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13/02/2018 03:53pm

Aditya Birla Group plans to invest to boost SME loan book

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New Delhi, Feb 13 (KNN) To boost retail and small and medium enterprises (SME) loan book, Aditya Birla Capital is planning to invest Rs 10 billion each year, administered by a non-bank finance company (NBFC) and a housing finance company (HFC).

The outstanding loan book — NBFC plus housing — rose by 41 per cent to Rs 465.22 billion at the end of December last year against Rs 330.47 billion in December 2016.

The Aditya Birla Group invested about Rs 2.5 billion in April-December 2017 in the housing finance business.

The group has decided to invest more this year as per the business trends according to Ajay Srinivasan, managing director and chief executive.

Rs 13.06 billion to its revenues has been contributed by its lending business in the third quarter of 2017-18 which was greater than Rs 12.46 billion in the same period of the previous financial year.

Srinivasan said “ the size of the loan book, comprising lending to the corporate, SME, and retail segments, on the NBFC’s balance sheet was Rs 397.70 billion as of December 2017.”

Large and mid-corporate have a combined share of 51 per cent and SMEs and retail together form 36 per cent of the book.

Company expects retail and SMEs are the growth engines and their shares to grow to more than 40 per cent in two-three years, according to Srinivasan.

There are immense opportunities of building mid-size and large businesses and  will  take exposure to complete projects so that it does not face execution risks.

The finance company will add 33 branches to take the total to 72 by the first quarter of the next financial year to increase its presence in tier-2 and tier-3 cities. (KNN/YV)

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