MSMEs, retail loans to take bank NPAs to Rs 10 lakh crore by March 2022

MSMEs, retail loans to take bank NPAs to Rs 10 lakh crore by March 2022

Banks’ bad loans might cross Rs 10 lakh crore by the end of this fiscal, mainly on account of slippages in retail and MSME sectors, a study said.

“NPAs are expected to rise to 8.5-9 percent by March 2022, driven by slippages in retail, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) accounts, besides some restructured assets,” the study by industry body Assocham and ratings firm Crisil said.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das this month had said the current levels of non-performing assets (NPA) looks manageable.

IBC to rescue

The expected increase in GNPAs of both banks and non-banks this fiscal, because of the pandemic, will provide an opportunity for players in the stressed assets market through resolution via various routes, with IBC likely to be the most preferred.

However, the GNPAs of banks have declined from the peak seen in March 2018 and were lower as of March 2021 as against March 2020. Supportive measures, including the six-month debt moratorium, Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) loans and restructuring measures were among the main reasons.

According to the study, the risk management practices of Indian banks, especially public sector banks, have scope for improvement.

In the past, laws were not in favour of lenders and allowed erring promoters to exploit the tedious recovery procedure. This is borne out by the high number of wilful defaulters of banks, it noted.

”However, RBI has tightened norms for such defaulters and made stressed asset resolution norms more stringent. That, coupled with increased resolution of large-ticket NPAs under the IBC framework, have contributed to better recovery of NPAs,” the study said.

Source: Economic Times

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