NBFCs, HFCs set to face NPA heat as LAP market in stress: Crisil

NBFCs, HFCs set to face NPA heat as LAP market in stress: Crisil
16/12/2017 , by , in News/Views

Rating agency Crisil has warned that non-banking finance companies and housing finance companies are expected to be hit hard by delinquencies in the loan against property (LAP) market that is likely to rise 70 bps to 3.3 per cent this fiscal.

Delinquencies in the loan against property (LAP) market are set to rise 70 basis points (bps) to 3.3 per cent this fiscal, even as underlying risks stemming from moderating growth, intensifying competition and falling yields come to the fore, Crisil said in a report on Wednesday.

The rise in delinquencies (measured by 90 days’ past due date has been sharper and sooner than expected, affecting NBFCs and HFCs.Crisil warns that delinquencies are expected to rise even more to 4.5 per cent this fiscal, or 370 bps higher than what’s expected in home loans.

“Interestingly, the rise in delinquencies last fiscal is not uniform. While large HFCs and a few NBFCs with robust diligence ecosystems managed their portfolios well, some others have reported over 100 bps increase. We believe systemic delinquencies will rise further as LAP portfolios season,” Crisil said.

The LAP segment has been growing at break-neck speed, with assets under management rising 17 per cent to Rs 1.7 trillion in FY17 from Rs 1.5 trillion in FY6, which was a 29 per cent growth over FY15. Banks then joined the fray because of continuing sluggish demand for corporate credit. But this rising trend in AUM is set to reverse with risks manifesting and delinquencies rising, the rating agency said.

Crisil foresees a 200-400 bps decline in AUM growth to 13-15 per cent by fiscal 2020, as competition from banks intensifies and ticket sizes of loans shrink.

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