Banks to face capital shortfall of Rs 3.5 lakh crore amid NBFC sector crisis

We assume that 30 per cent of banks’ NBFC exposure becomes non-performing.

Published: 23rd October 2019 03:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2019 12:15 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: BANKS would face a capital shortfall of about Rs 3.5 lakh crore in the wake of the crisis in the non-banking financial company (NBFC) sector, according to a study by global rating agency Fitch.

“The gap would rise to about $50 billion by fiscal year 2021 (Rs 3.5 lakh crore) under the stress scenario. Banks would also be $10 billion short of the capital required to meet the regulatory minimum of eight per cent that is set to apply from end-March 2020,” according to a stress test conducted by Fitch Ratings.

Increased credit costs and a weaker economic environment would result in significant losses over the next two years, it said. The study estimated that the banking system’s gross NPA ratio would rise to 11.6 per cent by FY2020-21 from 9.3 per cent in FY2018-19.

“The credit profiles of the state-owned banks would come under significant pressure, and the weakest — including those with Viability Ratings in the ‘b’ range — would face heightened solvency risks without capital injections from the government,” according to the stress test. 

The stress test examines the potential impact on banks of liquidity pressures in the NBFC sector developing into widespread failures. 

“We assume that 30 per cent of banks’ NBFC exposure becomes non-performing. We view this as close to a worst-case scenario, but the figure also reflects the proportion of the sector that we believe is characterised by riskier business and financial profiles,” it said.

“We also assume 30 per cent of banks’ property exposure becomes non-performing, due to tight liquidity and weak sales,” it further said.

Meanwhile, the realty sector is particularly reliant on NBFC financing, Fitch Ratings said, adding that these defaults would reverse recent progress that banks have made in reducing their non-performing asset (NPAs) ratios.

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