Sector Update | Financials
Update | 6 August 2020
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RBI announces key relief measures
Significantly cushions systemic asset quality; medium-term overhang may remain
Resolution Framework for
COVID-19 related stress
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced a resolution framework for accounts
adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. However, it has prudently allowed
only those accounts that were standard, but not in default for more than 30 days as of
Mar’20, to be eligible for this.
The RBI also constituted an expert committee led by Mr Kamath to suggest a list of
financial parameters to be factored in the assumptions of the resolution plan and
validate the resolution plan for all accounts above INR15b.
Furthermore, the RBI has extended the existing restructuring scheme for stressed
MSMEs up to Mar’21. The scheme would be applicable for all accounts that were
standard as of 1
Mar’20. We believe this would provide major relief for banks/NBFCs,
given the higher moratorium availed in the MSME segment.
The RBI has also announced other measures. (i) It increased the LTV cap for gold loan
disbursements to 90% from 75%. This would be applicable to banks only and allowed
up to 31
March 2021. (ii) An additional special liquidity facility of INR50b each would
be provided to NHB and NABARD at the policy rate.
The resolution mechanism would offer massive relief to banks, which would have
otherwise faced elevated slippages in 2HFY21. However, this would have its own
shortcomings as it delays the stress recognition in the system and would make it
difficult to assess the health of the Banking franchise.
Resolution framework announced with high entry barriers
The RBI has ensured the resolution framework for COVID-19-related stress is
applicable only to borrowers facing stress due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Thus,
it includes borrowers that are standard, but not in default for more than 30 days
(as of 1
Mar’20). The resolution plan should be invoked by 31
implemented within 90 days from the invocation date for personal loans, and
180 days for other exposures. Furthermore, all borrowers should continue to
remain standard until the invocation of the resolution plan. Under the
resolution plan, the residual tenor of a loan may be extended by a maximum of
Corporate loan involves multiple lenders:
The resolution plan involves the
signing of an Inter-Creditor Agreement (ICA) by lenders, representing 75% by
value and 60% by number. If the ICA is not signed, the resolution process cannot
be invoked again.
An expert committee
headed by Mr K V Kamath would make recommendations
on the required financial parameters and sector-specific ranges, and would also
validate the resolution plan for accounts above INR15b.
Furthermore, resolutions in accounts greater than INR1b would require an
Independent Credit Evaluation (ICE) by a credit rating agency.
Existing restructuring scheme for MSME extended to Mar’21
The existing restructuring scheme for stressed MSMEs (which are overdue but
standard as of 1
Jan’20) has also been extended to all MSMEs that were standard
Research Analyst: Nitin Aggarwal
6 August 2020
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