In order to sustain the momentum and in line with the provisions of its earlier letter to Nigerian Bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has maintained that the minimum Loan to Deposit Ratio (LDR) target for all Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) is hereby reviewed upwards from 60 per cent to 65 per cent.
In a letter to all banks, titled ‘Regulatory Measures to Improve Lending to the Real Sector of the Nigerian Economy’, posted on its website, CBN said it has noted the appreciable growth in the level of the industry gross credit, which increased by N829.40 billion or 5.33 per cent from N15,567.66 billion at end May 2019, to N16,397.06 billion as at September 26, 2019 following its pronouncements on the above initiative.
In order to sustain the momentum and in line with the provisions of our earlier letter, the regulator said, the minimum target for all DMBs is hereby reviewed upwards from 60per cent to 65per cent.
“Consequently, all DMBs are required to attain a minimum LDR of 65 per cent by, 31 December 2019 and this ratio shall be subject to quarterly review. To encourage SMEs, Retail, Mortgage and consumer lending, these sectors shall be assigned a weight of 150per cent in computing the LDR for this purpose.
The letter which was signed by the apex bank’s Director Banking Supervision, Bello Hassan further noted that “Failure to meet the above minimum LDR by the specified date shall result in a levy of additional Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR) equal to 50per cent of the lending shortfall implied by the target LDR.
“DMBs are required to continue to strengthen their risk management practices particularly with regards to their lending operations.
“The CBN shall continue to review developments in the market with a view to facilitating greater investment in the real sector of the Nigerian economy whilst promoting a safe, sound and resilient financial system. This letter is with immediate effect,” he said.
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