Covered bond issuances increase to Rs 2,200 cr in FY21: ICRA report

Domestic covered bond issuances have witnessed a sharp increase to about Rs 2,220 crore in FY2021 as against the issuances of Rs 400 crore seen in the preceding fiscal, said a report by ICRA Ratings.
These bonds have been issued so far by non-banking financial corporations (NBFCs), nine in FY2021 compared to two in FY2020.
“The covered bonds have seen improved acceptance in the Indian market mainly in H2 FY2021 as it provides a ‘dual recourse’ benefit to the investor, i.e. the repayment obligation has to be met by the entity and in case of failure to do so, by a pool of assets assigned to a trust,” the rating agency said.
It said that given the uncertainty on collections due to the pandemic, the protection available to an investor of a covered bond improves when compared with the conventional securitisation of the pool of assets.
The domestic market for covered bonds is still in the nascent stages with the first issuance seen in FY2019.
This structured product, however, has been a
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