Mounting NPAs to hit banks’ profits from Q3: Barclays Capital

 

At the end of the second quarter of the current fiscal, Rs24,600 crore of debt was pending restructuring versus Rs7,500 crore in the June quarter and Rs18,000 crore for the entire FY10-11, according to Barclays Capital

Mumbai: The inability of large corporates to service their debt obligations will start having an impact on bank’ profits from the December quarter onwards, reports PTI quoting a Barclays Capital report.

“We expect the credit quality issues from large borrowers to start becoming evident in the Q3 results, particularly in the restructured loans category,” Barclays Capital equity research arm said in a report ahead of the Q3 (third quarter) results, which will be kicked off with the Infosys numbers this morning.

The research draws attention to the pending amounts under the corporate debt restructuring (CDR) mechanism.

At the end of the second quarter of the current fiscal, Rs24,600 crore of debt was pending restructuring versus Rs7,500 crore in the June quarter and Rs18,000 crore for the entire FY10-11, it said.

According to a StanChart report, however, this figure is going to hit a whopping Rs50,000 crore this quarter if the Air India, GTL and Bharati Shippyard CDR proposals go through.

“Going forward, we expect it to increase further based on recent news flow on banks referring their debt to Kingfisher Airlines, Bharati Shipyard and others for the CDR process,” it said.

On other key parameters, banks will post stable net interest margins for the quarter even as business growth will be slow, the Barclays report said.

Banks are also expected to report muted fee incomes due to the slower loan growth and lower incremental sanctions, it said. All the lenders, except IndusInd Bank, are yet to come out with their numbers for the December quarter.

 

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Flights of fancy

Why do we consciously or unconsciously seek the authority of the Caucasian to demonstrate our own ability to operate in the modern world?  Are we world-class only if we dress European?

Here I was going through the boarding gate, handing over my boarding card to the boarding inspector. I suppose that is what he must be called since boarding was what we were doing, not like pirates and corsairs leaping from the rigging lines onto the merchant ship, for they scarcely sought permission, but here we were being polite and requesting permission to come on board.

Anyway from the corner of my eye I saw a poster mounted on a stand. It featured a pretty girl, perhaps four years or so, of that age when tooth fairies make frequent appearances. She held in one of her little hands a palette. She looked quite professional and adept, and she well may have come from a long line of painters.  In the other hand, she held a brush which looked poised to turn the air vermillion or cerulean or magenta or one of those colours that only painters and women can identify.

The purpose of this very posed and poised picture was to tell us, the ‘boardingers’ or boarders that this was the entrance to Gate 5 and 5A. I was impressed.

But what I found particularly interesting apart from this vital piece of information (God forbid that we had boarded the wrong ship), was that this girl was blond and blue-eyed, possibly of Scandinavian stock, though at the moment I can’t remember the name of a really good Viking painter from whom she may have descended.

Given that I was in south India where Dravidians ancient occupants of this land were the predominant genetic strain, with nary a Caucasian chromosome to offer, I was struck by the anachronism of it all. Surely ebony would have worked as well as ivory, I thought.

And then it hit me. I winced.

In the airline business in India it seems that western dress and western mores are better semiotic signals of efficiency and professionalism than the vernacular, the home grown ethnicity of costume or even face.

To that end we have an airline which features a very pretty model, not even a flight attendant giving you the flight safety instructions on a video screen. She is Czech I believe. She is as white as porcelain alabaster and I would venture that she doesn’t know Hindi, though she has been well rehearsed and the dubbing and lip-sync are quite commendable. Of course I am not sure that featuring her gave me any more confidence about the procedures in the event of engine failure, de-pressurization, landing on water and the consequent fastening of life jackets and emergency whistles. But I must confess that she looked pretty in an orange vest.

Then there is the other airline which has each female flight attendant, (I used to call them hostesses which was a lot more friendly than the functional attendant, someone who I expect to see mostly manning toilets, but be that as it may and it is not germane to this ramble at all) coiffured with a wig cut to resemble a model’s hairstyle from Paris. I am no connoisseur of women’s hairstyles but they resembled to my untrained eye the cut of Audrey Hepburn’s hair in Roman Holiday.  Sort of a cross between a bouffant and a page boy, I would think. (Here I am impressing you with these terms!)

They also wear dark suits and stockings. This airline has positioned itself on punctuality, and I suppose these replicas of women from Paris in Coco’s era help in that delivery of customer satisfaction.

On the other hand there is the so called national carrier. Stained by age and possibly indifferent neglect by bureaucrats who have no business sailing any ship whatsoever, they have like many fat merchant galleons of yore been boarded again and again by privateers and so now languish, awaiting fair winds again.

Their maids of delight are dressed in colourful Indian costume, wear their hair in an Indian coiled bun, if they have long hair, and are generally of a slightly older average age than the other airlines’ staff. 

The airline itself is not particularly efficient, but when on board these flight attendants perform with better efficiency and courtesy and maturity. But that is possibly my parochial point of view.

My actual point is why do we consciously or unconsciously seek the authority of the Caucasian to demonstrate our own ability to operate in the modern world?  Are we world-class only if we dress European? 

The cheongsam of the Singapore Girl may argue against this notion.

