SBI chairman reassures lending support to NBFCs amid IL&FS crisis

Comments on SBI being wary of lending to NBFCs are called baseless

New Delhi.

Assuring lending support to non-banking financial companies, SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar on Sunday said that there was no concern on the liquidity of such firms, amid the ongoing debt crisis in IL&FS Group.

Experts attributed the fall in NBFCs’ scrips to tightness in money market and a lack of clarity on IL&FS exposure.

"Some comments are being attributed to SBI about the Bank being wary of lending to NBFCs. The rumors are baseless. SBI lends support to NBFCs in private and public sector within the regulatory policy framework and will continue to do so," Kumar said in a statement.

In fact, the recent regulatory guidelines on the co-lending model open up further opportunities for collaboration between SBI and non-deposit taking NBFCs to increase lending to priority sectors, he added.

"There is no concern on the liquidity of NBFCs in view of their liquid cash position and availability of committed lines," said the top official of the country’s largest lender.

Shares of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL). The company lost nearly Rs 10,000 crore worth in market cap. The scrip of DHFL plummeted 59.67 percent to Rs 246.25 — its 52-week low — on the BSE.

Earlier this month, it came to light that IL&FS group defaulted on a short-term loan of Rs 1,000 crore from Sidbi, while a subsidiary has also defaulted Rs 500 crore dues to the development finance institution.

While IL&FS has nearly Rs 35,000 crore consolidated debt, IL&FS Financial Services has Rs 17,000 crore of debt, which sits as a standard asset for most of the lenders, according to a Nomura India report.

The group has seen its various long-term and short-term borrowing programmes downgraded to ‘default’ or ‘junk’ grades by credit rating agencies, even as the regulators are also probing alleged delay in disclosure about certain loan defaults.

Among others, capital markets regulator Sebi, the Reserve Bank, the Corporate Affairs Ministry, and the Finance Ministry have received complaints about alleged wrongdoings at Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) and its various group entities, including the listed ones.

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