrower’s position within the industry and external factors such as economic condition, government policies, and regulations. For companies whose financial position is dependent on key management personnel and/or shareholders, for example, in small and medium enterprises, institutions would need to pay particular attention to the assessment of the capability and capacity of the management/shareholder(s).

b. Conduct of Accounts. In case of existing obligor the operation in the account would give a fair idea about the quality of credit facility. Institutions should monitor the obligor’s account activity, repayment history and instances of excesses over credit limits. For trade financing, institutions should monitor cases of repeat extensions of due dates for trust receipts and bills.

c. Loan Covenants. The obligor’s ability to adhere to negative pledges and financial covenants stated in the loan agreement should be assessed, and any breach detected should be addressed promptly.

 

d. Collateral valuation. Since the value of collateral could deteriorate resulting in unsecured lending, banks need to reassess value of collaterals on periodic basis. The frequency of such valuation is very subjective and depends upon nature of collaterals. For instance loan granted against shares need revaluation on almost daily basis whereas if there is mortgage of a residential property the revaluation may not be necessary as frequently. In case of credit facilities secured against inventory or goods at the obligor’s premises, appropriate inspection should be conducted to verify the existence and valuation of the collateral. And if such goods are perishable or such that there value diminish rapidly (e.g. electronic parts/equipments), additional precautionary measures should be taken.

 External Rating and Market Price of securities such as TFCs purchased as a form of lending or long-term investment should be monitored for any deterioration in credit rating of the issuer, as well as large decline in market price. Adverse changes should trigger additional effort to review the creditworthiness of the issuer.

3.16 Risk Review

  The institutions must establish a mechanism of independent, ongoing assessment of credit risk management process. All facilities except those managed on a portfolio basis should be subjected to individual risk review at least once in a year. The results

Of such review should be properly documented and reported directly to board, or its sub committee or senior management without lending authority. The purpose of such reviews is to assess the credit administration process, the accuracy of credit rating and overall quality of loan portfolio independent of relationship with the obligor.

 Institutions should conduct credit review with updated information on the obligor’s financial and business conditions, as well as conduct of account. Exceptions noted in the credit monitoring process should also be evaluated for impact on the obligor’s creditworthiness. Credit review should also be conducted on a consolidated group basis to factor in the business connections among entities in a borrowing group.

  As stated earlier, credit review should be performed on an annual basis, however more frequent review should be conducted for new accounts where institutions may not be familiar with the obligor, and for classified or adverse rated accounts that have higher probability of default.

   For consumer loans, institutions may dispense with the need to perform credit review for certain products. However, they should monitor and report credit exceptions and deterioration.

 

3.17 Delegation of Authority

q  Banks are required to establish responsibility for credit sanctions and delegate authority to approve credits or changes in credit terms. It is the responsibility of banks board to approve the overall lending authority structure, and explicitly delegate credit sanctioning authority to senior management and the credit committee. Lending authority assigned to officers should be commensurate with the experience, ability and personal character. It would be better if institutions develop risk-based authority structure where lending power is tied to the risk ratings of the obligor. Large banks may adopt multiple credit approvers for sanctioning such as credit ratings, risks approvals etc to institute a more effective system of check and balance. The credit policy should spell out the escalation process to ensure appropriate reporting and approval of credit extension beyond prescribed limits. The policy should also spell out authorities for unsecured credit (while remaining within SBP limits), approvals of disbursements excess over limits and other exceptions to credit policy.

q  In cases where lending authority is assigned to the loan originating function, there should be compensating processes and measures to ensure adherence to lending standards. There should also be periodic review of lending authority assigned to officers.

3.18 Managing Problem Credits

q  The institution should establish a system that helps identify problem loan ahead of time when there may be more options available for remedial measures. Once the loan is identified as problem, it should be managed under a dedicated remedial process.

q  A bank’s credit risk policies should clearly set out how the bank will manage problem credits. Banks differ on the methods and organization they use to manage problem credits. Responsibility for such credits may be assigned to the originating business function, a specialized workout section, or a combination of the two, depending upon the size and nature of the credit and the reason for its problems. When a bank has significant credit-related problems, it is important to segregate the workout function from the credit origination function. The additional resources, expertise and more concentrated focus of a specialized workout section normally improve collection results

q  A problem loan management process encompass following basic elements:

a. Negotiation and follow-up. Proactive effort should be taken in dealing with obligors to implement remedial plans, by maintaining frequent contact and internal records of follow-up actions. Often rigorous efforts made at an early stage prevent institutions from litigations and loan losses

b. Workout remedial strategies. Some times appropriate remedial strategies such as restructuring of loan facility, enhancement in credit limits or reduction in interest rates help improve obligor’s repayment capacity. However it depends upon business condition, the nature of problems being faced and most importantly obligor’s commitment and willingness to repay the loan. While such remedial strategies often bring up positive results, institutions need to exercise great caution in adopting such measures and ensure that such a policy must not encourage obligors to default intentionally. The institution’s interest should be the primary consideration in case of such workout plans. It needs not mention here that competent authority, before their implementation, should approve such workout plan.

c. Review of collateral and security document. Institutions have to ascertain the loan recoverable amount by updating the values of available collateral with formal valuation. Security documents should also be reviewed to ensure the completeness and enforceability of contracts and collateral/guarantee.

 

d. Status Report and Review. Problem credits should be subject to more frequent review and monitoring. The review should update the status and development of the loan accounts and progress of the remedial plans. Progress made on problem loan should be reported to the senior management.

