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Friday, March 23, 2012

Manappuram to trim loan offer against gold

Manappuram Finance today said it will reduce the loan amount to 60 per cent of the gold value, at par with the Reserve Bank directions.

Currently, the average Loan-to-Value (LTV) offered by Manappuram Finance on its gold loan is at 66 per cent.

RBI earlier this week had directed all non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) not to sanction loan beyond 60 per cent of the value of gold jewellery.

"We are of the opinion that the new RBI measures will ultimately strengthen the well-capitalised established players in the business with sound operating and risk management practices," the Executive Chairman of Manappuram Finance, V P Nandakumar, said in a statement.

The central bank had also directed that NBFCs whose financial assets consist of loans against gold jewellery to the tune of 50 per cent or more, will have to maintain 12 per cent tier-I capital by April 1, 2014.

"The capital adequacy ratio of Manappuram Finance is already at 18.37 per cent (as on Dec 31, 2011) as against the 12 per cent to be attained by April 2014 stipulated by RBI," Nandakumar said.

Source: Financial Express


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