RBI estimates bad loans could be as high as 14.8% by September 2021 in the worst case scenario

RBI estimates bad loans could be as high as 14.8% by September 2021 in the worst case scenario
Reserve Bank of IndiaBCCL
The gross non-performing asset (GNPA) of scheduled commercial banks (SCB) are likely to increase to 13.5 per cent by September 2021 in the existing scenario, according to the RBI's Financial Stability Report for January.

In case of a severe stress, the ratio may go up to as high as 14.8 per cent, it said.

"Macro stress tests incorporating the first advance estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) for 2020-21 released on January 7, 2021 indicate that the GNPA ratio of all SCBs may increase from 7.5 per cent in September 2020 to 13.5 per cent by September 2021 under the baseline scenario," said the report.

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It noted that the severity of the situation, the need for proactive building up of adequate capital to withstand possible asset quality deterioration.

The report said that the capital to risk-weighted assets ratio (CRAR) of SCBs improved to 15.8 per cent in September 2020 from 14.7 per cent in March 2020, while their GNPA ratio declined to 7.5 per cent from 8.4 per cent, and the provision coverage ratio (PCR) improved to 72.4 per cent from 66.2 per cent over this period.

Bank credit growth has remained subdued, with the moderation being broad-based across bank groups, showed the report.

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