PNB stock tanks 12% as fraud amount raised to nearly $2 billion

The bank had earlier put the defrauded amount at Rs 11,394.02 crore ($1.77 billion). Photograph:( Zee News Network )

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 27, 2018, 11.28 AM (IST)

Shares of Punjab National Bank (PNB) plummeted by over 12 per cent today after it said that the alleged fraud committed by jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi may be around $2 billion, over $204 million more than previously estimated.

The stock dropped 12.11 per cent to end at Rs 98.35 on BSE. During the day, it tumbled 14.11 per cent to Rs 96.10 -- its 52-week low.

On NSE, the stock plunged 12.18 per cent to close at Rs 98.35.

In terms of equity volume, 149.07 lakh shares of the company were traded on BSE and over 20 crore shares changed hands on NSE.

The stock has been falling for four straight sessions, down 16 per cent. In these four days, Rs 4,547.35 crore in the bank's market value has been eroded.

"PNB issue continued to impact the PSU banks and its effect was seen in the broad market as well," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services Ltd.

In a late night filing to stock exchanges, the state-owned lender said that "the quantum of reported unauthorised transactions can increase by USD 204.25 million."

The bank had earlier put the defrauded amount at Rs 11,394.02 crore (USD 1.77 billion). Adding another Rs 1,323 crore would take this to Rs 12,717 crore.