Credit Management Policy of The National Bank

4.1 Introduction:

Credit extension or lending is the principal business of a bank. Credit Constitute more than 60% of a banks asset and remain the main source of its income. But credit is also the most risk bearing asset and if not managed prudently, it may cause server financial losses to the bank. This conflicting characteristic of credit provides all the significance to credit management. Strong and effective credit management is essential to ensure the financial health of a bank. The dominant objective of credit management is to maximize profit within a consistent framework of risk and credit discipline. Credit management involves credit planning, credit policies, credit producer, credit administration, credit monitoring and credit recovery.

4.2 Principles of Credit Management:

The management of credit risk is central to a sound credit management process. The basic principles a bank has to follow in its credit risk management are:

q  Selection.

q  Limitation.

q  Diversification.

4.2.1 Selection:

Selection of borrower is the most important aspects of credit risk management. The quality of the credit portfolio of bank depends to a large extent on the quality of its borrowers. To judge the quality of borrower the bank takes into a borrower the bank takes into consideration the following.

q  Character (borrowers’ honesty, willingness and commitment to pay debts).

q  Capacity (the success of business).

q  Capital (financial condition).

q  Collateral.

q  Condition (economic).

4.2.2 Limitation:

A system of limits for different types and categories of lending have to be set. The essential        requirement is to establish maximization amount that may be loaned to any borrower or a group of connected borrowers and to any one industry or type of industries. Lending limits have been set taking the banks capital and resources into account.

4.3 Credit policy:

The bank should have established credit policies containing:

1) Lending guidelines

2) Credit assessment process and

3) Approval authority

 

4.3.1 Lending guidelines:

Lending guidelines should clearly outline the senior management’s view of business development priorities and the term and condition that should be followed for loans to be approved. The lending guidelines should provide the key foundations to formulate recommendations for loan approval and should include the following:

q  Industry and business segment focus

q  Types of loan facilities

q  Singles borrower/group exposure limit

q  Lending caps for a specific sector

q  Discouraged business types

q  Loan facility parameter (e.g. maximum size, maximum tenor, security requirement).

 4.3.2 Credit assessment:

The bank must undertake through credit and risk assessment before taking decision on loan approval. For credit assessment the following should be taken into consideration.

q  Amount    types of loan proposed

q  Purposed of loans

q  Loan structure (Tenor, repayment schedule, interest)

q  Security

q  Borrower analysis

q  Supplier/buyer analysis

q  Financial analysis

q  Financial performance

q  Account conduct

For the assessment the risk-grading manual of Bangladesh Bank should be followed.

 

4.3.3 Approval Authority:

The authority to sanction approves loans must be clearly delegated to senior executives by the Chief Executive or the Board of Directors. Approval authority should preferably be delegated to individual executives and not to committees to ensure accountability in approval process.

 

4.4 Credit Procedure’s:

The bank should have clear guidelines for procedure to be followed for loan approval. The approval process should provide for the RM/Marketing team should recommend segregation of Relationship Management/ Marketing from the Approving Authority and forwarded to the approval team and be approved by the individual executives.

 

4.5 Credit Administration:

Credit administration is responsible to ensure proper documentation and compliance of terms and conditions of approval before disbursement of loan. For this reason it is essential that the function of credit administration be strictly segregated from Relationship Management/Marketing.

4.6 Credit Monitoring:

To minimize credit losses, monitoring procedures and systems should be in place that should be in place that should provide an early indication of the deteriorating financial health of a borrower. Strong credit monitoring system helps in identifying potential weakness of material nature requiring closes supervision and attention of the management.

4.7 Credit Recovery:

The bank should have a separate credit recovery unit, the primary functions of which including the following:

q  Determine action plan/recovery strategy

q  Pursue all options to maximize recovery

q  Ensure adequate and timely loan loss provision based and expected losses.

q  Regular review of classified loans.

 

4.8 Principle Of Good Lending

In appraising a credit proposal, every banker follows a few general principles of goods lending, these are stated below:

4.8.1 Safety:

Safety first is the main slogan of principle of good lending. While lending a banker must feel certain that the money will definitely come back. The banker is to ensure that the money advanced by him will be employed in a productive field and repaid with interest.

 

4.8.2 Liquidity:

 Money will come back is not all? That must come back within a reasonable time or on demand. Employment of funds for shirt-term requirements and not locked up in long term schemes is desirable. The repayment through definite, but slow in coming back does not serve the purpose of liquidity. Recovery of mortgage money of much higher value than advance money through court process involving few years is safe but not liquid.

 

4.8.3Purpose:

The banker should ensure practicably that the borrower applies the money borrowed for a particular purpose accordingly. Advances for personal expense, say, marriages, pleasure tours or repayment of a previous outstanding debt are ordinarily refused by banks. Banks also discourage advance for hoarding stocks or speculative activities.

4.8.4 Profitability:

 Banks must make profit to meet up the expenses of deposit interest, establishment, staff salary, rent, stationery etc.and then make reserve or pay dividend to shareholders. After considering all these factors a bank decides upon its lending rates. A particulars transaction may not appear profitable in itself. But borrowers some ancillary business may be highly remunerative to the lending bank. In this way, the transaction may on the whole be profitable for the bank.

4.8.5 Security:

 Banks lend out of borrowed money against security. Security serves as a safety valve for an emergency. Apart from this character, capacity, and capital of the borrower are well looked into when an advance is granted.

4.8.6 Spread:

Risk is always inherent in every advance. A successful banker is an expert in assessing such risk. He is keen on spreading/ dispersing lending risks over a large number of borrowers, industries, areas and different types of securities. For example, advancing against only one type of security will run if that class of security steeply depreciates.

 

4.8.7 National interest:

 An advance satisfying all the aforesaid principles may run counter to national interest. In the changing concept of banking, advancing to priority sectors such as agriculture, small industries and export-oriented industries are assuming greater importance than security.

 

4.9 Credit Processing With Special Reference to Credit Risk Management:

Credit Processing covers the tasks from receipt of application for credit along with all required Papers/documents/information to evaluation/analysis of the application and Preparation of the proposal for ultimate approval.

