SME Times News Bureau | 15 Mar, 2018
and medium enterprises in India are mostly self funded, said Samir
Bhatia, CEO , SMEcorner,
a new-age financial firm focused on providing quick and easy access
to credit for MSME sector.
has recently announced that it has received the NBFC license, which
enables it to reach out to more customers.
of the interview…
tell us about SMEcorner and its main offerings?
is a new age finance firm, focused on providing quick access to
secured and unsecured loans to the Indian MSME sector, with a special
emphasis on the unorganized retail sector.
was founded by Samir Bhatia who has over three decades of experience
in the banking and financial services. Throughout
his professional journey, Samir always felt thatthe process of
getting working capital credit from banks, for the unorganized retail
sector in India, was tedious and inefficient and the rejection rate
was very high. He believed this prevented the retailers from taking
new initiatives in the business that could lead to better business.
He started SMEcorner with the belief that by providing easy credit
facility to this sector he can support their growth.
currently offersunsecured loans ranging from INR 50,000 to 30 lakhs.
It also offers loan up to INR 1 crore, against property.
key value proposition is that it reduces the ambiguity around the
credit application and approval process for the sector.
have recently received NBFC license. How it will help you?
Finance Pvt Ltd, which owns and operates under the name SMEcorner,
recently received the NBFC license. So far, while the entire
application and approval process was managed by SMEcorner, the final
disbursal was enabled by its partner financial firms.
NBFC license for Digikredit will pave the way for higher processing
and disbursement of loans for SMEcorner. It will now have a dual
approach where in loans can be booked on the books of Digikredit as
well as its financial partners.For customers, it would mean more
products and larger volume of credit.
is a major obstacle to the MSME sector?
credit through formal channels like banks have been a deterrent in
some ways. Most banks have had a robust paperwork requirement, common
for all businesses and hence sometimes not suitable for small
retailers where majority of business is through cash transactions.
Moreover, once an SME applies for a loan, there is ambiguity about
the approval and the time it may take for approval. Most times, for
businesses run by small teams, a visit to the bank is loss of
important working hours and leads to loss of business as well.
unorganized SME businesses had to rely on moneylenders for loan which
has a much higher interest rate.
believe, smart phone penetration, increase in the usage of cards and
online transactions amongst other things like GST will have a long
term positive response and will change the way financial institutions
views on the current scenario on India's institutional credit?
in India are mostly self- funded with only 5% having access to formal
credit. Traditionally banks have not been able to offer loans because
ofhigh cost of loan origination, underwriting costs and lack of the
required financial documents from the SMEs.
scenario is changing and a SME has a better chance of availing a
loan that say 5 years ago. Two key factors that have made it easier
for SMEs to avail credit are:
this mechanism is flawed and how NBFCs can make a difference?
cannot say the system is flawed, they have been an integral part of
the Indian financial needs. The new-age technology based firms are
making use of extensive reach of smart phones a to reach out to an
otherwise underserved segment.
would think the two systems complement each other rather than
NBFCs can reach the last mile customers where banks cannot?
question really is not about physical reach, the banks, especially
the public -sector banks have a robust presence and have a wide reach
across India. However, as discussed earlier, the banks have stringent
policies and need financial paper trails, which an unaudited SME is
often unable to provide.
new-age financial firms on the other hand are able to evaluate the
credit worthiness of the retailers/ small enterprise basis multiple
other data points and use complicated algorithms to see more about
the SME beyond his financial papers.
suggestions for MSMEs on preparation before applying for loans?
advice and approach isto uncomplicate the paper trials. Divide the
papers in two key segments, business finance and personal. Make sure
you organize them in a chronological order to ensure there are no
missing trails. Bank records, Income tax records, GST, shop/factory
ownership papers are some of the must have documents needed by all
financial firms to provide loan.
SME should also proactively check its CIBIL score and work towards
improving it. One way is to pay all bills and outstanding on time.
the passion, commitment and integrity of the SME owner may also
influence the credit decision by an NBFC.
share your future plans.
currently present in select cities in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and
Gujarat. In the next three years, it intends to have 150 branches
across 35 locations in 8 states and build a book size of INR 5000
crores. It will expand and hire people for business growth, risk
processes , technology and marketing.It offers secured loans against
property and unsecured loans .It will add on more product lines and
aims to be the one point of contact for all the credit needs of