CARE Ratings Debt Quality Index (CDQI) denotes whether the quality of debt is improving or declining on a scale of 100 with the base year of 2012. It declined marginally by 0.13 points in February to 87.89. Intuitively, an upward movement indicates improvement in quality of debt benchmarked against the base year.
After a small improvement of four basis points to 88.04 in January, CDQI again declined marginally by 0.13 points in February to 87.89, CARE Ratings said in a statement.
As it is contemporary with minimum time lags, the health of the debt and credit markets is encapsulated on a near-real-time basis.
After small rise in April 2019, the Debt Quality Index has been declining for eight consecutive months indicating a moderation in the credit quality of rated entities. It fell sharply (212 basis points) in June 2019 mainly due to moderation in the liquidity scenario for NBFCs and HFCs resulting in sharp rating migration.
Thereafter, it declined by 0.54 points in September 2019 triggered by further downgrades in the NBFC and HFC segment due to the continuing liquidity stress in the segments. It made difficult for entities to raise finance in a timely manner as also delaying monetisation plans.
However, there was a marginal improvement seen in January this year on account of enhancements in higher rated debt papers.