 

Processing of Credit covers the following stages:

q  Receipt of Credit application.

q  Credit Investigation.

q  Matching of credit application with policy.

q  Mode and sufficiency of securitization.

q  Credit evaluation in terms various risks involved for ultimate approval.

For banks, extension of credit basically is full of risks; Such as risks are to be managed properly, in course of the whole process of credit approval. Credit risks are virtually, the possibility that a borrower will fail to repay the debt within the maturity date of the loans/as per terms of sanction. Credit risks arise from banks lending operation. Expansion of banks lending operations today has increased the sphere of risks; addressing devices of risks are therefore to be taken care of at every stage of credit decision.

Credit risks are so exhaustive that a single device cannot encompass all the risk. Moreover lending to day has assumed such diverse nature, that newer techniques are to be applied to effectively contain risks. With this end in view credit risks management has to be done in order to enable the bank to manage loan portfolio in order to minimize losses. In the present scenario of fast changing, dynamic global economy and the increasing pressure of globalization, liberalization, consolidation and dis-intermedeation, it is essential to under take robust credit risks management policies and procedures, sensitive and responsive to these changes.

In the initiation of credit processing the prospective borrower has to initially pass the selection process/various steps-

 4.10 Credit assessment:

A through credit and risk assessment is to be conducted before granting of loans, and once approved all facilities are to be reviewed at least annually. Credit assessment should be presented in a credit application duly singed/approved by the official of the branch.

In case an account deviates from the guidelines the same should be identified in credit applications and the originating officials of the branch should provide justification for approval. Bank will conduct financial analysis on a regular basis and monitor changes in the financial condition.

The proposals are in proposal format that originates in the credit department of the branch and is processed and approved by the head of branch/Regional Head/Head office Management/Executive committee as per delegated authority. At the time of originating a proposal accuracy of all information to be ensured. Originating officers shall follow credit principles, credit policy and guidelines and conduct due diligence on new borrowers, principals and guarantors. They will also adhere to the NBL, s established Know Your Customer (KYC), Money Laundering guidelines, and Bangladesh Banks regulations. For initiating credit relationship credit officer will call on the client, visit factory/business center to see. Production facility/stock/storage pattern/business transaction/reputation etc and through these, to assess possibilities of establishing a remunerative relationship. He/She will also conduct due diligence to get market information on the borrower from industry sources, competitors, local area. Branch Manager may also be part of this process. In this regard, if required, the BM/Credit officer will also take help of head Office Engineer/HO personnel for initial assessing credit needs of large borrowers.

Based on findings of such calls/visit/inspection, Credit Officer, along with the Branch Manager, will initiate proposal, containing information on client’s background, business, market share, integrity, credit exposure/existing banking relationships, and credit needs along with pricing etc.

Before sending proposal to the approving authority, the originating official of the branch shall ensure that the following step/formalities have been taken/completed properly and incorporated in the credit proposal appropriately:

q  Current CIB Report is obtained.

q  Repayment sources for borrower are justified by financial analysis.

q  Purpose and amount with types of loan proposed by the borrower are stated in the proposal.

q  Earning from the relationship are properly assessed in the credit proposal.

q  Pre-sanction Inspection report/call report/site visit report is in place.

q  Management profile and Capital structure, Constitution, Date of Establishment are stated in the proposal.

q  Experience of Borrowers, business skills, management and successions are properly mentioned in the proposal.

q  Borrower’s Rating in the Industry is assessed along with overall industry concerns and borrowers strength and weakness relative to its competitors are identified.

q  Industry’s position along with supplier and buyer risk is analyzed.

q  Borrower credit worthiness is established by review of, 3 years historical financial statements and past track record establish borrower credit worthiness.

q  Cash flow analysis justifying client’s ability to repay is reflected in the credit proposal.

q  Industry and business analysis is done in the proposal.

q  Credit facilities availed from other banks are clearly stated in the in the proposal and opinions are obtained regarding the credit standing of the borrowers.

q  Possible risks are identified in the credit assessment and Risk mitigating factors are clearly mentioned in the credit proposal.

q  Credit proposal clearly mention current outstanding against all limits.

q  Audited financials, large loan position etc.are reflected in the credit proposals.

q  Branches ensure that collateral has been properly valued, verified and managed.

q  Amount and Tenors are justified based on the projected repayment ability and loan purpose.

q  Account conduct of the borrower and his allied concern has been done.

 

4.11 Risk assessment areas:

4.11.1 Borrower Analysis:

Full particulars of the proprietor, partners, Directors etc to be examined, their management capacity to be ascertained. Overall performance and credit status of the allied concern of the client i. e.group will be assessed. Lack of management capacity of the co. concentration of the whole affairs of business is one hand and lack of initiative to create subsequent management line, complicated ownership structures of inter group transactions shall be addressed and related risks to be mitigated.

4.11.2 Industry Analysis:

Before extending credit in an area, overall business conditions of that areas/sector will be critically examined, prospects and problems to be accurately learnt. Demand and supply of the concerned goods/services. Demand and supply gap contribution of the borrower in meeting the gap, strength and weakness of the borrower and their competitors to be accurately ascertained.

Sales concentration of the borrower, borrowers rating with competitors in terms of market share, prevalence of substitute of the produced items in the market and barriers to entry into the product line of the borrower to be properly identified.

4.11.3 Supplier/Buyer Analysis:

Lending decision will be preceded by an intensive analysis on whether the borrower depends on a single or a very few customer or gets the supply of the materials/dealing items from a single supplier. Such sales and supply concentration will be given careful consideration, because it may have significant Impact on the future viability of the borrower

 

4.11.4 Historical Analysis:

An analysis of a minimum of 3-year historical financial statement of the borrower shall be presented. Where reliance is placed on a corporate guarantor guarantor’s financial statements shall also be analyzed. The analysis shall address the quality and sustainability of earnings, cash flow and the strength of the borrowers balance skeet.

