Upper Limits

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (2nd R) arrives to visit the site of a bomb attack at St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

February 20 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Central Bank on Tuesday revised the requirements on single borrower limits to promote better risk management of banks. The new regulations allow individuals or single entities the ability to borrow up to 30 percent of the capital base of the bank.

The single borrower limit goes up to 33 percent of the bank’s capital for group companies, the Central Bank said in a statement.

Based on the risk status, measured on the basis of capital adequacy ratio of the bank and credit ratings of the bank and customer, there are enhanced limits of 36 percent and 40 percent for a group of companies.

In the event any customer has been given accommodation in excess of 15 per cent of capital base, the total given for all such customers cannot exceed 55 per cent of total outstanding accommodation granted by the bank to all customers.

Banks are also allowed under the revised rules, to provide up to 50 percent of the bank’s capital for infrastructure projects on a case-by-case basis with approval by the Monetary Board.

The maximum limits will not apply to the government, to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and