You are here: Home » Companies » News
Business Standard

$14 bn loans to builders under severe stress, may result in default: Report

"Over 62% or about $58 billion of the total loan advances ($93 billion) to Indian real estate by banks and NBFCs/HFCs is currently completely stress-free," Anarock said in a statement

realty projects | Realty sector | Construction industry

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Brookfield in talks with Aditya Birla to buy its Real Estate Fund 1 assets
Representative Image

Loans worth $14 billion provided to real estate firms by banks, NBFCs and housing finance (HFCs) are under "severe stress" and facing issues of debt servicing, according to a report.

"Over 62% or about $58 billion of the total loan advances ($93 billion) to Indian real estate by banks and NBFCs/HFCs is currently completely stress-free," said in a statement.

Another 22% (about $21 billion) is under some pressure but can potentially be resolved. The stress on this segment is largely on recovery of interest and not on principal amount.

"$14 billion (or merely 16 per cent) of overall lending to Indian real estate is under 'severe' stress, meaning that there has been high leveraging by the concerned developers who have either limited or extremely poor visibility of debt servicing due to a combination of factors," the consultant said.

HFCs accounted for the largest share of total realty loans equalling 38 per cent, followed by banks at nearly 34 per cent share while NBFCs (non-banking financial companies) have 28 per cent share (including loans given under trusteeships).

"Of these, banks and HFCs are much better placed with 70 per cent and 65 per cent of their lending book in a comfortable position. However, it also comes as no surprise that nearly 58 per cent of the total NBFC (non-banking financial company) lending is on a watchlist," it said.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Mon, December 02 2019. 18:30 IST