L&T Finance launches ‘Warehouse Receipt Financing’ against agri commodities

L&T Finance launches ‘Warehouse Receipt Financing’ against agri commodities

L&T Finance (LTF), a subsidiary of L&T Finance Holdings and one of the leading non-banking financial companies (NBFC), has launched Warehouse Receipt Financing (WRF), a digitally-assisted journey for loan facilities against agri-commodities.

WRF facilitates the use of commodities as collateral to secure loans. The commodities are stored in professionally managed warehouses by empanelled collateral managers. Under this arrangement, commodities are checked for quality and quantity, based on which the collateral manager issues a receipt to farmers, traders and processors. The receipt can then be used as collateral to avail of loan facilities from LTF.

Warehouse Receipt Financing will be available for customers in four states, namely Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, and will revolutionise how this product is offered. Currently, these facilities are offered by the market in a traditional manner which is primarily manual in nature and takes anywhere between 7-10 days for each loan application to get sanctioned. With the launch of this product, customers will get the experience of obtaining a sanction within 24 hours of filing the loan application and having all the information related to their loans at their fingertips through a mobile application.

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“Farmers, traders and processors can avail of this facility at the nearest LTF branch at attractive interest rates for an amount ranging between Rs.1 lakh to Rs.10 crore. The amount sanctioned will be based on eligibility checks and the loan margin range, which shall be between 25 per cent and 30 per cent of the market value of the commodity, based on quality parameters,” the NBFC said.

Speaking on the launch, Dinanath Dubhashi, Managing Director & CEO of L&T Finance Holdings said, “Our lakshya (goal) is to become a top-class, customer-focused, digitally-enabled retail finance company by 2026, or even before that. In line with the same, we are consistently working on engaging our customers with products that are suited to their requirements and at the same time, are available when they need them. WRF is one such offering from our end which promises quick disbursement and flexible repayment with no foreclosure charges. The Rabi sowing season in India has ended with a record acreage of 720 lakh hectares in this crop year, which is the highest in the past five years. In such a scenario, we are hopeful that these loans will help our customers meet their working capital requirements in a convenient manner. Additionally, it will also help stabilise the supply of commodities and prices in the market, improve growers’ income, and reduce food losses.”

In line with accelerated retailisation, the retail book of LTF reached Rs. 57,000 crores, up 34 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter ended December 31, 2022, while the retail portfolio mix of the total loan book stood at 64 per cent, led by key products like Rural Business Finance and Farm Equipment Finance.

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