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Cracking 'bad bank' tough nut, but it's not impossible, say experts

Cracking 'bad bank' tough nut, but it's not impossible, say experts
The NPA problem and the effect on bank balance sheets has not improved despite the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) processThe idea of a ‘bad (loans) bank’ is back on the table as loans gone sour at Indian banks near Rs 10 trillion.Details are sketchy yet on whether the asset reconstruction company (ARC) in this regard would be owned by the government or have non-state participants. Either way, say experts, this is not going to be an easy task. In any case, there are precedents in India, albeit much smaller in scale. A direct example can be found in the Stressed Assets Stabilisation Fund (SASF), formed in 2004 by the Government of India, to recover Rs 90 billion bad debt of the erstwhile Industrial Development Bank of India (later converted into IDBI Bank). The government issued bonds against the debt and the balance sheet was cleaned. For some accounts, the fund did recover a substantial amount. However,…

New Accounting Rules may Deal Rs 20kcr Blow to Builder

New Accounting Rules may Deal Rs 20kcr Blow to Builder
Realtors will have to write back profits retrospectively on all incomplete projects The implementation of a new accounting standard from this fiscal will force listed real estate companies to write back profits made over the past few years from all projects that are not complete. That could hit the balance sheets of companies, many of which are still recovering from their debt-fuelled spending binges of the past decade or so. Developers have written to the government seeking relief. Under IND-AS 115, in line with international norms, listed real estate companies will have to write back about ?20,000 crore from their net worth in the current fiscal itself, said a top industry executive, asking not to be named.The new accounting standard took effect in April.Real estate companies will have to switch to the Project Completion Method from the existing Percentage Completion Method (POC). Under the previous norm, home buyer payments toward …

CEOs Expect FY19 GDP to Grow More Than 7%: CII Poll

CEOs Expect FY19 GDP to Grow More Than 7%: CII Poll
Most of the industry leaders also see a pickup in capacity utilisation due to increased demand Investment in the country is likely to get a strong boost with the economy set to grow past the 7% mark in the current fiscal year, a CII poll of CEOs has indicated. A majority of the CEOs polled expect a pickup in capacity utilisation in industry due to increased demand, as well as creation of more jobs. The economy is in a sweet spot right now as the adjustment process regarding major reforms of the past few years is largely stabilised and industry is ready for a fresh phase of investment while capacity utilisation builds up,” said CII president Rakesh Bharti Mittal said. As much as Rs 50,000 crore of investments have recently been announced, noted the CII. “Industry is looking forward to GDP growth rate picking up to close to 8% over the next couple of years. Fiscal prudence, able macroeconomic management and strong reforms process have set …

GST, Infrastructure Status Drive PE Investments in Warehousing

GST, Infrastructure Status Drive PE Investments in Warehousing
Government initiatives such as Make in India, implementation of the Goods & Services Tax and infrastructure status for the logistics sector have been pushing both demand for and investment in warehousing and industrial real estate across the country. The infrastructure status to the logistics sector that includes industrial parks, cold chains and warehousing facilities has been helping in attracting private investments in these sectors. While investors eyed opportunities in this sector in anticipation of the reforms to be implemented by the government, the flow of investment has gained further momentum now. “Warehousing and logistics have emerged as one of the biggest growth areas in recent times. We have seen Rs 15,000 crore private equity investments in warehousing space since 2014. While it made up around 10% of total private equity investment in 2017, the share is now expected to grow further, claiming larger share of …

Amendment to IBC will Help Small Stakeholders but Delay Resolution

Amendment to IBC will Help Small Stakeholders but Delay Resolution
Revised Act says corporate debtor can file insolvency petition only if its shareholders pass special resolution The recent amendment to the bankruptcy law — that requires shareholder approval before a company files for insolvency and also mandates that the administrator convince the tribunal that the resolution plan is effectively implementable — will benefit small stakeholders but delay resolution. Last week, the Indian president approved to promulgate the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, which was cheered for bringing home loan buyers at par with financial creditors besides other changes. The revised Act says the corporate debtor can file insolvency commencement petition only if its shareholders pass a special resolution. “This restricts access to IBC by corporate debtor which is contrary to global best practices,” said Sumant Batra, insolvency expert and managing partner of Kesar Dass. “This w…

GST amendments in Monsoon Session to make returns simpler

GST amendments in Monsoon Session to make returns simpler
The proposed GST changes will do away with filing returns under GSTR2 and GSTR3, modify the composition scheme, and eliminate ambiguities in the laws The government is set to table amendments to goods and service tax laws in the monsoon session of Parliament to simplify GST returns filings, modify the composition scheme under which small traders can pay tax based on their revenue, and eliminate ambiguities in the laws. The proposed GST changes will do away with the need for filing tax returns on purchases made by businesses, called GSTR2, and comprehensive returns called GSTR3. At the moment, these returns have been kept in abeyance and businesses only file sales returns, called GSTR1, and GSTR3B summary returns. The GST Council had in May approved a new system where all taxpayers need to file a single return and small businesses need to file quarterly returns, after a six-month transition period, under the composition scheme.The f…