SBI MSME loans: State Bank of India teams up with Edelweiss for credit support to small businesses
SBI MSME loans: ECL Finance Limited — a subsidiary of Edelweiss and SBI have signed a Co-Origination agreement to increase access to credit for MSMEs.
SBI MSME loans: ECL Finance Limited — a subsidiary of Edelweiss Financial Services Limited — and State Bank of India (SBI) — India’s largest bank — has signed a Co-Origination agreement to increase access to credit for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Pursuant to Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) guidelines on co-origination of loans by banks and NBFCs, the alliance aims to leverage combined reach in tier II and tier III markets to ensure timely disbursal of credit to MSMEs. This collaboration involves the sharing of risks and rewards between Banks and NBFCs and is a win-win for all involved parties; MSME customers, Banks and Edelweiss, creating a lending environment that truly democratizes credit flows to an important socio-economic segment. The partnership between SBI and Edelweiss comes close on the heels of SBI setting up a special NBFC Alliance department to step up lending to the priority sector.
Speaking on the development, Rashesh Shah, Chairman & CEO of Edelweiss Group said, “We are delighted to partner with the prestigious State bank of India and be a part of this priority sector lending initiative for MSMEs. We believe that revival is possible only by making credit available to this vital contributor to the Indian economy. Edelweiss and SBI are collaborating to make reasonably priced credit accessible for the priority sector segment.’’
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Elaborating upon the announcement, PK Gupta, Managing Director – Retail & Digital Banking at SBI said, “The partnership will boost the credit availability to the MSME community, which contributes substantially to the GDP. The wide reach of SBI will give access to cost-effective loans to the MSME sector in non-metros.”
Deepak Mittal, MD & CEO, ECL Finance added, “This collaboration will help both SBI and Edelweiss leverage their respective strengths on customer acquisition, credit assessment and state-of-art technology, to bring down the cost of credit for the MSME sector substantially. Having recently won the Best NBFC in SME Finance award, at the India NBFC Summit, this unique tie-up is a further testament of Edelweiss’ abilities in acquiring high-quality customers and due diligence of credit assessment.”
For Edelweiss, Co-Origination represents an alternate model of disbursals that is asset-light and creates a sound revenue model through fee income. SBI brings capital flows at low costs, which when combined with Edelweiss’ expertise, would be able to meet the credit needs of MSME customers. For MSME customers, this translates into easy access to credit at lower rates, given a specialized blended rate of interest.
The Credit business has been a significant growth engine for the Edelweiss Group because of its size, scalability and a growing presence pan India. The retail segment accounts for 50 per cent of the credit business. This is the third Co-Origination MoU in quick succession for Edelweiss, after Bank of Baroda and Central Bank of India.