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Delinquencies may turn into a giant purpose to fret for auto lenders

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Mumbai: Delinquencies may go up sharply for lenders to vehicle consumers, particularly within the business autos section because the transport enterprise reels from over-capacity and wafer-thin margins, based on analysts at analysis and rankings companies ICRA.

In March this yr, the share of loans with funds pending for over 90 days previous the due date (DPD) was highest since 2014 at 3.5 per cent of the trade’s retail portfolio, ICRA mentioned in a presentation. Subsequently, retail in addition to wholesale financing to the auto trade was below strain as lenders get extra cautious.

“We expect a sharp spike in delinquencies September onwards as the loan moratorium ends.”


Delinquencies may go as much as a minimum of 6-Eight per cent of the lenders’ retail portfolios within the business autos section, he mentioned. There had been a number of enquiries by transport operators to give up their autos to the lenders.

Subsequently, repossession of autos will go up too.

“There is healthy demand for commercial vehicles in the second-hand market,” Dewan mentioned. “Prices of second-hand vehicles have held up due to increase in the price of new vehicles.”

The costs of business autos have gone up by 10-15 per cent since March this yr after autos turned BS-VI emission norms compliant. This has led to an elevated choice for used autos, particularly amongst smaller operators with fleet sizes between 2-5 vehicles.

Last month, a report by Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training (IFTRT) prompt that between 45,000-50,000 heavy vehicles might be repossessed as transporters default on mortgage reimbursement. However, many transporters have claimed the estimate to be exaggerated since.

Delinquencies can be larger for non-banking monetary firms (NBFCs) than banks because the latter had been capable of entry extra prime clients, mentioned Ashish Modani, vice chairman at ICRA.

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