Wilful defaults fall marginally in pandemic-hit FY21: TransUnion CIBIL data

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June 30, 2021 5:40 PM

The government and the RBI had introduced a slew of protections for stressed accounts in view of the pandemic, including a six-month moratorium on stressed asset classification as a non-performing asset and also suspension of the bankruptcy laws.

Mature factoring markets, more specifically Europe, continue to dominate the factoring market, accounting for 68% of global factoring. The factoring market worldwide is projected to reach $9.2 trillion by 2025.Over 83k delayed payment applications have been filed by micro and small enterprises, as of July 26, 2021, as per MSME Samadhaan portal.

The pandemic year saw a marginal fall in the number of cases marked as wilful defaulters by banks, with a 1.90 per cent reduction in the amount outstanding from such borrowers at Rs 2.11 lakh crore at the end of 2020-21, according to data released by TransUnion CIBIL.

The number of accounts with an exposure of over Rs 25 lakh marked by lenders as wilful defaulters also dipped to 10,898 as of March 31 this year, from 12,242 in the year-ago period, the credit information company said.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) defines a wilful defaulter as one who does not pay up despite having the capacity to do so. Once declared as a wilful defaulter, a borrower cannot avail funding from any bank later and banks are known to use this tag as a tool to ensure that borrowers pay up in time.

The government and the RBI had introduced a slew of protections for stressed accounts in view of the pandemic, including a six-month moratorium on stressed asset classification as a non-performing asset and also suspension of the bankruptcy laws.

Among the lenders, the country’s largest bank SBI had an increase in total number of wilful defaulters at 1,801 accounts, from 1,640 in the year-ago period. But, the outstanding amounts increased to Rs 67,000 crore as on March 31, as against 1,640 cases having an outstanding of Rs 44,682 crore a year ago.

However, for the nationalised banks, the number declined to 7,418 accounts with an outstanding of Rs 1.18 lakh crore, from the year-ago’s 8,781 accounts with an outstanding of Rs 1.44 lakh crore.

In the case of private sector banks, the wilful defaulters’ list stood at 1,514 having an outstanding of Rs 22,867 crore as of March 31, 2021, as against 1,658 accounts with an outstanding of Rs 20,741 crore in the year-ago period.

In the past, reports based on RTI (right to information) queries had named borrowers like Gitanjali Gems, Rei Agro and Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery as among the top wilful defaulters. The Central Information Commission’s list continued to reflect them as wilful defaulters.

The CIC also released data about defaulters having an outstanding of over Rs 1 crore to the system, which revealed that the number of suit filed accounts of defaults of over Rs 1 crore to be at 20,014 collectively having an outstanding dues of Rs 4.90 lakh crore as on March 31, 2021.

The same number had stood at 27,142 accounts having an outstanding of Rs 7.32 lakh crore in the year-ago period.

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