4.11.5 Projected Financial Performance:

Where terms facilities (tenor more than 1 year) are proposed, borrower future/projected financial performance should be provided, indicating an analysis of the sufficiency of cash flow to service debt repayments. Loans should not be granted if projected cash flow is insufficient to repay debts.

 

4.11.6 Account Conduct:

For existing borrowers, historic performance in meeting repayment obligations (trade payments, cheque, interest and principal payment etc) shall be addressed. Credit-debt summation, maximum-minimum balance recycling and adjusting of the liability will be looked into which generally will back our renewal decision.

 

4.11.7 Adherence to lending guidelines:

Credit proposal to be prepared in line with Bank’s lending Guidelines. A credit application/proposal will clearly mention whether or not the proposal complies with the banks lending guidelines. Proposal that will not adhere to be bank’s lending guidelines will not be approved.

4.11.8 Mitigating Factors:

In credit assessment, possible risks (such as margin sustainability and/or volatility, high debt load (leverage/gearing), over stocking or debtor issues, rapid growth, acquisition or expansion, new business line/product expansion, management changes or succession issues, customer or supplier concentrations and lack of transparency or industry issues and their mitigating factors will be identified.

4.11.9 Loan Structure:

Amount and tenure  of loan will be fixed justifiable depending on income generation prospect, Projected repayment capacity and the purpose of the loan. Failure in properly perusing these factors especially allowing loan for excessively long period of more than what is really justified/required in the business, will expose the bank to risk and also to non-repayment by the borrower.

 4.11.10 Security:

Our banks’ lending will generally be adequately securities. Securities to be obtained will be acceptable, valuable, and easily marketable and defect less (in title). Valuation of security will be properly assessed. Security will comprise primarily and collateral and will be adequately insured (where applicable).

 4.11.11 Name Lending:

Lending, depending only on the fame and reputation of a borrower will be avoided. All associated risks lending fundamental and a though financial analysis will be made.

 4.12 Credit Approval Process

National Bank, conducts its banking operation under branch banking system. For administrative control and smoothing its day-to-day operation and extension of appropriate and quick services, quick credit delivery, some branches have been placed under some Regional offices. Responding to the requirement of customers in the state of lack of full computerization facilities of the branches and on line banking facilities some credit sanctioning powers have been delegated to the Branch Managers and the Regional Managers.

Credit proposals are generally originated at branch. However proposals may also be received at head Office for syndication  And also from big clients, Financial Institutions.

At the branch level, the officers/executives of credit department will have full knowledge of the policy & procedures of credit operations. The credit officers/executives after obtaining credit applications through Branch Manager along with all required papers/documents ensures sufficiency and consistency of the papers/documents. They will originate credit Proposals, prepare detailed credit memorandum after undertaking a through credit check and conducting credit risk assessment of the clients in light of credit policy Guidelines of the Bank. The fully documented Credit Memorandum (CM) will be placed to the Branch Credit Committee by the in charge credit. Credit committee after thoroughly & critically examining the proposal will recommend it to the Branch Manager who will approve credit under his delegated authority. When the proposal falls beyond the power of the Branch Manager, the Branch Manager will send it to the Regional Manager with his recommendation. Regional Manager will get the proposal critically examined by the credit officers and recommended by credit committee at Regional Office and will approve under his delegation of business power, if the proposal is found approval worthy.

When the proposal falls beyond Regional Manager’s power he will send it to Head Office, Credit Division. Division head, Credit will get credit and risk assessed by Credit officials. The proposal being found acceptable will be placed to Head Office credit committee if the proposal falls under the delegated authority of the Executive Committee, the proposal, having been assessed by the credit Officers/Executives will be placed to the EC, through Divisional

Head, Credit DMD (credit) and the Managing Director, where the approval will be accorded. If the proposal is not met the basic criteria as per CRM guidelines and banking norms, it will be declined and Credit Operations Division will inform the decision to the branch accordingly. Head Office credits Operations Division keep credits files under proper control and use is restricted to authorized officials

4.12.1 Mandatory Checking:

q  Proposal Credit facilities are compliant of the existing banking regulations.

q  CRG has been done.

q  Other analysis and assessment has been done properly.

q  Computer authority as per Bank’s policy approves facilities in writing.

q  All credit approvals are given on a one-obligor basis.

q  Limit is approved as per delegated authority.

q  Large loans are approved within the ceiling advised by Bangladesh Bank.

q  Fresh approvals, renewal, rescheduling, compromise agreement for the Board as per Bangladesh Bank Guidelines places large loan accounts for approval.

4.12.2 Appeal Process:

Any declined credit will be represented to the next higher authority for re-assessment/approval. 

 

Flow chart for the approval process of loans & advances.

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4.13 Credit Administration Function:

Credit Administration function will be critical in ensuring that proper documentation and approval are in place in respect of disbursement of loan facilities. Credit Administration functions will comprise the following:

4.13.1 Disbursement:

q  Getting approval.

q  Ensuring Completion of security documentation.

q  Ensuring adherence to the approved terms and other requirements before disbursement by the Branch.

q  Ensuring Limit Creation and Complying with Disbursement Check List by Branch.

