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Refinance Policy for schematic lending for F.Y.2018-19- NBFCs-MFIs
Ref. No.NB.DoR / 198 / PPS - 156 / 2018-19
 
11 April 2018
Circular No.  80  / DoR - 26  / 2018         
The Chief Executive Officer
All NBFC-MFIs
 
Madam/Dear Sir
 
Refinance Policy for schematic lending for F. Y. 2018-19 – NBFC-MFIs
 
Please refer to our Cir. No. 88 / DOR -21 / 2017 dated 06.04.2017 on long term refinance policy for F. Y. 2017-18.  The refinance policy for 2018-19 has been finalized and is enclosed. 
 
2.  The Circular is also available on NABARD website www.nabard.org under the tab information Centre. 
 
3.  We request you to take advantage of the refinance facility made available to you for extending credit for the eligible purposes and clients. You may contact our Regional office in your state for further enquiries and clarification. 
 
4.   Please acknowledge receipt.
Yours faithfully
(Padma Raghunathan)
Chief General Manager 
Encls : 2 pages
 
Long Term Refinance Policy for NBFC-MFIs - F.Y. 2018-19
 
NABARD provides long-term refinance to the NBFC-MFIs, against the long-term loans provided by them in rural areas to the farmers, self-help groups, joint liability groups and others for agriculture, allied activities, rural housing as also for rural off-farm sector activities. 
 
The refinance policy for NBFC-MFIs for the F. Y. 2018-19 has been finalized and the salient features of the same are as under:
 
1. Eligibility criteria
 
i. Should have a certificate of registration under Sec. 45-IA of the RBI Act, 1934 to function as an approved financial institution.
ii. Should have been carrying on lending business, at least for last 5 years. 
iii. Should maintain capital adequacy ratio as stipulated by RBI from time to time (at present it is 15%). 
iv. Should have recorded net profit during 3 consecutive financial years preceding the previous year.
v. Net NPAs not exceeding 3% as on 31.03.2017.
vi. The Memorandum of Association should have a provision for borrowing from higher financing agencies.
vii. For the first 3 months of F. Y. 2018-19 or till such time as the audited balance sheet and Profit and Loss Account of the NBFC-MFI for the F. Y. 2017-18 are available, whichever is earlier, CRAR and Net NPA of the NBFC-MFI as on 31.03.2017 will be reckoned. For sanction and / or drawals thereafter, CRAR / Net NPA position as on 31.03.2018, as per the audited balance sheet will be reckoned.
 
2. Grading of NBFC-MFIs 
 
i. Eligibility of NBFC-MFI to avail refinance from NABARD should at least be one notch below top grading (i.e. mFR1 / MF1 or equivalent). The grading should have been awarded by CRISIL or any other SEBI approved grading agency.
ii. In case of North Eastern Region (including Sikkim), the eligibility norm is relaxed to two notches below top grading.
 
3. Interest rates 
 
i. Interest on refinance: The interest rates on refinance to NBFC-MFIs will be decided by NABARD based on tenor, prevailing market rate, risk perception etc. and is subject to revision from time to time. 
ii. Penal interest: In the event of default, penal interest rate at 2% p.a. over and above the interest rate at which refinance was disbursed will be charged on defaulted amount and for the period of default.
iii. Penalty for pre-payment of refinance: The pre-payment penalty will be 2.5% p.a. for residual period, other conditions remaining unchanged.
In case of pricing of credit, NBFC-MFI should follow the guidelines prescribed by Reserve Bank of India vide Master Circular No.RBI/DNBR/2016-17/44 [Master Direction DNBR.PD.007/03.10.119/2016-17] and RBI/DNBR/2016-17/45 [Master Direction DNBR.PD.008/03.10.119/2016-17] dated 01 September 2016 (as amended from time to time).
 
4. Quantum of refinance
 
? 90% for top graded (mFR1 / MF1 or equivalent) NBFC-MFIs.
? 85% for one notch below top graded agencies.
? 80% for two notches below top graded agencies [only for North Eastern Region, including Sikkim].
 
5. Automatic refinance
 
Automatic refinance facility will be extended to NBFC-MFIs for all kinds of projects under Farm Sector and Off-Farm Sector activities. In case the agency intends to avail refinance under pre-sanction procedure, they may submit projects to NABARD.
 
6. Repayment period
 
Repayment period for refinance will be minimum 18 months (minimum) and up to 5 years or above, to be repaid on half-yearly basis on 31 January / 31 July every year. Interest on refinance to be at paid half-yearly rests on 01 February and 01 August every year.
 
7. Security norms
 
The security norms prescribed for NBFC-MFIs are as under:
? Holding the securities obtained by NBFC-MFI for the loans covered by refinance, in trust, for the National Bank,
? Execution of General Refinance Agreement (GRA) with NABARD
? Mandate to debit Current Account with the principal banker of the NBFC-MFI.
? Board resolution in prescribed proforma.
? Assigning of book debts in favour of NABARD and registration of charge with the Registrar of Companies on the assets created out of refinance. However, in case of need, instead of assigning exclusive rights of the assets to NABARD for which refinance is availed, we may, as a special case, accept pari pasu rights on the assets of NBFC-MFI.
? Submission of duly signed and stamped Agreement for assignment of book debts, delivery letter and DPN formats, acknowledgement of debts / securities.
 
8. Others
 
i. NABARD will have the right to conduct spot verification / checks to ensure that the terms and conditions of refinance are adhered to.
ii. The eligibility norm will be applicable for drawal of refinance under both Farm and Off-Farm Sectors.
9. All other existing terms and conditions remain unchanged.