‘Infra lending opportunities may grow in next two quarters’
He says the opportunity to become a bank is to be looked at in the context of building the business, growing it more efficiently and in a sustainable way. Excerpts:
Infrastructure lending contributes to a sizeable portion of your business. How do you see it growing amidst the overall pressure. Where are you focussing?
In terms of new projects, we see opportunity around renewable energy — solar and wind — and the other opportunity for growth will be around refinancing where developers are looking for better pricing on their operational projects and banks are looking to lighten their exposure in the infrastructure sector.
However, I think that that over the next two quarters we should see a lot more opportunities coming around road projects and thermal power projects. The government is attempting to sort the fuel availability issue for thermal projects but it may take another two quarters for some of these issues to get resolved.
How comfortable are lenders in financing these sectors?
Lenders are getting more cautious and unlike in the past, where loans were available after fulfilling certain criterias, now they are looking at basic
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