In order to administer credit in a proper manner under the present institutional and operation set up, task of credit administration will be done in the following manner:

q  A copy of sanction letter will be sent by the credit sanctioning authority to HO Credit Administration Division/Branch and Regional Office (as the case may be). Branch credit Administration on receipt of the sanction letter will complete full documentation and formalities as per terms of sanction and send compliance to HO credit administration with a copy to Regional office along with a list of documents obtained. For exception of full documentation, branch will mention in the compliance certificate about the documentation, which could not be complete for genuine reasons and request credit administration for allowing them to disburse, pending completion of those documents with specific mention about time within which incomplete documentation will be completed.

q  Head office credit administration will examine the sufficiency of the documentation. If documentation is found to have not been properly done, HO credit administration will advise the branch to complete full documentation and confirm and disburse credit after completion of documentation. Where branch seeks permission for disbursement keeping some documents incomplete. HO Credit Administration Division if considers Such exception acceptable, will issue authorization to disburse with the condition to complete incomplete documentation within specific time limit.

q  Branch credit administration will keep the documentations under their strict preferably in locked fireproof storage and will that all the term of approval has been complied where against drawing will be allowed.

 

4.13.2 Pre disbursement stage:

Before disbursement of the approved facilities, branch Credit Administration shall ensure that the following steps has been properly followed:

  Standard loan facility documentation has been used.

 Credit office and Credit Administration officer of the branch jointly singed documentation checklist before disbursement.

 Branch Credit Administration Unit/HO Credit Administration (as applicable) has issued security compliance certificate and loan Disbursement/Limit Loading checklist and Authorization From before disbursement.

 Legal counsel has ensured that the Bank’s security interest is perfected.

  Incomplete documentation has received a temporary waiver from approving authority.

  Branch Credit Administration Unit/Ho Credit Administration has ensured that all disbursement is covered by approved credit lines.

 Credit has been authorized as per our bank’s policy.

  Evidence of disbursements is properly documented.

  Unauthorized approvals have been surfaced and proper actions taken.

  Excess over limit have been allowed under due approvals of the competent authority.

 4.13.3 Custodian:

  Outstanding Security Documentation as per approval.

 Safe Storing Loan/Security Documents (fire-proof).

  Periodic Review of Documentation.

 Ensuring insurance of the insurable objects.

  Cash collateral such as Fixed Deposit Receipt, Script, Bonds, Marketable Securities and Security Documentation etc.are held under dual control in fireproof vault.

  Two custodians and their alternates are identified in writing.

  Safe in and safe out register is properly maintained to track movement of documents.

  Release of collateral of debt obligation instruments has been made under appropriate approval.

  Insurance requirements are detailed in the credit proposal and policy kept in the vault.

  Insurance policy is current and renewed on a timely basis.

4.13.4 Compliance requirement of credit administration:

  Credit Administration shall submit all required Bangladesh Bank circulars/regulations/guidelines relating to credit centrally, ensure issuance of corresponding circular and advise all relevant departments to ensure compliance of the content of the circular.

   All 3rd party service providers like values, lawyers, CPA’s etc shall be approved and their performance reviewed on annual basis.

 4.13.5 Credit Monitoring:

 

To minimize credit losses, monitoring procedures and system should be reinforced and more system should be developed in view of varied complexities involved in various types of credit. The procedures and system must provide early indication of deteriorating financial health of a borrower.

At a minimum, report on the following to be generated and submitted to management and branch to be instructed regularize the same.

q  Overdue principal and interest (Monthly).

q  Overdue trade bills (Monthly).

q  Excess over limit/Excess over facility approved (Monthly)

q  Collateral shortfall.

q  Breach of loan covenants/terms and conditions/Documentations deficiencies (Fortnightly).

q  Non-payment and late payment.

q  Non-Receipt of Financial Statements in time (Annually).

q  Objections of internal/external or regulator Inspection/Audit and advice corrective measures timely.

q  Details of Early Alert Accounts and preparation of list of delinquent account and special mention account (SMA). (Monthly).

q  Identification of early alert accounts, delinquent account and special mention account (SMA). (Monthly).

q  Identification of the account, which shall be SMA status due to non-renewal. (Monthly).

q  Listing of the accounts, which shall be SMA if not renewed with in 3 month and taking necessary measures.(Monthly).

q  Ensuring renewal of limits 2 months ahead of expiry dates.

q  Entering all credit facility amount into MIS database.

4.14 Types of advance-loan, over draft, cash credit:

The main function of a Commercial Bank are two,(1) to take deposits and(2) to make advance. Making of advance is the most important function of a Bank as upon it depends the profitability of the bank. Moreover, Bank make advance out of deposit of the public which are payable on demand. A Commercial Bank makes advance to different sectors for different purposes. I.e. financing of Trade and Commerce, imports and exports, Industries, Agriculture, Transport, and House-Building etc. Advance by Commercial Banks are made in different forms such as Loans, Overdrafts, Cash Credits.

 

4.14.1 LOAN:

When an advance is made in a lump sum repayable either in fixed monthly installments or in lump sum and subsequent debit is ordinarily allowed expected by way in interest and incidental charges, etc.it is called a loan.

 Loan is allowed for a single purpose where the entire amount may be required at a time or in a number of installments within a period of short span.

 After disbursement of the entire loan amount, there will be only repayment by the borrower. A Loan, once repaid in full or in part, cannot be drawn again by the borrower.

 Entire amount of loan is debited to the loan A/c in the name of the of the customer and is paid to him through his SB/CD/A/c. Some times loan amount is disbursed in cash.

Commercial Banks generally make loans for the following purpose:

 For purchasing Bus, Trucks, Launches and ships, for construction of house and building for capital financing of Industrial projects etc.

 Now a day, Commercial Banks, especially the nationalized Commercial Banks in our country, are to make loans under different schemes VIZ.Agricultural Loans, and loans under self-employment scheme etc.

 Depending upon the purpose, loans may be repayable within a few months or the repayment period may extend up to a few years.

 Agricultural loans are generally repayable within a period of 3(three) months to 1 (one) year. But repayment of transport loans and House Building loans may take longer period comprising a number of years.

