Need To Attract More Risk Capital For 7-8% Growth Rate: Uday Kotak
Uday Kotak, chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

Need To Attract More Risk Capital For 7-8% Growth Rate: Uday Kotak


If the country wants to achieve a growth rate of 7-8 percent, it needs to attract more risk capital by building trust among lenders, savers and investors, veteran banker Uday Kotak said.

This trust, he said, can be built through strengthening of corporate governance by companies.

"If we aspire for 7 percent or 8 percent or 9 percent growth, changing the mindset on risk capital and building that trust bridge is core to our future," Kotak, who is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kotak Mahindra Bank, said at a CII corporate governance summit.

Growth in the September quarter slowed to a more-than-six-year low of 4.5 percent.

Kotak cautioned that lack of trust towards corporates may be leading to the risk aversion.

He said the country is scarce on risk capital and access to such capital will not come easily unless lenders, savers and investors trust companies where they are putting in their money.

"The most important aspect of corporate governance we need to focus on is building trust in the mind of any lender, saver, investor that his or her money is safe, and will produce returns which are justifiably and not be taken away by poor governance at the company level," he said.

The recent defaults or delayed payments by corporates in the country have made savers worry about their investments, including in debt instruments, making them more risk averse.

Kotak said besides investors, the risk aversion has affected the minds of fund managers, who are buying stocks with better price-to-earnings ratio rather than of small cap and mid-cap companies.

"It is feared that there maybe something in those companies which we do not know. We don't necessarily trust their numbers, the group company's transactions and what the board members maybe doing. So, this lack of trust is leading to an outcome of a risk aversion," he said.

Speaking on the occasion, former Securities and Exchange Board of India Chairman UK Sinha said that corporate India must gauge horizontal trends of global developments and keep up with them to remain globally relevant.

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