RBI revises capital adequacy, liquidity and disclosure norms for Non-banking financial companies (NBFCs)

To protect the interests of the depositors, deposit taking NBFCs (NBFC-D) were subject to prudential regulation on various aspects of their functioning. However, non-deposit taking NBFCs (NBFCs-ND) were subject to minimal regulation. In the light of the evolution and integration of the financial sector, Reserve Bank of India had decided that all systemically relevant entities offering financial services ought to be brought under a suitable regulatory framework to contain systemic risk.

Therefore, as a first step, in a notification dated December 12, 2006 all NBFCs ND with an asset size of Rs. 100 crore and more as per the last audited balance sheet were considered as systemically important NBFC ND (NBFC-ND-SI) and specific regulatory framework involving prescription of capital adequacy and exposure norms was put in place from April 01, 2007 for such NBFCs-ND-SI.

On a review of the experience with the regulatory framework, RBI in notification dated August 1, 2008, decided to enhance the capital adequacy requirement and put in place guidelines for liquidity management and reporting, as also norms for disclosures.

Capital adequacy

NBFCs ND SI were advised to maintain a minimum Capital to Risk- Assets Ratio (CRAR) of 10% with effect from April 01, 2007. However, in view of recent international developments, the risks associated with highly leveraged borrowings and reliance on short term funds by some NBFCs to fund long gestation assets, concerns have arisen regarding the enhanced systemic risk associated with the activities of these entities. Keeping in view the importance of providing adequate capital charge for the same in order to enhance the cushion for any shocks, it has been decided to increase the minimum capital to risk assets ratio (CRAR) for NBFCs-ND-SI from the present prescription of 10%. They are advised to achieve 12% CRAR by March 31, 2009 and further 15% CRAR by March 31, 2010.

Disclosure in the Balance Sheet

In the light of the concerns as expressed above, the disclosure norms in respect of NBFCs-ND-SI have been reviewed and it has been decided that such Systemically Important NBFCs-ND shall make additional disclosures in their Balance Sheet from the year ending March 31, 2009 relating to:

i. Capital to Risk Assets Ratio (CRAR)
ii. Exposure to real estate sector, both direct and indirect
iii. Maturity pattern of assets and liabilities

Asset Liability Management (ALM) Reporting

To address concerns regarding Asset Liability mismatches and interest rate risk exposures, an ALM System was introduced for the Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) as part of their overall system for effective risk management in their various portfolios vide Company Circular DNBS (PD).CC.No.15 /02.01 / 2000-2001 dated June 27, 2001. While it was stated therein that the guidelines would be applicable to all NBFCs irrespective of whether they are accepting / holding public deposits or not, to begin with, NBFCs meeting the criteria of asset base of Rs.100 crore (whether accepting / holding public deposits or not) or holding public deposits of Rs. 20 crore or more (irrespective of their asset size) as per their audited balance sheet as of March 31, 2001 were required to put in place the ALM System. The companies were advised that the guidelines should be fully operationalised by the year ending March 31, 2002. A system of half yearly reporting was also put in place for NBFCs holding public deposits.






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