Personal guarantee must before loan restructuring: RBI

Personal guarantee must before loan restructuring: RBI

PTI | July 20, 2012 06:32 PM |

In cases where the restructuring package could not be implemented due to promoters’ non-adherence to terms and conditions, the banks shouldexercise exit option at the earliest with a view to minimise the losses

Mumbai: A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) panel has recommended banks should seek personal guarantee from promoters and adopt a
“carrot-and-stick policy” while restructuring loans of corporates, reports PTI.

“As stipulating personal guarantee will ensure promoters’ skin in the game or commitment to the restructuring package, obtaining the personal guarantee of promoters be made a mandatory requirement in all cases of restructuring,” the panel said in its report, on which it has invited comments of stakeholders by 21 August 2012.

The RBI had in January set up the panel to review the existing prudential guidelines on restructuring of advances by banks and financial institutions and suggest modifications taking into account the best international practices and accounting standards.

The panel, which is headed by RBI executive director B Mahapatra, said corporate guarantee should not be considered as a substitute for the promoters’ personal guarantee.

In cases where the restructuring package could not be implemented due to promoters’ non-adherence to terms and conditions, the banks should exercise exit option at the earliest with a view to minimise the losses, the report said.

“The terms and conditions of restructuring should inherently contain the principle of ‘carrot and stick’, that is while restructuring being an incentive for viable accounts, it should also have disincentives for non-adherence to the terms of restructuring and
under-performance,” it said.

The panel further said that conversion of debt into preference shares should be done only as a last resort. Also, conversion of debt into equity/preference shares should be restricted to a cap (say 10% of the restructured debt).

Conversion of debt into equity, it further said, should be done only in the case of listed companies.

The banks, according to the report, should disclose all recast loans on books, and from hereon keep a 5% provision for new standard loans recast, as against the existing norm of 2%.

These provisions, it added, could be implemented over a period of two years.

In view of the ongoing economic problems, ratings agency Crisil expects bad loans to rise to 3.2% of the total by March 2013.

Banks usually refer bad loans, which are provided under a consortium arrangement, forCorporate Debt Restructuring (CDR).

Crisil expects loan restructuring in India to rise to $37.5 billion, or 3.5% of total loans by March 2013.

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