Industrial Weakness – 5 Years of Stalled Projects by Congress Politicians

April 4, 2014

Breaking News - ExclusiveThe Indian Industry went into a prolonged phase of Policy & Project Paralysis as the Congress Government got itself into defensive mood to defend itself against the massive Scams [2G Spectrum Scam, Common Wealth Games, Coal Scam, etc] with absolutely ZERO attentiosn towards Governance and Progressive Reforms. Industrial CAPEX Data released by CMIE March 2014 shows that investment for the quarter was lackluster, with average four quarterly new starts at Rs967bn (-10% qoq / -14% yoy). This capex slowdown is in line with the weakness seen over the past 12 quarters and as we expected given the upcoming national elections. We expect activity to be slow in the quarter ending June 2014 as well and improve only gradually. Government capex fell sequentially (-11%) after increasing over the last two quarters. Private capex showed no signs of revival. The decline was driven off continuing weak activity, particularly in the transport and mining segments.

Stalled projects as a percentage of total outstanding remained at elevated levels of ~5%. Given our expectations of a Read more

Indian Economy – Slow Reforms, Reluctant to Recover

June 13, 2013

HSBC - India Reforms SlowThe government of India has pushed through numerous reform measures over the past nine months. However, Policy implementation and announcements have tapered off recently and could slow even further. For example, have a look at the Failure of the FDI Policy in Indian Multi Brand Retail

HSBC cut India’s growth forecast for FY2014 to 5.5% (vs 6.0%) and FY2015 to 6.6% (vs 7.1%). They expect further progress on reforms, it will only materialize slowly. Moreover, the global recovery is likely to come later. The recovery Read more