 Loans are generally secured by lien on fixed/term deposits, shares, Debentures, Protirakhsha Sachoya Patra, Insurance Policy, pledge of gold, mortgage of real estate and hypothecation of crops, vehicles, machineries etc, depending upon the nature and purpose of the loan.

4.14.2 Overdraft:

The overdrafts are always allowed on a Current A/c operated upon by cheques. The customer may be allowed a certain limit up to which he can overdraw within a stipulated period of time. In an overdraft A/c withdrawals and deposits can be made any number of times within the limit and prescribed period. Interest is calculated and charged only on the actual debit balances on a daily product basis.

Overdrafts are of three kinds:

                                                              i.      Temporary Over Draft (TOD).
                                                            ii.      Clean Over Draft (COD)

                                                           iii.      Secured Over Draft (SOD)

TOD:

TOD is allowed to honor an important cheque of a valued client without any prior arrangement. As this facility is allowed for a very short period, it is called Temporary overdraft.

COD: Sometimes Overdrafts are allowed with no other security except the personal security of the borrowers. These types of overdrafts are called clean overdrafts.

 

SOD: When Overdrafts are allowed against securities they are called secured Overdrafts. Overdrafts are generally to contractors and supplier for carrying on construction works and supply orders and to businessmen for their business

4.14.3 CASH CREDIT:

Cash Credit is allowed to the businessmen, traders and industrialists etc.for meeting their working capital requirements, Cash Credit is always allowed against hypothecation or pledge of goods. Hence, Cash Credit is two types:

 (1)   Cash Credit (Hypothecation),

(2)   Cash Credit (pledge).

4.14.3.1 Cash Credit (HYPO):

Cash Credit allowed against hypothecation of goods is known as Cash Credit (HYPO) limit. In case of hypothecation, the borrower retains the ownership and possession of goods on which charge of the lending bank is created. Holden says, Hypothecation is a legal transaction, whereby goods may be made available as security for debit without transferring either the property or the possession to the lender. The documents, which creates charge of the lending Bank on the hypothecated goods, is called letter of hypothecation. By singing this letter of hypothecation, the borrower binds him to give possession of the hypothecated goods to the lending Bank when called upon to do so. As the hypothecated goods remain under the possession of the borrower, such advance is more or less clean.

As such the banker should taken the following precautions:

q  The Banker should carefully verify the stocks of hypothecated goods and their market price.

q  Periodical statement of stock duly signed by the borrower should be obtained.

q  Stock should be duly insured against fire burglary R.S.D with Bank clause.

q  Banker should try to obtain sufficient collateral security.

q  The borrower should be trustworthy and prudent customer.

q  The goods are readily saleable and have good demand in the market.

q  The price of the goods, offered as security, is to be calculated as per following principle-Purchase price or market price whichever is lower.

q  The price of the goods is steady.

 

4.14.3.2 Cash Credit (Pledge):

Cash Credit Allowed against pledge of goods is known as cash credit (pledge) limit. In case of cash credit (pledge) limit, the borrower pledges his goods to the Bankers as a security against the credit facility; pledge has been defined as “ a bailment of goods as security for payment of a debt or performance of a promise”. The ownership of the pledge goods remains with the pledged.

Banks retain the effective control of the pledge goods. Pledged goods may be stored in godown of the borrower but under lock and key of the bank. Bank’s guards are posted round the clock to protect the godown. Sometimes, pledge goods are stored in Bank’s godown.

Banks makes delivery of the pledge goods to the party against payment.

Following points should be taken into consideration while allowing Cash Credit (pledge) limit.

q  The quantity of the goods is ascertained.

q  The goods are readily salable and have a constant and effective demand in the market.

q  The quantity of the goods is ensured, the goods are not perishable and will not deteriorate and quality as a result for long or short duration.

q  Goods are stored in pucca godown to save them from deterioration and to guard them against risks of pilferage.

q  The borrower has an absolute title to the goods.

q  The prices of the goods should be steady and are not subject to violent changes.

q  The valuation of the goods should be made very carefully. “Purchase price or market price whichever is lower”-is the general principle for assessing the valuation of the goods.

q  The goods should be stored in the presence of a responsible bank official.

q  The goods are insured against all risks, such as fire, theft R.S.D.etc and the insurance policy bears  “Bank Mortgage Clause”.

q  The stocks report is obtained duly singed by the borrower.

q  Stocks must be inspected regularly by the branch- in-charge.

 

4.15 Drawing Power:

 Both in case of hypothecation and pledge, the banker should find out the Drawing power. Advance is allowed against hypothecation/pledge of goods after deduction of the margin. If the margin for advance against stock of “Cotton Yarn” is 30% then bank can advance Tk 70/-against hypothecation/pledge of stock of Cotton Yearn of Tk 100/-In this case Tk 70/-is the Drawing Power. A Banker should know the market price of the goods to arrive at a correct D.P.

 

4.16 Introduction and preparation of credit risk grading (CRG):

4.16.1 Introduction of CRG:

It is generally accepted that the credit is the largest component of income of a bank. So that credit risk is the most significant risk area of finance by bank. In 1993 Lending Risk Analysis (LRA) was introduced by BB under Financial Sector Reform Project (FSRP) for all lending exposures (Tk.1.00 crore and above) to minimize lending risk. Now .BB introduced Credit Risk Grading, a new version of assessing credit risk grading to make the mechanism easier to implement. It is a mandatory replacement of LRA as per BRPD Circular No18,

 

4.16.2 Definition of CRG:

Based on the pre-specified scale reflecting the credit-risk for an exposure. A credit Risk Grading deploys a number/alphabet/symbol as a primary summary indicator of risks associated with a credit exposure.

