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Neither Billionaires Nor Poor Can Escape India Shadow Lender Woe

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(Bloomberg) — When India’s shadow lenders sneeze, many others catch a cold. Debt concerns have pushed funding costs for non-bank financing companies to multi-year highs in recent weeks. That’s bad news for borrowers in the world’s fastest-growing major economy — from poor entrepreneurs getting micro loans for food delivery businesses to property tycoons looking to roll over debt that fueled a construction boom.

Neither Billionaires Nor Poor Can Escape India Shadow Lender Woe

Spreads on top-rated five-year bonds of Indian non-bank lenders have risen 75 basis points from the end of August to near their widest levels since 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The problems started late last year following shock defaults at shadow lender IL&FS group. Things looked better briefly earlier this year after authorities stepped in to increase liquidity, but more surprises popped up in the past few months. Debt concerns at conglomerate Essel Group and troubles for mortgage lender Dewan Housing Finance Corp. have since pushed financing costs higher.

“Recent issues with a few non-bank lenders created a second wave of worry, the issues we thought were dissipating early January are now resurfacing,” said Prakash Agarwal, head of financial institutions at India Ratings. “The cost of funds for lower-rated NBFCs will become disproportionately higher as we go forward.”

Non-bank lenders with AA ratings were paying about 10.68 percent for money last month, up 64 basis points since September, according to the latest analysis by CARE Ratings of weighted average rates. Shadow banks have been trying to migrate to longer-term funding sources to plug asset liability mismatches.

That trend may continue as shorter-term financing costs have also edged up again. Average interest rates on NBFC commercial paper rose to 7.9 percent in February from 7.76 percent the previous month, paring declines from a peak last year, according to CARE.

Essel’s debt worries ricocheted through India’s money markets last month and debt instruments at Dewan Housing were downgraded amid corporate governance concerns.

ICRA expects growth in lending by NBFCs to halve in the second half of the 2019 fiscal year to 12 percent on the back of the funding squeeze and risk aversion. The non-bank lenders account for 50 percent of overall borrowing from the debt market, according to ICRA.

“The NBFC funding crisis has to be addressed specifically in terms of measures to reduce credit spreads,” says Srinivas Varadarajan, managing director for fixed income and currencies at Deutsche Bank AG in Mumbai. One option would be for the central bank to take AAA rated corporate debt as collateral, with a government guarantee, he said.

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Delhi: Businesses can now remain open 24×7, over 300 applications cleared by L-G

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From restaurants to transport services and BPOs to online delivery services, all those who apply for exemptions will be allowed to operate 24×7 in Delhi starting next week, with Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena approving the proposal to exempt 314 such places to operate all day long, some of them pending since 2016, officials said.

“The L-G has directed that notification to this effect be issued within seven days. The decision of providing exemption under Sections 14, 15 & 16 of the Delhi Shops & Establishment Act, 1954, is expected to boost employment generation and promote a positive and favorable business environment that is a prerequisite for economic growth. The decision will also provide a fillip to the much desired ‘nightlife’ in the city,” said an official.

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Swiggy Instamart figures, Mumbaikars ordered 570 times more condoms in the last one year

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Customers are also ordering medical-related things through online shopping platforms. In metros like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Bangalore, people are buying goods online in large numbers. People living in metro cities including Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai ordered an average of 6 million eggs in the last year.

These days people are doing online shopping fiercely in the country. Through Grocery Service Platforms, the goods of need are easily reaching people’s homes. From vegetables to medicines, just a few clicks on the smartphone are reaching people’s doorsteps. According to a survey, Swiggy Instamart has provided service to more than 9 million users between June 2021 and June 2022. In metros like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Bangalore, people are buying goods online in large numbers.

Healthcare products orders

Customers are also ordering medical-related things through online shopping platforms. According to a survey, Mumbaikars have ordered 570 times more condoms in the last 12 months. At the same time, in 2021, Instamart received orders for about two million sanitary napkins, menstrual cups, and tampons. Apart from this, a lot of orders have also been received for grocery items.

56 lakh packets of noodles ordered

According to the survey, between April and June last year, there was a 42 percent increase in the demand for ice cream in these metro cities. It was also learned that most of the orders were placed after 10 pm. In metro cities, people have ordered 5.6 million packets of instant noodles. In Hyderabad, users ordered around 27,000 bottles of fresh juice during the summer months.

60 lakh eggs ordered

The demand for eggs has increased manifold in the last two years. People living in metro cities including Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai ordered an average of 6 million eggs in the last year. According to the report, customers from Bangalore and Hyderabad ordered the maximum number of eggs for breakfast. At the same time, people of Mumbai, Jaipur, and Coimbatore have ordered the maximum number of eggs online at the time of dinner.

Demand for dairy products

There has been a huge jump in orders for both tea and coffee. According to the report, there has been an increase of 2,000 percent in its demand. At the same time, 3 crore orders of milk have come for milk. People from Bangalore and Mumbai have placed more orders in the morning. Regular milk, full cream milk and toned milk are the most ordered dairy products.

Ordering fruits and vegetables

Orders for 62,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables have been received in the last year. With 12,000 orders, Bengaluru tops the list of organic product buyers. At the same time, Hyderabad and Bangalore together have ordered more than 290 tonnes of green chilies in 12 months. Over 2 lakh orders have been received for bathroom cleaners, scrub pads, drain cleaners, and more in the last year.

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Zepto, 10-minute grocery delivery app, raises $100 million

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Only five months subsequent to dispatching, 10-minute basic food item conveyance application Zepto on Tuesday reported it has raised $100 million driven by Y Combinator, taking its valuation to $570 million.

Other than the raise money, Zepto has been developing staggeringly rapidly and is significantly increasing its client base consistently.

In the course of recent months, Zepto has extended past Mumbai by dispatching in Bengaluru, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune (Kolkata to follow), the organization said in an assertion.

“Financial backers are reliably deciding to back Zepto due to our top tier execution. This is giving us extraordinary energy – we’re developing at an amazing rate, clients are adoring the item experience, our center unit financial matters are solid, and we have one of the most outstanding startup groups in India today,” said Aadit Palicha, Co-Founder and CEO.

The Series C raising money round saw support from new and existing financial backers, including Glade Brook, Nexus, Breyer Capital, Lachy Groom, Global Founders Capital, Contrary Capital, and that’s just the beginning.

The round came 45 days later the organization reported its $60 million raise money in November.

Conveying food in a short time is a game-changing encounter for clients in the nation, and a few players are presently joining the race.

“We are eager to twofold down and lead this round in Zepto. They initially dispatched with an alternate model, quickly turned to speedy trade in August 2021, and are presently adding 100,000 new clients consistently, 60% of the ladies,” said Anu Hariharan from Y Combinator.

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