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India: Expanding Micro and SME Lending in Semi-Urban and Rural Areas Project

Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 50191-001 Status: Approved

Project Details

Project Officer
Doukidis, Doukas Private Sector Operations Department Request for information
Country
  • India
Sector
  • Finance
 
Project Name Expanding Micro and SME Lending in Semi-Urban and Rural Areas Project
Project Number 50191-001
Borrower/Company Au Financiers (India) Limited
Country India
Location Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
7488 Debt Security Ordinary capital resources USD 75.00 million Approved
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Finance / Small and medium enterprise finance and leasing

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Private Sector Financial Institutions Division
Responsible ADB Officer Doukidis, Doukas
Project Sponsor(s)
Description
Objectives and Scope

(1) Support MSME growth and GOI priority sectors. ADB's funding will support growth of AU's Micro, and Small Enterprises (MSE) and Small, and Medium Enterprises (SME) portfolios and reach underserved customer segments in India directly as well as through other NBFCs. Over 85.0% of AU's loan portfolio is classified as Priority Sector Lending and will have significant financial inclusion and job creation effects. It will also support education and healthcare segments in rural India. AU has provided funding to 250 schools, helping approximately 30,000 rural children with improved educational infrastructure in rural and semi urban areas.

(2) Provide access to longer tenor debt. AU had historically focused on CV financing, with relatively shorter tenors loans. As the management continues to diversify its loan portfolio and grow its MSEs, and SME businesses that are of relatively longer tenor, AU needs to tap longer tenor financing. This is also highlighted in ICRA's credit ratings note issued in March 2016. ADB's loan will provide scarce medium-term funds to AU needed to diversify its product portfolio.

- Diversification of funding sources. Bilateral assignments and securitization with other banks are significant sources for AU's funding. As AU transitions to an SFB, management will focus on retaining a higher percentage of assets on its books and decrease its reliance on bilateral assignments and securitizations with other banks. ADB's funding will support the diversification of AU's funding sources.

Status of Development Objectives On track in meeting its development objectives.
Status of Operation/Construction On-going.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Midterm Review of Strategy 2020 emphasizes ADB's support to the financial sector by helping to develop financial infrastructure, institutions, and products and services. The proposed transaction contributes to financial sector development by supporting the growth of a Small Finance Bank, an important component of the financial sector in India. The Midterm Review of Strategy 2020 also seeks to promote inclusive growth. Without access to formal financial services, lower income people or underserved segments will be excluded from the growth process and its benefits. According to the India country partnership strategy, 2013 -2017, ADB's nonsovereign operations will continue to support the infrastructure and financial sectors by undertaking selective projects for physical and social infrastructure and financial infrastructure. The proposed transaction will support the development of microfinance in India, one of the financial infrastructures identified in the country partnership strategy and a high priority for the government.
Safeguard Categories
Environment
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects AU has an existing Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS) that applies an exclusion list and procedures based on the size of the loan to address environmental and social risks of projects. Prior to disbursement of the ADB financing, the company will enhance its existing ESMS to comply with ADB Safeguards Policy Statement requirements by updating its exclusion list, screening, and categorization procedures.
Involuntary Resettlement The proposed debt financing will be used by AU to support inclusive sector segments including MSE, and SME , with targeted customers involved in trading, wholesale, distribution, education and healthcare facilities, commercial vehicle finance, and construction finance. AU will not utilize ADB funding to finance projects with category A impacts on the environment, or projects with category A or B impacts for involuntary resettlement or indigenous peoples.
Indigenous Peoples The proposed debt financing will be used by AU to support inclusive sector segments including MSE, and SME, with targeted customers involved in trading, wholesale, distribution, education and healthcare facilities, commercial vehicle finance, and construction finance. AU will not utilize ADB funding to finance projects with category A impacts on the environment, or projects with category A or B impacts for involuntary resettlement or indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation The primary stakeholders in the project are the MSME borrowers who will seek loans from AU for their working capital and investment needs. Details of the consultation and participation activities and grievance and dispute resolution will be included in the company's ESMS.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 23 Sep 2016
Credit Committee Meeting 23 Sep 2016
Approval 31 Oct 2016
Last PDS Update 12 Jun 2019

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