In pursuance of the announcement made in the Union Budget 2019-20 presented by the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, the Government has issued a scheme regarding partial credit guarantee on 10.8.2019. The Scheme would enable the public sector banks (PSBs) to purchase pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs amounting to Rs. one lakh crore. It is expected that this measure would provide liquidity to the NBFC Sector and, in turn, enable them to continue to play their role in meeting the financing requirements of the productive sectors of economy including MSME, retail and housing.

For purchase of high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, amounting to a total of Rupees One lakh crore during the current financial year, Government will provide one time six months’ partial credit guarantee to Public Sector Banks for first loss of up to 10%

Name of the Scheme:

Partial Credit Guarantee offered by Government of India (GoI) to Public Sector Banks (PSBs) for purchasing high-rated pooled assets from financially sound Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)/Housing Finance Companies (HFCs)’.

Operational Guidance:

(i)   The assets shall be purchased by banks at fair value.

(ii)   Assets to be assigned by NBFCs/HFCs must be rated by Credit Rating Agencies (CRAs) accredited by Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

(iii) One-time guarantee provided by the GoI on the pooled assets will be valid for 24 months from the date of purchase and can be invoked on the occurrence of default as outlined under heading ‘D’ below. The guarantee shall cease earlier if the purchasing bank sells the pooled assets to the originating NBFC/HFC or any other entity, before the validity of the guarantee period.

(iv)  The purchasing banks may have service level agreements with the originating NBFCs/HFCs for servicing, including administration of the individual assets.

(v)   The NBFCs/HFCs can have the option to buy back their assets after a specified period of 12 months as a repurchase transaction, on a right of first refusal basis.

Eligible NBFCs/HFCs:

(i) The NBFCs registered with RBI under the Reserve Bank of India Act, excluding those registered as Micro Finance Institutions and Core Investment Companies.

(ii)   HFCs registered with National Housing Bank (NHB) under the National Housing Bank Act.

(iii)  The CRAR of NBFCs/CAR of HFCs should not be below the regulatory minimum (i.e. 15% for NBFCs and 12% for HFCs) as on 31.3.2019.

(iv)  Their net Non-Performing Asset should not be more than 6% as on 31.3.2019.

(v)   They should have made a net profit in at least one of the last two preceding financial years (i.e. FY 2017-18 and 2018-19).

(vi)  The NBFCs/HFCs should not have been reported under SMA category by any bank for their borrowings during last one year prior to 1.8.2018.

(vii) Micro Finance Institutions and Core Investment Companies are not covered under the Scheme.

Eligible NBFCs/HFCs:

  1. Assets originated up to 31.3.2019 will only be eligible under this scheme.
  2. Assets should be standard in the books of NBFCs/HFCs on the date of sale.
  3. The pool of assets should have minimum rating of ‘AA’ or equivalent at fair value prior to the partial credit guarantee by GoI.
  4. Each account under the pooled assets should have been fully disbursed and security charge should have been created in favour of the originating NBFCs/ HFCs.
  5. NBFCs/HFCs can sell up to a maximum of 20% of their standard assets as on 31.3.2019 subject to a cap of Rs. 5,000 crore at fair value. Any additional amount above the cap of Rs. 5,000 crore will be considered on pro rata basis, subject to availability of headroom.
  6. The underlying assets should represent the debt obligations of a homogeneous pool of obligors and individual asset size in the pool is capped at Rs. 5 crore (i.e. asset pool should be sufficiently granular).
  7. Originating NBFCs/HFCs cannot assign the following assets under this Scheme:

a)  Revolving credit facilities;

b)  Assets purchased from other entities; and

c)   Assets with bullet repayment of both principal and interest.