NBFCs and private sector banks have a significant opportunity to scale up their business by Rs. 4.5 lakh Cr. In the mid-corporate and MSME space over the next 2 years

12 June 2018

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"As on date, 11 PSBs have already been placed under PCA, resulting in deceleration in their loan book growth. For these 11 banks, overall loan book has degrown by around 3.3% in 2017-18 on the back of a de-growth of 3.6% in the previous year, primarily due to slowdown in lending to MSMEs and mid-corporates", Acuité Ratings & Research said in note.

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