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RBI's new rules for MFIs to aid profitability, says Crisil Ratings

RBI's new rules for microlenders, who have been deeply impacted in pandemic because of loan losses, will help widen profits by giving such entities greater flexibility in operations, a report said

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Press Trust of India Mumbai
Reserve Bank's new rules for microlenders, who have been deeply impacted in the pandemic because of loan losses, will help widen profits by giving such entities greater flexibility in operations, a report said on Monday.
Removing the interest margin cap on loans, the biggest change in regulation, will help NBFC-MFIs (non-banking finance company-microfinance institutions) adopt a risk-based pricing approach and hence support profitability, the report by Crisil Ratings said.
Specifically, this will benefit mid-sized entities, which were handicapped by the lending rate cap linked to the base rate, given their relatively higher borrowing cost, and those with rural focus, where competition is less and borrowers are relatively less sensitive to interest rates, it said.
The move to increase the permissible household income to Rs 3 lakh per annum and the increase in limit of non-microfinance loans to 25 per cent of total assets will help increase the addressable market for such entities, it said.
The last two years have been extremely challenging for microfinance lenders as they grappled with high credit costs. The changes announced will help NBFC-MFIs adopt risk-based pricing and improve their profitability, expand their addressable market and also address concerns on over-indebtedness of borrowers, the agency's Deputy Chief Ratings Officer, Krishnan Sitaraman said.

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First Published: Mar 28 2022 | 9:30 PM IST

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