DESPITE the impact of the second wave of COVID-19, securitisation volumes by non-banking financial companies and housing finance companies surged 2.3 times to Rs 17,500 crore of their loan assets in the first quarter of 2021-22, according to a report.
During the first quarter of 2020-21, the volumes had significantly fallen to Rs 7,500 crore due to the pandemic and the resultant nationwide lockdown in March 2020, Icra Ratings said in a report released on Friday.
The agency expects securitisation volumes for NBFCs and HFCs in FY2022 could be more than Rs 1.2 lakh crore, of which the majority would be in H2 FY2022 if there is no resurgence of COVID infections in the country. “Despite the onset of the second wave in April 2021, securitisation volumes saw robust Y-o-Y growth in Q1 FY2022. This was because the lockdowns during the current fiscal were localised and less stringent compared to the nationwide lockdown last year,” the agency’s Vice President and Group Head (structured finance ratings) Abhishek Dafria said.
There was gradual ease in lockdowns in June across most geographies and gradual improvement in collection efficiencies of NBFCs thereby gives investors the necessary comfort to participate in securitisation, he added.
Another factor that supported volumes was the segment has been able to restrict decline in collections and thus been able to find investor interest in securitisation of its assets, Dafria said.