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Outstanding loans of Indian lenders to MSMEs expands 2.5 times in five years: Report

image Outstanding loans of Indian lenders to MSMEs expands 2.5 times in five years: Report

New Delhi, Apr 13 (KNN) The outstanding loans of lenders to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) expanded two-and-a-half times in five years through 2018, Credit Information Company TransUnion CIBIL said.

Information Company also warned about debt build-ups leading to possible stress in the quality of assets.

While the outstanding credit to MSMEs grew to Rs 25.2 lakh crore at the end of 2018 from Rs 10.4 lakh crore in 2013 at a compound growth rate of 19.6%, the consolidated non-performing assets (NPAs) in the sector increased to 9% from 7.3%, CIBIL said in a report.

 “We have observed significant acceleration in lending in the past couple of years, but growth of this magnitude needs to be monitored carefully as rapid acceleration in debt build-up may indicate prospective stress in the system,” TransUnion CIBIL Managing Director Satish Pillai said earlier this week.

“While lenders should monitor their portfolios constantly for loan stacking, leverage and debt build-up, the regulators must keep systemic risks under check,” it said.

Relaxation on the use of trade credit data from regulated bill discounting platform TReDS for credit scoring could help improve underwriting standards for banks, while also helping MSME businesses and individuals get better-priced loans, CIBIL report said.

It added, India’s commercial credit growth remained strong at 14.4% year-on-year in the December quarter, taking the overall outstanding credit to Rs 111 lakh crore, driven by loan growth of 14.9% to large companies. (KNN/JM)

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