The liquidity problem among NBFCs is expected to continue for some time and there could be one or two major shocks in the financial services sector in the coming months, Ajay Piramal, chairman, Piramal Enterprises Ltd. (PEL), said on Monday.

“One should be ready for one or two major shocks in the financial services sector as our system is fragile,” Mr. Piramal said in response to a question.

“In August, I had said that there could be a shakeup in the financial services sector and it will turn systemic. So, we had taken corrective steps and added to the equity,” he said.

“Our group’s credibility, robust track record and balance sheet strength enabled us to get enough liquidity from banks and mutual funds, despite tightened liquidity for the sector over the last few months,” he added.

Mr. Piramal said like the real estate sector, the NBFC sector was also heading for consolidation and only very few, strong players would survive.

“The marginal ones will close down in the medium term. And companies with a strong track record will survive,” he added.

PEL on Monday reported a 23% growth in third-quarter net profit to ?603 crore compared with ?490 crore in the year-earlier period.

“We continue to consistently deliver strong performance during the quarter, despite the volatile business environment. For Q3 FY2019, PEL’s revenues grew by 22% to ?3,489 crore and net profit grew by 23% to ?603 crore, led by growth across financial services and pharma businesses,” Mr. Piramal said.

“We grew our overall loan book by 45% for the quarter to ?55,255 crore. Leveraging the opportunity, our housing finance business reported a strong loan book growth of 69% QoQ to ?3,920 crore. The financial services business reported Gross NPA of 0.5%,” he added.

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