Bad loan woes begin to bite at Ujjivan Bank

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Ltd’s March quarter performance had a few satisfying metrics. The moneylender’s net benefit flooded 86% on the rear of prior arrangements composed once more into services and increased non-premium pay. Its disbursements were the highest ever in March, growing a robust 31% for the quarter. 

In the recovery way for banks, Ujjivan will win prizes. The small money bank endured at the beginning of FY21 as lockdowns imposed to forestall the spread of Covid brought about borrowers defaulting on their repayments and prospective customers delaying plans to get. Another solace for the moneylender was its consistent development in deposits. For the March quarter, guarantees extended 22% year-on-year, driven by retail deposits. Nonetheless, this is the place where the uplifting news closes. There is enough alarming finishes paperwork for financial backers from the March quarter performance that may shake their certainty on the outlook amid the Coronavirus pandemic’s subsequent wave.

The bank’s awful credits rose to 7.1% of the total book from as low as 4.8% in the previous quarter. As the bank couldn’t call defaulted credits as awful in the last two quarters due to a legal halt on awful advance acknowledgement, all terrible advances were bunched up to be distinguished in the March quarter. The degree of expansion in lousy credits should stress investors. Further, the bank’s restructured credit heap at 6.8% of its advances is among the greatest in the business. The bank didn’t restructure any advances in the March quarter. However, it has recast advances worth a total of ₹852 crores. 

What’s more is that while stress has increased, the bank’s provision coverage proportion has not. “With PCR at 60%, Coronavirus cushion at 1% of the advance book and severity of the second floor of a pandemic on financial movement, we expect credit costs in FY22 to stay elevated and increment our average provisions gauges for FY22-FY23E to 3.2% from 2.7%,” investigators at HDFC Securities Ltd wrote in a note. 

Since April, the bank’s offers have been feeling the squeeze, an impression of the concerns over resource quality. It should have the option to contain the pressure and fabricate provisioning to a level that gives more confidence to investors.



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