ECGC to get Rs 4,400 cr capital infusion over 5 year period

By Sarkaritel September 29, 2021 21:30

ECGC to get Rs 4,400 cr capital infusion over 5 year period

New Delhi/Chennai, Sep 29  The Centre on Wednesday approved capital infusion of Rs 4,400 crore to the ECGC, formerly known as the Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India, over a period of five years.

The investments will be made from FY2021-2022 to FY2025-2026.

Besides, the approved infusion, along with the company’s listing process through the Initial Public Offering (IPO), is expected to increase the underwriting capacity of the ECGC to support more exports.

“Currently the maximum liability that the company can underwrite will be about Rs 1.1 lakh crore. With the additional capital of Rs 4,400 crore, the maximum liability that can be underwritten will be about Rs 2 lakh crore. The company’s net worth is Rs 5,600 crore,” Chairman-cum-Managing Director M.Senthilnathan had told IANS earlier.

According to him, the company’s current equity base is Rs 3,450 crore and the solvency ratio will be about 10-11 times against the prescribed level of 1.5 times.

The ECGC promotes exports by providing credit insurance services. Its products support around 30 per cent of India’s merchandise exports.

“ECGC plays a wider role in supporting exports from labour-intensive sectors and encourage bank lending to enterprises of small exporters, thereby leading to their revival. Capital infusion in the ECGC will enable it to expand its coverage to export- oriented industry, particularly labour-intensive sectors,” an official communique said on Wednesday.

“The approved amount will be infused in instalments, thereby increasing the capacity to underwrite risks up to Rs 88,000 crore and this will enable the ECGC to issue covers that can support additional exports of Rs 5.28 lakh crore over the five-year period in line with the existing pattern.”

According to report “Exports to Jobs” by the World Bank and the International Labour Organisation, Rs 5.28 lakh crore exports will lead to formalisation of 2.6 lakh workers.

Further, the total number of workers both formal and informal will increase by 59 lakh, as per the report.

About the business, Senthilnathan had said the Covid-19 pandemic has affected exports and in turn, the company’s business.

For FY21, the company had earned a premium of Rs 1,062 crore and the claims outgo was about Rs 900 crore to Rs 1,000 crore.

The premium income for FY20 was Rs 1,075 crore and the claims was about Rs 400 crore.

“The market is recovering. We hope to log positive growth. While there is export growth, there is no growth in export credit by the banks. Two thirds of our business is derived from export credit by the banks and the balance from the exporters,” Senthilnathan said.

Targeting a premium income of Rs 1,200 crore this year, Senthilnathan said the investment income will be similar to last fiscal’s figure of about Rs 850 crore.

By Sarkaritel September 29, 2021 21:30