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MUMBAI : Alternative asset manager Brookfield and private equity player Everstone promoted non-banking finance company IndoStar Capital Finance is looking to fully exit from corporate lending business by March 2022, its executive vice-chairman and chief executive R. Sridhar said.

The company has been reducing its corporate book over the last two years, and has brought down the portfolio by close to 3,500 crore.

"From a portfolio size of 6,000 crore in 2018, the corporate book is down to 2,500 crore as of date, which is a reduction of around 60% (We have collected 3,500 crore). By March 2022, the wholesale and corporate book will become zero," Sridhar told PTI in an interaction.

The company will continue to focus on and expand its retail segment, he said.

Currently, retail segment contributes 73% to the company's total book, while balance 27% is from corporate segment.

In the retail business, the company focuses on vehicle finance, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and affordable housing finance.

In March 2020, it made an accelerated provisioning and carried out aggressive write offs both in corporate as well as retail financing businesses to ring fence its balance sheet for any eventual credit loss which may come over the next few quarters, Sridhar said.

"The conservative approach adopted has strengthened IndoStar's position and places it ideally to take advantage of future growth opportunities. We are now looking to the future to build our retail business over the next three to five years," he said.

A provision coverage ratio of 97% was achieved to deal with the impact of pandemic, he added.

During September, the company's collection efficiency improved to 93%, and touched 100% in October.

"We have started disbursements from November 2020. We are growing disbursements gradually to build our retail business in a highly scalable manner from April 2021," he said.

With rural economy picking up, the lender is also expanding its products in commercial vehicle segment. It is looking at financing passenger vehicles, construction and farm equipment, he said.

In the quarter ended September 30, 2020, IndoStar Capital's consolidated profit after tax declined 36% to 32 crore from 49.4 crore in the same period of previous year.

Its gross non-performing assets (NPAs) improved to 2.9% from 3.8%, while net NPAs stood at 2.1% compared to 3% in September quarter of the previous fiscal.

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