4.17 Credit Risk Grading Process:

q  For Superior Risk Grading CRG exercise is not applicable.

q  Credit risk grading matrix would be useful analyzing credit proposal, new or renewal for regular limits or specific transaction, if basic information on a borrowing client to determine the degree of each factor is a) readily available, b) current, c) dependable, and d) parameters/risk factors are assessed judiciously and objectively. The Branch Credit Officer will collect required information as per Data Collection Checklist.

q  Branch credit Officer shall ensure to correctly fill up the Limit Utilization Form as in order to arrive at a realistic earning status for the borrower.

q  Risk factors are to be evaluated and weighted very carefully, on the basis of most up-to-date and reliable data and complete objectivity must be ensured to assign the correct grading. Actual parameters should be inputted in the Credit Risk Grading Score Sheet.

q  CRG exercise should be originated by trained credit officer of the branch and should be an on-going and continuous process. They shall complete the Credit Risk Grading Score Sheet and shall arrive at a risk grading in consultation with the advance In charge and document it as per Credit Risk         Grading Form as, which shall then be concurred by the authorized approving official of the branch.

q  All credit proposals whether new; renewal, Enhancement, Rescheduling cases or specific facility should consist of a) Data Collection Checklist, b) Limit Utilization Form. c) Credit Risk Grading Score Sheet and d) Credit Risk Grading Form.

q  The credit officers then would pass the approved Credit Risk Grading Form to Credit Administration Department for updating their MIS/record.

 

CRG helps:

q  Promote banks safety and soundness.

q  Measure credit risks.

q  Management monitor change and trend in risk level.

q  Management manages risk to optimize return.

q  Use of Credit Risk Grading:

q  CRG allows application of Uniform Standards to Credits.

q  Obligor-Level Analysis (CRG output is used)

q  Credit selection and pricing.

q  Monitoring and internal MIS and assessing the aggregate risk profile of a Bank.

 4.18 Early Warning Signal (EWS):

EWS indicated risk or potential weakness of an exposure requiring monitoring supervision and close attention by Management.

q  Irrespective of Credit risk score obtained by any obligor as per CRG score sheet, the grading of the account to be highlighted as EWS a/c and it has the following risk symptoms:

 a) Marginal/Watch list (MG/WL-4): if-

q  Any loan is past due/overdue for 66 days and above.

q  Frequent drop in security value or shortfall in drawing power exists.

                     b) Special Mention (SM-5): if-

q  Any loan is past due/overdue for 90 days and above.

q  Major document deficiency prevails (such deficiencies include but not limited to; board resolution for borrowing not obtained, sanction letter not accepted by client, charges/hypothecation over assets favoring bank not filed with Register of Joint Stock Companies, mortgage not in place, guarantees not obtained, etc.)

q  A significant petition or claim is lodged against the borrower.

Reporting of EWS accounts: The Credit Risk Grading Form of accounts having Early Warning Signals should be completely by the credit officer of the branch and sent to the branch approving authority. The Credit Risk Grade should be updated as soon as possible and no delay should be there in referring Early Warning Signal accounts or any problem accounts to the Credit Administration Division, Head Office.

q  Branch hall report also Credit Administration Division, HO, and Particulars of Early Warning Accounts HO Credit Administration Division will also identify accounts with Early Warning Signals, report to the higher authority, monitor such accounts, advise the branch suitability to improve status of such accounts.

4.19 CRG Review:      

Risk Grading Review Frequency (at least)
Superior, Good and AcceptableAnnually
Marginal/Watch listHalf yearly
Special Mention, SS, DF and BLQuarterly

                           

 

 

4.20 Management Information System (MIS) on CRG

q  Credit Risk Grading Report (Consolidated)

q  Credit Risk Grading Report (Branch Wise)

q  Credit Risk Grading Report (Branch &Grade Wise)

q  Credit Risk Grading Report (Grade Wise Borrower List)

 

4.21 Special Attention:

q  Ensure implementation of the instructions provided in Credit Operations Division, CAD and Bangladesh Bank regarding Credit Risk Grading.

q  Officers who will approve Risk Grading shall have necessary competence and overall understanding of CRG Manual.

q  Ensure origination of Credit Risk Grading Score sheet, CRG Form by trained officers only accurately in all cases, which shall then be approved by the approving authority at the branch level and thereafter be sent to sanctioning authority.

q  Ensure completion of CRG Form for all the accounts having Early Warning Signals.

q  Prepare financials preferably form audited Accounts.

q  Ensure calculation of financial ratios correctly.

q  Compute parameters of different components of business/Industry risk.

q  Assess grading Score objectively (where applicable).

q  Ensure that Risk Grading is shown in the first page of proposal.

q  Ensure matching of security risk with sanction advice and documentation.

q  Ensure proper understanding by the originating officer of relationship Risk.

q  Prepare financials on the basis of latest financial statements.

q  Complete prescribed format in preparing comprehensive MIS on risk grading.

q  Data Collection Checklist & Limit Utilization Form should be used uniformly.

For considering proposal of a client under any group CRG shall have to be done on the group instead of the concerned unit only. In case a borrower has sister concern than sister concern’s CRG shall have to be done also.

Monitoring should be in place to ensure that risk factors are evaluated and weighted very carefully, on the basis of most up-to-sate and reliable data and complete objectivity must be ensured to assign the correct grading. Careful assessment should be done after receiving all the required information and actual parameters that deserves by the account should be inputted in the Credit Risk Grading Score Sheet.

