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LIC HF plans to disburse 10% of total loan to developers

Earlier, the housing finance company had said that low developer loan portfolio had put its margins under pressure and higher disbursals may increase margin levels

 
Mumbai: LIC Housing Finance (LIC HF), a subsidiary of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) plans to disburse around 8-10% of its total loan portfolio to developers by the end of this fiscal, reports PTI quoting a top company official.
 
"Presently, around 6% of our total loan portfolio constitutes of developer loan. We plan to increase it to 8-10% in the current financial year," VK Sharma, director and chief executive officer of LIC HF, told PTI over the weekend.
 
He, however, said the housing finance company would not aggressively push this portfolio in this fiscal though there is an uptick in the loan disbursements to developers.
 
By the end of June quarter, LIC HF's outstanding loan portfolio was at around Rs65,650 crore, which was a 24% growth over the same period last year.
 
While individual loans constituted 94-95% of the portfolio, developer loans comprised 5-6% of the total amount.
 
Earlier, the housing finance company had said that low developer loan portfolio had put margins under pressure and higher disbursals would increase the margin level.
 
Sharma also said respite in interest rate is necessary to boost the overall housing finance industry and to reduce the cost of borrowing for the housing finance companies.
 
Talking about the overall growth projection, he said," Overall growth in loan portfolio is likely to be around 20% in the current financial year," he said.
 
He also said there is no concern on the asset quality of the NBFC.
 
"There is no concern on the asset quality front. We have a total NPA of only around Rs400 crore," he said.
 
Sharma, however, said that the real estate sector was not growing in the country with subdued activity in metro centres like Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
 
"Growth is pretty subdued in the metro centres like Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. However, there is a demand in tier-II and tier-III cities," he said.
 
LIC HF posted a 11% drop in its net profit to Rs228 crore in the first quarter of current financial year on the back of higher interest cost.
 
During Q1, it sanctioned Rs4,900 crore loans to individuals, a growth of 33% over the same period last year.
 
It also sanctioned around Rs410 crore loans to builders during this period, as against Rs5 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.
 

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ICICI Lombard introduces Complete Health Insurance product

The health insurance policy from ICICI Lombard comes with lifetime renewal with no restriction on maximum entry age

 
New Delhi: ICICI Lombard General Insurance has launched a flexible health insurance product with no restriction on maximum entry age, reports PTI.
 
The product called 'Complete Health Insurance' has been designed to meet the health insurance requirements of the customer and the complete family, ICICI Lombard Managing Director Bhargav Dasgupta said.
 
The policy comes with lifetime renewal with no restriction on maximum entry age, he said.
 
Besides, features such as a wide range of sum insured from Rs1 lakh to Rs50 lakh, OPD coverage and maternity benefits will be useful in meeting the consumers' health insurance requirements, he added.
 
Speaking about other features he said, the customer has a choice of opting critical illness cover for specified critical illnesses or medical procedures. A lumpsum amount is paid on the diagnosis of the critical illness.
 
In the event of hospitalisation exceeding 5 days, the cost of economy class air ticket up to Rs20,000 for the travel of immediate family member is reimbursed, he added.
 

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