SKS Microfinance Q3 profit declines by 38.41%

SKS Microfinance Monday reported a 38.41 percent decline in net profit at Rs 34.15 crore for the October-December period owing to higher provisioning and bad loan write-offs during this quarter.

Mumbai: SKS Microfinance Monday reported a 38.41 percent decline in net profit at Rs 34.15 crore for the October-December period owing to higher provisioning and bad loan write-offs during this quarter.
     
SKS, the only-listed microfinance company in the country, had a net profit of Rs 55.45 crore in the December quarter of the previous fiscal (2009-10).
     
The total provisioning and write offs for Q3 FY'11 was Rs 100.75 crore, which includes additional provisioning of Rs 26.98 crore, SKS said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.
     
It said that the total provisioning and write offs include Rs 58.74 crore relating to its portfolio in Andhra Pradesh.
     
In October last year, the Andhra Pradesh government had came out with an ordinance against the aggressive recovery practices of the micro-lenders and sought to restrict the high interest rates charged by them.
     
After a spate of suicides being reported in Andhra, which accounts for nearly 27 percent of the company's total business, the state government sought to restrict the lending rates, which could run up to as high as 30 percent.
     
Following the Ordinance, SKS has cut its annual rate of interest for the state to 24.55 percent from 26.69 percent.
     
Meanwhile, the shares of SKS Microfinance closed 1.03 percent lower at Rs 684.10 on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

PTI

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