HOME > BUSINESS > Indian corporates to benefit from higher growth – Moody’s

Indian corporates to benefit from higher growth – Moody’s

economyAmid the slightly cautious atmosphere regarding a revival in Indian corporate earnings, Moody’s Investor Service has come out saying that it expects things to get better.

It said most non-financial corporates it rates in India will benefit from strong domestic growth and accommodative monetary policy (lower interest rateas), although weak global growth and a potential US rate hike will weigh on businesses.

“Healthy 7.5% GDP growth for India for the fiscal year ending March 2017 (FY2017) and a pick-up in manufacturing activity will be broadly supportive of business growth,” said Vikas Halan, a Moody’s Vice President and Senior Credit Officer.

“However, the corporates remain vulnerable to the volatile Indian rupee as against the US dollar and to low commodity prices, which has in turn led to a sharp decline in external trade,” added Halan.

Halan was speaking on the release of Moody’s 2016 outlook presentation for Indian non-financial corporates.

The fall in commodity prices has benefited many Indian corporates given the country’s status as a net important of raw materials and its recent history of high inflation.

The resultant moderating inflation should result in lower borrowing costs for corporates and yields on corporate bonds, says Moody’s.

But despite these overall supportive domestic conditions for the country’s corporates, potential headwinds loom from a loss of reform momentum, it added.

“The Modi administration so far this year has been unable to enact legislation on key reforms, including a unified goods and services tax and the Land Acquisition Bill.

“It seems highly unlikely that the major reforms will get enacted by the upper house of the Indian parliament where the ruling coalition is in minority. A failure to implement these reforms could hamper investment amid weak global growth.”

By sector, Moody’s expects upstream oil & gas companies to benefit from lower fuel subsidy burdens, although low crude and domestic natural gas prices will continue to hurt profitability.

Refining and marketing companies meanwhile should benefit from healthy margins as demand growth outpaces expected capacity additions.

Moody’s negative outlook for the steel industry reflects elevated leverage and an extended period of low prices due to continuing steel imports, while the negative outlook for metals and mining companies reflects bleak global commodity prices.

In the real estate sector Moody’s expects demand to improve in 2016 on the back of lower interests rates, although approval delays could push back project launches for property developers.

In the auto sector, Moody’s expects retail sales volumes to grow 6% in 2016 on the back of sustained growth in passenger vehicles sales and a recovery in commercial vehicle sales.

The telecom companies that Moody’s rates in India have reported improving revenue per user (ARPU) and EBITDA margins, however competition remains intense and the regulatory framework continues to evolve.

