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Bank NPAs register a significant growth during Jan-Jun: Ficci-IBA Survey

Metal, infrastructure and textile industries have recorded high level of NPAs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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with operations in witnessed a significant rise in non-performing assets during the first half of 2017, according to a survey released on Thursday.

The Ficci-IBA survey carried out for January-June revealed that NPAs in public sector shot up considerably, with 91 per cent respondents from public sector reporting an increase.


Twenty public, private and foreign participated in the survey, which together represent 64 per cent of the industry, as classified by asset size.

Meanwhile, 71 per cent private and 50 per cent foreign respondents stated that their bad loans have increased during January-June.

Metal, infrastructure and textile industries have recorded high level of NPAs with at least 50 per cent of total respondents stating the same.

In the next six months (Jul-Dec 2017), participating expect sectors like infrastructure, automobiles and pharmaceuticals to drive credit growth.

Lenders also expressed hope that amendment of the Regulation Act along with Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code will help in the resolution of stressed assets, which have ballooned in the recent past.

The suggested easing of provisioning norms for stressed assets and strengthening of legal infrastructure to facilitate quicker disposal of bad loans cases.

"The survey has been conducted at a time when NPAs are at a worrisome position, especially for the public sector banks," said in a statement releasing the survey.

The participating gave several suggestions to deal with the stressed assets. One is to set up industry committees to determine the valuation of large stressed accounts and get big PSUs in respective sectors to bid for the said accounts at such valuations.

About 35 per cent reported tightening of credit standards for large enterprises during the first half of 2017 and about 40 per cent expect further tightening in the next six months.

During January-June, a majority (75 per cent) of the respondent have reduced their Marginal Cost of Funds based lending rate, with 45 per cent of reducing it by more than 50 basis points, aided by adequate liquidity and low-cost deposits.

The survey observed that infrastructure sector continues to witness the largest increase in long term loans.

A majority welcomed the suggestion from the RBI about setting up of specialised Wholesale and Long Term

Bankers' views were also sought on consolidation of other public sector post SBI merger.

"Some participating suggested exploring avenues of privatisation alongside merger of PSBs," said quoting the survey's findings.

Views were also sought on the idea of Account Number portability that had been suggested by former RBI deputy governor S S Mundra.

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