Debt-ridden infrastructure, aviation among sectors stalling India’s corporate growth

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In response to a mainstay final week, in that we had created about a burgeoning debt of a Indian corporates, many readers wrote in on a amicable media seeking that are a sectors that have a many debt.

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In this mainstay we will try and answer that question. For this analysis, non banking and financial companies belonging to a BSE 500 have been considered. The sum series of these companies comes to 433 and is a good illustration of corporate India.

Also, for a research usually those sectors that have a debt of some-more than Rs 10,000 crore and that have 3 or some-more companies in a listed space, have been considered. This has been finished to get absolved of whimsical results. After carrying out this practice 27 sectors of a strange 57, remained. These sectors have taken on tighten to 95 percent of a debt of all a companies creatively deliberate in a sample.

Further information has been divided into dual slots. The initial container has information from 2003-04 to 2013-14. And a second container has a information from 2014-15, a final financial year. This has been finished to radically since a finish information for 2014-15 is still not available.

Let’s take a demeanour during a following table. This list has been sorted on a basement of a sectors that had a limit volume of debt as on 31 Mar 2014. The list shows a tip thirteen rarely gladdened sectors. These sectors have around 83 percent of a sum debt of a 433 companies that are a partial of this sample. The 7 sectors with a debt of some-more than Rs 1,00,000 crore each, have taken on around 68.2 percent of a sum debt.


What this list clearly tells us is that a limit of debt is in sectors handling in a earthy infrastructure space. And interestingly, these are a sectors that have a limit volume of bad loans as good as stressed assets. As a RBI financial fortitude news expelled towards a finish of 2014 forked out: “Five sub-sectors: infrastructure, iron and steel, textiles, mining (including coal) and aviation, had significantly aloft levels of stressed assets.” Stressed resources are radically those loans of banks where a borrower has possibly stopped to repay this loan or a loan has been restructured, where a borrower has been authorised easier terms to repay a loan (which also entails some detriment for a bank) by augmenting a reign of a loan or obscure a seductiveness rate.

It also needs to be forked out that a debts of a companies in these rarely gladdened sectors have left adult by around 9.4 times over a decade. In comparison a sales have left adult usually 5.2 times. What this clearly tells us is that a efficacy of each additional rupee of debt in formulating sales has been entrance down.

Things get even some-more engaging when we arrange a information on a basement of a debt to equity ratio of


these companies. The net distinction domain (net distinction voiced as a commission of sales) of twelve out of thirteen sectors has come down. And some of these sectors have seen thespian falls in profitability. Take a box of power-generation and placement zone where a distinction domain has depressed from 23.83 percent to 9.14 percent over a duration of 10 years. The margins of a steel zone have depressed from 12.13 percent to 2.99 percent.

The outrageous burst in debt servicing costs (Debt amends and seductiveness remuneration on superb debt) is a vital reason for a same.

The usually zone where a net distinction domain has left adult is rather surprisingly a genuine estate sector. The distinction domain has jumped from 8.12 percent to 9.73 percent. But as good all know, numbers of a genuine estate zone can't unequivocally trusted.

How were things in 2014-2015? The tip thirteen rarely gladdened sectors form around 85.3 percent of a sum debt of 384 companies that have reported their annual results. This is identical to a conditions as it prevailed in 2013-2014.


The net distinction margins of 10 out of a 13 sectors have come down further. Only in box of a mining and vegetable products zone has a net distinction domain left adult by a poignant level. What these numbers clearly tell us is that a Indian corporate zone continues to sojourn in a outrageous disaster since of a outrageous debt that it has piled adult over a years and is now anticipating it formidable to compensate it back. This is a problem that can't be sorted overnight and will continue to impact mercantile expansion of a nation in a days to come.

Data grant by Kishor Kadam

(Vivek Kaul is a author of a Easy Money trilogy. He tweets @kaul_vivek)