Indian banks may add Rs2.6 trillion of soured loans by March 2019: India Ratings

India Ratings says Indian banks could potentially add as much as Rs2.6 trillion ($40.58 billion) worth of soured loans by March 2019 to their existing pile


India Ratings, an affiliate of Fitch, said it estimated Indian banks were sitting on unrecognised stressed loans worth Rs7.7 trillion. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
India Ratings, an affiliate of Fitch, said it estimated Indian banks were sitting on unrecognised stressed loans worth Rs7.7 trillion. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Mumbai: Indian banks could potentially add as much as Rs2.6 trillion ($40.58 billion) worth of soured loans by March 2019 to their existing pile, India Ratings and Research said on Wednesday.

The rating agency, an affiliate of Fitch, said it estimated Indian banks were sitting on unrecognised stressed loans worth Rs7.7 trillion.

“While a sizeable proportion of the unrecognised stressed exposure has strong group linkage or some form of parental support, potentially half of it could further slip in the next 12-18 months,” India Ratings analysts led by Udit Kariwala wrote in a note.

As of end-December, banks in India had stressed loans of Rs9.64 trillion, according to government data. Reuters

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