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Gross NPAs of banks may improve to 10% in March 2019: Report

Gross NPAs of banks may improve to 10% in March 2019: Report

Mumbai: The gross non-performing assets (GNPAs) of the banking sector is likely to improve to 10 per cent in March 2019, from 11.52 per cent as on June 30, 2018, as nearly 60 per cent of the bad loans of the sector are under active resolution, a report said on Tuesday.

The net NPA is also expected to decrease to 4.3 per cent, from 5.92 per cent as of June-end this year, Icra said in its report.

The rating agency, however, cautioned that GNPA and NNPA may be higher at 12.2 per cent and 5.6 per cent, respectively, in absence of resolution.

With expiry of the 180-day period provided in RBI's February 12 circular for resolution of large stressed borrowers, Icra estimated that 70 big companies accounting for around Rs 3.8 trillion of debt may be heading for resolution under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

"With ongoing resolution of stressed assets, despite fresh slippages, we expect GNPAs and NNPAs for banking sector are likely to reduce to close to 10 per cent and 4.3 per cent respectively by March 2019," Icra's head of financial sector ratings, Anil Gupta, said.

However, he was quick to add that the same may be higher at 12.2 per cent and 5.6 per cent, respectively, in absence of resolution.

The GNPAs declined to 11.52 per cent as on June 30, 2018, from 11.68 per cent as on March 31, 2018, while the NNPAs decreased to 5.92 per cent, against 6.27 per cent.

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