MPC unanimous on need to continue with accommodative monetary policy

by Nidhi Bhati

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) minutes released on 22 February 2021 shows that the panel continues to bat for the urgent need to support a faltering economy hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The MPC comments also indicate that the growth recovery may take longer time than initially expected in the absence of investments. The comments of the members also suggest that the panel could continue with the current accommodative stance for a longer period to support growth. According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das, the country’s economic growth momentum needs to strengthen further for sustained recovery. Majority of members voiced concerns over rising core inflation and need for a more durable recovery justifying their vote. Internal policy member deputy governor Michael Patra noted that while near term inflation outlook has improved, upside risks to inflation outlook persist. Flagging financial risks, Patra stressed on the need for rollback of Covid time measures.

References
1. https://www.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_PressReleaseDisplay.aspx?prid=51161
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate (30-DAY MVG. AVG.)
Per cent
7.0 +0.1
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
55.3 +0.7
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
57.4 +0.5
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
52.0 +0.9
Quarterly CapEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Mar 20 Jun 20 Sep 20 Dec 20
New projects 3.82 0.86 1.15 0.91
Completed projects 1.73 0.26 0.72 0.68
Stalled projects 0.73 0.11 0.08 0.30
Revived projects 0.42 0.68 0.36 0.11
Implementation stalled projects 10.22 0.09 0.07 0.12
Updated on: 25 Feb 2021 8:28PM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Mar 20 Jun 20 Sep 20 Dec 20
All listed Companies
 Income -5.0 -27.6 -6.3 1.5
 Expenses -1.8 -27.9 -10.3 -0.1
 Net profit -51.1 -40.3 47.2 58.4
 PAT margin (%) 2.2 5.3 8.4 8.6
 Count of Cos. 4,374 4,370 4,365 4,299
Non-financial Companies
 Income -9.0 -37.4 -10.5 0.0
 Expenses -4.8 -37.7 -14.2 -1.0
 Net profit -52.2 -56.0 31.5 55.2
 PAT margin (%) 3.1 4.5 8.1 9.0
 Net fixed assets 13.5 5.8
 Current assets 2.5 0.7
 Current liabilities 5.4 -2.8
 Borrowings 15.8 8.1
 Reserves & surplus 1.7 4.4
 Count of Cos. 3,256 3,252 3,250 3,205
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 25 Feb 2021 8:28PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY18 FY19 FY20
All Companies
 Income 8.4 13.5 -0.2
 Expenses 9.9 13.8 0.1
 Net profit -41.4 16.6 -12.8
 PAT margin (%) 1.9 2.2 3.6
 Assets 10.9 9.6 9.2
 Net worth 7.3 8.4 4.6
 RONW (%) 3.3 3.9 5.3
 Count of Cos. 30,112 29,570 11,060
Non-financial Companies
 Income 8.6 14.1 -3.0
 Expenses 8.8 14.3 -2.4
 Net profit -9.8 21.1 -22.6
 PAT margin (%) 2.7 3.0 3.7
 Net fixed assets 7.2 5.5 11.8
 Net worth 6.0 8.0 1.6
 RONW (%) 5.6 6.5 6.5
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.0 1.0 0.9
 Interest cover (times) 2.1 2.3 2.5
 Net working capital cycle (days) 78 71 59
 Count of Cos. 24,243 23,774 8,018
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 19 Feb 2021 9:59PM