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Loan Recovery Data of Major Economies
Dec 2, 2017

Public Sector banks (PSB) had a field day on 24th October 2017 after the government's announcement of the recapitalisation plan. Under the plan, it is set to inject Rs 2.11 trillion into public sector banks over a period of two years. State-run bank stocks went up from 30% to 49% in a day.

The government's move was mainly aimed at resolving the long standing non-performing assets (NPA) problem of PSBs. It is expected to shore up the capital of state-run banks, spurring them to clean up the bad loan mess and revive lending.

But if historical data is anything to go by, implementation of such initiatives take a long time, especially in India. Recovery takes the longest time here as compared to other developed nations. India takes an average of 4.3 years to resolve insolvencies as compared to one year in the US. Also, recovery rates in India are amongst the lowest at 26.4%.

Although recapitalisation will benefit PSBs, it appears to be a temporary cure for a recurring disease. The main problem is the lending and corporate governance processes these banks follow. If there is improves in these operational processes, PSBs will continue to underperform in the long term.

Data Source: World Bank, Bloomberg Quint

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