But it may just be that dressed this way or that we just can’t be as good when it comes to service, mass produced and delivered. So we compensate our imagined inadequacy with costume.

We are a truly exceptional people when we offer and proffer our individual hospitality in our houses and our homes.

Maybe we don’t know how to make a business of it.

(V Shantakumar is the former chairman & CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi in India and now the managing partner of Doing Think)

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Ashok Malkani

5 years ago

Our author, true to his calling has hadressed up his pet peeve in pukka adspeak. " Maids of delight are dressed in colourful Indian costume ---" Heavens have mercy but where did that come from !!!

After all is said, you need to look at B.A. Their Aunties are dressed in saris, very well groomed , looking bright and confident and not likely to berate you, if you have done a cock up in the loo.

Arre' bhai, air hostess and flight attendant are passe', it is Stewardess now.

Finally, if you are single, befriend a stewardess, it does not matter which airline of if they are black, white or aubergine.They are great people.

Ashok Malkani

5 years ago

I have sent a comment twice in a row. Have had the security code checked with my son for correctness prior xmission, but we seem to get it wrong every time.

The bloody system should not wipe out my comment, just tell me to recheck the code !!!.

P M Pattabhi Raman

5 years ago



For that matter, why are we so enamoured about Oscar? Why Cannes Festival has so much importance? why was Shivaji Ganesan, the best actor that India has ever produced thrilled with "Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" ? Why all our Matrimonial Ads seek "Fair-complexened" life partners?

Shadi Katyal

5 years ago

One fails to understand that what the writer is trying to impress or is this his first foreign trip and thus finding out what the rest of world looks like.
First of all these airlines fly all over the world and thus cannot make specail posters for us xenophobic people.
Secondly how many Indian passengers are all over the world as compared to CAUCASIANS and thus airlines look after majority.
Where you wearing a Dhoti or suite?
Beside if you are so averse to other nations dress, why not fly Air India and learn the true meaning of disrespect and rudeness

Shadi Katyal

5 years ago

IT IS EVIDENT THAT SINCE OUR LETTERS DISAPPEAR DUE TO WRONG SECURITY CODE AND NOTHING IS BEING DONE. I FOR ONE WILL STOP WRITING AS WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO REWRITE.
SUCHETA JI CAN YOU CORRECT IT. WHY NOT GO BACK AND LET US CORRECT THE CODE??????

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Prakash Bhate

In Reply to Shadi Katyal 5 years ago

I have resorted to writing in Word and then doing a copy/paste. Even this two line massage.

krish

5 years ago

PL DONT GIVE ARTICELS WITH VERBOSE AS ABOVE. NOBODY HAS TIME FOR SUCH STORIES.

WRITE SUBSTANCE THAT MAKE MEANING, IF NOT SENSE!

YR MAGAZINE SHOULD DEAL WITH ISSUES THAT MATTER TO PEOPLE, NOT FILOSOFY!

param

5 years ago

"We are a truly exceptional people when we offer and proffer our individual hospitality in our houses and our homes.
Maybe we don’t know how to make a business of it."
Wonderful words - that almost sums up the entire Indian experience...
Our mothers & sisters are the best healers but we suck at healthcare. Our fathers & grand-fathers are the best custodians of our personal assets, but we always mess up public funds. Our houses are mopped twice daily, but we don't care about spitting in public...

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sunidhi rao

In Reply to param 5 years ago

absolutely excellent observation to an excellent piece !

Govt will not bail out private carriers: Aviation minister

“Government is not in a position and will not bail out any private airlines. Air India is a public sector unit, so government has an obligation. But Air India will have to become competitive and restructure their costs... as the government cannot keep on pouring money,” civil aviation minister Ajit Singh told reporters

New Delhi: Giving a clear message to ailing Indian carriers, the government Wednesday asked national carrier Air India to pull up its socks and become competitive as it “cannot keep on pouring money” and told private carriers that there would be no bailout for them, reports PTI.

“Government is not in a position and will not bail out any private airlines. Air India is a public sector unit, so government has an obligation. But Air India will have to become competitive and restructure their costs... as the government cannot keep on pouring money,” civil aviation minister Ajit Singh told reporters here.

The minister said Tuesday that there was “some hitch” in Air India’s restructuring plan by SBI Caps, raised by the banks. This would be resolved jointly by civil aviation secretary and finance secretary, he said.

After laying the foundation stone for a new ATC tower at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, Mr Singh said a Group of Ministers (GoM) will soon meet to decide on allowing foreign airlines pick up stakes in the Indian carriers.

“Finally, the Cabinet will take the decision. The Committee of Secretaries has already recommended raising the FDI limits in the sector,” he said.

His comments came in the wake of reports that government was exploring options to allow foreign airlines pick up equity in Indian carriers.

Asked about demands by private airlines for a bailout package, he said they will have to come up with a viable business plan.

“If the banks are satisfied with their plans and think they can recover their money then they will lend money,” he said, adding that the banks would have to go by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) norms.

On reports of safety being compromised by airlines due to their poor financial conditions, the minister said, “There are problems. Industry has grown so fast in past few years. There is shortage of trainee pilots, stewardess... there are financial implications...

“But as far as question of jeopardising the safety of passengers is concerned, there is no such fear. There is no compromise, DGCA will not compromise and the ministry will not compromise,” Mr Singh said.

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