Hindenburg effect: RBI seeks details of banks’ Adani Group exposure

Adani Group shares plunged on Thursday after the conglomerate shelved a $2.5-billion share sale

Gautam Adani Hindenburg LIC SBI Supreme Court writ petition Congress
The Nifty Bank index has lost 5.4% since Hindenburg released its report on the Gautam Adani-led Group (file photo)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has sought the details of banks’ exposure to companies in the Adani Group, government and banking sources told news agency Reuters on Thursday.

The group suffered a plunge in its share values following allegations of “flagrant stock manipulation and accounting fraud” by the US-based short-seller Hindenburg Research.

Adani Group shares plunged again on Thursday after the Gautam Adani-led conglomerate shelved a $2.5-billion share sale, citing the need to insulate investors from potential losses.

Societe Generale report


Now, the RBI has sought information, including details of collateral being used to back loans and any indirect exposure banks may have, a source told Reuters.

Paris-based financial services company Societe Generale in a report on Wednesday said the Indian banking sector’s direct exposure to the Adani group is just 0.6%. It said markets are “overpricing” the risk to Indian lenders of their exposure to the Adani Group and that a selloff in banking shares seemed overdone.

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The Nifty Bank index has lost 5.4% since Hindenburg released its report. The broader Nifty index shed up to 2.8% over the period.

(With agency inputs)