 

4.22 Limitation of CRG:

There are some limitation of CRG which are given below:

q  Basically the template of CRG Score sheet is fully applicable for manufacturing concern and it may also useful for trading concern although some problems have occurred here, but the template of CRG Score sheet if not in line with fully for Service concern.

q  Size of business has been determined on the basis of turnover of sales; as a result a number of good enterprises may be deprived due to sales turnover being less than Tk.60.00 crore. On the other hand a number of bad enterprises may be awarded due to sales turnover being more than Tk.60.00 crore.

q  CRG score sheet basically highly weighted on Financial Risk i.e. it is basically based on financial statement.

q  Quality of management based on total # of years of experience of the senior management in the Industry, but how many management?

q  Lack of data bank to ascertain the Industry growth, Business outlook, market competition accurately.

q  Security Risk is not a Credit risk.

q  CRG does not fully cover the security risk parameter for all cases.

q  Camouflage/Windedness of Financial Statement.

q  Most of the entrepreneurs are not aware about financial statement.

Although some problems have been occurred in CRG but also CRG is a best key measurement process of a bank’s assets quality.

4.23 Comparative study among loan  (G), cash credit and over-draft

SWOT Analysis of The National Bank Limited

SWOT analysis is the detailed study of an organization’s exposure and potential in perspective of its strength, weakness, opportunity and threat. This facilitates the organization to make their existing line of performance and also foresee the future to improve their performance in comparison to their competitors. As though this tool, an organization can also study its current position, it can also be considered as an important tool for making changes in the strategic management of the organization.

6.1 Strengths:

National Bank Limited has already established a favorable reputation in the banking industry of the country. It is one of the leading private sector commercial banks in Bangladesh. The bank has already shown a tremendous growth in the profits and deposits sector.

 National Bank Limited has already achieved a high growth rate accompanied by an impressive profit growth rate in 2008. The number of deposits and the loans and advances are also increasing rapidly.

 National Bank has the reputation of being the provider of good quality services too its, potential customers.

6.2 Weakness:

The main important thing is that the bank has no clear mission statement and strategic plan. The banks not have any long-term strategies of whether it wants to focus on retail banking or become a corporate bank. The path of the future should be determined now with a strong feasible strategic plan.

 The bank failed to provide a strong quality-recruitment policy in the lower and some mid level position. As a result the services of the bank seem to be Deus in the present days.

 The poor service quality has become a major problem for the bank. The quality of the service at National Bank is not higher than the Dhaka Bank, Prime Bank or Dutch Bangla Bank etc. So the bank has to compete with the multinational Bank located here.

 Some of the job in National Bank has no growth or advisement path. So lack of motivation exists in persons filling those positions. This is a weakness of National Bank that it is having a group of unsatisfied employees.

 In terms of promotional sector, National Bank has to more emphasize on that. They have to follow aggressive marketing campaign.

6.3 Opportunity:

In order to reduce the business risk, National Bank has to expand their business portfolio. The management can consider options of starting merchant banking or diversify into leasing and insurance sector.

 The activity in the secondary financial market has direct impact on the primary financial market. Banks operate in the primary financial market. Investment in the secondary market governs the national economic activity. Activity in the national economy controls the business of the bank.

 Opportunity in retail banking lies in the fact that the countries increased population is gradually learning to adopt consumer finance. The bulk of our population is middle class. Deferent types of retail lending products have great appeal to this class. So a wide variety of retail lending products has a very large and easily pregnable market.

 A large number of private banks coming into the market in the recent time. In this competitive environment National Bank must expand its product line to enhance its sustainable competitive advantage. In that product line, they can introduce the ATM to compete with the local and the foreign bank. They can introduce credit card and debit card system for their potential customer.

 In addition of those things, National Bank can introduce special corporate scheme for the corporate customer or officer who have an income level higher form the service holed. At the same time, they can introduce scheme or loan for various service holders. And the scheme should be separate according to the professions, such as engineers, lawyers, doctors, etc.

6.4 Threats:

All sustain multinational banks and upcoming foreign, private banks posse’s enormous threats to National Bank Limited. If that happens the intensity of competition will rise further and banks will have to develop strategies to compete against an on slough of foreign the banks.

 The default risks of all terms of loan have to be minimizing in order to sustain in the financial market. Because default risk leads the organization towards to bankrupt. National Bank has to remain vigilant about this problem so that proactive strategies are talent to minimize this problem if not elimination.

 The low compensation package of the employees from mid level to lower level position threats the employee motivation. As a result, good quality employees leave the organization and it effects the organization as a whole.

Recommendation & Conclusion

Although the bank is making a huge amount of profit and gencratil1g a large volume of deposit, based on my working experience at Nationa1 Bank limited, Credit card division, I would like to put up the following recommendations.

7.1 Prospects: how to Achieve?

Credit card division should increase their marketing activities and for these the will formulate a card marketing group and the remuneration of the member of the group will semi variable. That’s means they get a fixed salary and get commission for every card.

The division should maintain a card marketing strategy. They must identify which type of people get preference in issuing card, like as bankers, exporters, importers, government high officials.

The bank may circulate student credit card and the card limit will be Tk. 5000.

The may sort out the cardholder who paid their payment regular and issue another credit card to their spouse without any security

To increase the number of cardholder the bank may decrease the annual fee and interest.

Credit card division should improve their customer service

7.2 Challenges: how to face these?

To avoid telecommunication problem the bank should follow modern telecommunication system.

Bank may encourage the business firm to establish fixed price shopping center.

Because of different type of merchant commission rate may be different according merchant’s type of business.

Bank should concentrate on quickly merchant payment. For this bank may use computerized system in preparing pay order

 

7.3 Conclusion

During the 12 weeks internship program at NBL, almost all the desk has been observed more or less. For gaining knowledge of practical banking and to compare this practical knowledge with theoretical knowledge. Though all departments and sections are covered in the internship program, it is not possible to go to the depth or each activities of division because of time limitation. So, objectives of this internship program have not been fulfilled with complete satisfaction. However, highest effort has been given to achieve the objectives the internship program.

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