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Apr 08, 2018 06:48 PM IST | Source: PTI

'Two-wheeler loans grow 32% in 2017; Gujarat has highest NPAs'

The Thane district, on the northern fringe of the Mumbai metropolitan area, had the highest asset quality stress in the segment, the data said.

Two-wheeler loans witnessed an impressive 32 percent growth in 2017 led by non-bank lenders, and Gujarat had the highest incidence of non-payments by borrowers.

The Thane district, on the northern fringe of the Mumbai metropolitan area, had the highest asset quality stress in the segment, the data said.

"The loan growth is led by non-bank lenders, which indicates a good showing by the captive non-bank finance companies promoted by the auto-makers," Kalpana Pandey, the managing director and chief executive for CRIF High Mark, told PTI.

The company, one of three major credit information firms, said the gross loan portfolio for the two-wheeler segment grew to Rs 39,100 crore as of December 2017, with the NBFCs growing 37 percent.

From a market share perspective, the proportion of NBFCs grew to 67 percent from the 60 percent level two years ago, it said.

Pandey said indications are that the loans growth is out-pacing the one recorded earlier, pointing out that if one were to compare the first nine months of the fiscal year 2017-18 that ended in December, the growth is over 35 percent.

Maharashtra is the biggest two-wheeler loan market, accounting for Rs 579 crore of the book, and the share of the state grew by 0.55 percent during the year.

From an NPA perspective, Gujarat has the biggest portfolio at risk, with 3 percent of the loans overdue for 90 to 180 days, followed by Maharashtra, Karnataka and Rajasthan from an NPA perspective, its data said.

Thane has NPAs of 4.46 percent, which is followed by Ahmedabad (3.84 percent) and Surat (3.61 percent), it said.

The aggregate NPAs for the entire portfolio stands at 2.02 percent.

The private sector lenders who account for over 30 percent share of the market —- the state-run lenders are virtually absent —- have a better hold over the NPAs with a 1.07 percent of the book in stress as against 2.45 percent for the NBFCs.

In terms of penetration of formal finance, the data said 50 lakh vehicles got financed in the first nine months of FY18, as against the industry estimate of two crore sales in the last fiscal.

Also, as per data, there is a shift in the market to vehicles with higher costs, which has also increased the average ticket size of loans to over Rs 48,000.

Even though the market players say there is a high share of the rural market in auto sales, the CIC data said the urban areas and metros led with a 55 percent share of loans while the rural areas had 30 percent.
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