Experts prefer bond over cess to fund Covid expenditure

by Nidhi Bhati

To finance Centre’s Covid expenses and additional spend on reviving the economy, most experts have shown preference for raising funds through bonds as compared to imposition of new taxes or cess, as per a report in Business Standard. However, experts cautioned that the amount raised through these bonds would not be high since domestic borrowing will exert pressure on yields.

References
1. https://www.business-standard.com/budget/article/budget-2021-govt-stares-at-revenue-shortfall-of-rs-7-trn-this-fiscal-year-121012200064_1.html
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate (30-DAY MVG. AVG.)
Per cent
6.8 0.0
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
55.7 +0.3
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
57.7 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
52.5 +0.9
Quarterly CapEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Mar 20 Jun 20 Sep 20 Dec 20
New projects 3.83 0.91 1.33 0.93
Completed projects 1.73 0.26 0.72 0.69
Stalled projects 0.73 0.11 0.08 0.30
Revived projects 0.42 0.68 0.29 0.11
Implementation stalled projects 10.22 0.09 0.07 0.12
Updated on: 07 Mar 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 58.8
 PAT margin (%) 2.2 5.3 8.4 8.6
 Count of Cos. 4,376 4,373 4,372 4,323
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 55.7
 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. 3,257 3,255 3,254 3,223
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 07 Mar 2021 8:28PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY18 FY19 FY20
All Companies
 Income 8.5 13.4 0.0
 Expenses 9.9 13.8 0.1
 Net profit -40.6 15.8 -10.5
 PAT margin (%) 1.9 2.2 3.7
 Assets 10.9 9.6 9.3
 Net worth 7.3 8.4 4.7
 RONW (%) 3.3 3.9 5.4
 Count of Cos. 30,466 29,959 11,603
Non-financial Companies
 Income 8.6 14.1 -2.9
 Expenses 8.8 14.3 -2.3
 Net profit -10.3 21.3 -22.4
 PAT margin (%) 2.7 3.0 3.6
 Net fixed assets 7.2 5.5 12.0
 Net worth 5.9 8.0 1.7
 RONW (%) 5.5 6.5 6.4
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.0 1.0 0.9
 Interest cover (times) 2.1 2.3 2.4
 Net working capital cycle (days) 79 72 61
 Count of Cos. 24,480 24,021 8,388
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 05 Mar 2021 8:23AM