Indian banks face $37b hit from 50 stressed assets
Indian banks may have to write off 60 percent of the value of bad loans from their 50 large stressed asset accounts, or a hit of 2.4 trillion rupees ($37.31 billion), ratings agency CRISIL said on Wednesday.
The 50 stressed companies, which account for 4 trillion rupees in soured loans, are largely from the metals, construction and power industries and account for nearly half of the total non-performing assets in the banking sector as of the end of March, CRISIL said.
The credit agency, part of S&P Global, estimated that banks have provisioned for only around 40 percent of their exposure to these assets.
Banks had total non-performing loans of about 7.29 trillion rupees, or 5 percent of India's gross domestic product, as of end-March.