Follow ULTRA.news
Amara Raja inaugurates new 2-wheeler battery plant Amara Raja Batteries Ltd said it has inaugurated the first phase of its two-wheeler battery plant in Chittoor with a capacity of 5 mln units per year. Before this, the company had a capacity of only 12 mln two-wheeler batteries per year. The new plant will have an ultimate...
Manufacturing sentiment steady in Q3; Auto, Cap Goods, Metals bullish FICCI’s latest quarterly survey on Manufacturing indicates a pause in the steady improvement seen in optimism on quarterly production levels. The percentage of respondents expecting production in the current quarter (Oct-Dec) to be higher than last quarter fell to 47% from 50...
Royal Orchid opens 46th hotel in Dwarka, Gujarat Royal Orchid Hotels announced the opening of its new hotel in the pilgrimage town of Dwarka in Gujarat. “We are taking continuous steps towards expanding our presence all over India. The new hotel launch in Dwarka is one such move towards our aim," said Chander K. Baljee, Mana...
TT to set up mega garment plant in UP to move from textiles to garments TT Ltd said it has decided to set up a mega garment plant in place of Spinning Machinery at Gajroula in Uttar Pradesh. The move is part of its attempt to diversify from textile making to making garments. "TT is exiting from spinning and entering the garmenting and fabric b...
Havells to expand ‘Standard’ brand beyond switches, targets 1,000 cr sales Havells India said it has launched water heaters, switches and MCBs under its Standard Electricals brand, which has been known for its switchgear for close to five decades in India. The company said that it expects to expand sales under Standard to Rs 1000 crore in the next 3...
GST complaints coming mainly from tax-evaders – Adi Godrej Adi Godrej, chairman of one of India's largest manufacturing and real estate groups, said most of the complaints about the new Goods and Services Tax is coming from businesses that have been built on a model of tax evasion. "The complaints about the GST are mainly coming from ...
TCS inaugurates mega campus in Thane, to eventually relocate most Mumbai employees Tata Consultancy Services said it inaugurated the first phase of Thane delivery center that will have the capacity to seat 30,000 employees when fully developed, which will make it the largest in Mumbai. The company, which has a huge operation in Vikhroli in the city, said it...
NRI bank accounts see mega outflows as Gulf crisis hits earnings Net bank deposits by non-resident Indians have fallen by nearly 90% so far this financial year as more and more foreign workers dipped into their bank accounts in the face of a crisis in the Gulf region, industry association ASSOCHAM said. Net bank deposits -- the difference ...
Prakash Industries to double production capacity in two years Prakash Industries, one of India's biggest PVC pipe manufacturers, said it has decided to double its production capacity over the next two years. The investment will be entirely funded from the company's internal funds. "Over the (last 37) years, the company has enhanced i...
Moody’s to train SBI employees to appraise loan applicants State Bank of India, the country's largest bank, said Moody’s Analytics will train its employees to source, appraise and monitor loans. SBI employees will be granted the Moody’s Analytics Certificate in Commercial Credit (CICC) as part of the program. The program has been...
PC Jeweller signs Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna for pan-India expansion PC Jeweller, the Delhi-based jewellery chain, said it signed up Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna as it gets ready for a pan-India expansion. The brand, which started 12 years ago with a single shop in Karol Bagh in New Delhi, today has close to 80 outlets. Most...
Wipro opens center for embedded automotive solutions in Romania IT services provider Wipro Limited said it has established a center for automotive technology in Timisoara, Romania to focus on embedded solutions such as in-vehicle entertainment, cluster display, telematics, connected cars and driver assistance systems. The company plans to...
Moody’s downgrades IDBI Bank over lower govt support Moody's Investors Service has downgraded debt issued by IDBI Bank over concerns on "reduction in the amount of extraordinary government support incorporated into the bank's ratings and its weak standalone credit profile," the bank said. While earlier, Moody's used to assume t...
Idea launches 4G in Srinagar, offers 84 GB for Rs 392 Idea Cellular, India's third largest telco by revenue, launched its 4G services in Srinagar. This is the 26th town in Jammu & Kashmir to get Idea 4G services, which are also present in Jammu, Udhampur, Katra, Samba, Poonch, Rajauri, Kathua, in addition to Srinagar. "Idea ...
India to announce new industrial policy in October The Indian government is likely to announce a new industrial policy in October, the ministry of commerce and industry said, and sought feedback from the public. Commerce and industry minister Nirmala Seetharaman will hold a final round of consultations with stakeholders soon,...
Modi’s reforms drag, power plants to face low loads, study India’s energy sector is facing low capacity utilisation in power generation as plant load factor is estimated to remain low at around 62 per cent until 2018-19, noted a recent ASSOCHAM-Crisil joint study. The study also expressed concern over the slow pace of reform implement...
Expecting waivers, farmers stop paying back bank loans? The write-off of farm loans in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra seems to be encouraging farmers in other states to stop paying back their farm loans to make sure that they will get the benefits of any farm loan waiver program in their state. This has led to a sharp increase in farm ...
Indigo targets 20% growth every year; move towards owned aircraft IndiGo Airlines, India's largest airline by far, is in no mood to go easy on its rapid expansion in coming years, the company said. The company, which accounted for 85% of the total capacity added in the country in the last five years and grew its seats at 24% per year on aver...
IT companies using illegal tactics to force workers to resign: FITE The Forum for IT Employees, arguably the IT workers rights organization with the largest number of well-wishers and supporters, accused IT companies of using illegal and unethical means to force their workers to submit their resignations. In a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Mi...
Demonetization took India forward by 3 years – SBI The demonetization of currency notes late last year has doubled the number of card transactions and helped push India's payment digitisation by three years, State Bank of India said in a note. "Even after seven months post demonetization, the transaction value is quite large ...