Top 15 NBFCs in India

Numerous banks offer some great financial products in India, but if you’re looking for swiftness, variety and efficiency, who do you turn to? NBFCs (Non-Banking Financial Companies) are save-the-day institutions that provide a plethora of financial products like loans, credit facility, stock investments and Term Finance Certificates (TFCs: instruments issued by companies to generate short and medium term funds), and they do it quicker and with fewer procedures than banks. Some even use NBFC Softwares in order to speed up the process. 

What are NBFCs?

These are companies that, just like banks, offer loans, advances, stocks, bonds, debentures, securities, retirement funds, mutual funds and umpteen more products to the general public, without being classified as a bank. Regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Ministry of Corporate Affairs, NBFCs are not allowed to take deposits of any kind from the public. The 9600-odd NBFCs in India account for about 12.5% of its overall GDP and their outreach extends from big metropolises to urban settlements and even rural areas.

Role of NBFCs in India

These non-bank lenders push through chit-reserves, pension funds and alternative investments by servicing SMEs, start-ups and individuals. The financial year 2018-19 saw the NBFC sector swell to ₹30.9 lakh crores, a 15.2% increase from the previous year. Not only do NBFCs generate employment opportunities for people outside the banking sector, but they are critical for liquidity in a vibrant Indian financial market.

NBFCs have in recent times, adopted strong technological tools like softwares and applications to penetrate tier-3 and tier-4 towns in India and facilitate lending to up-and-coming individuals and enterprises. Their transparency, speed of service and flexibility make them better choices for borrowing than traditional banks.

Ranking Criteria for NBFCs

NBFCs have pierced through an assortment of sectors like asset financing, micro financing, mortgages, infrastructure financing and other investments. In today’s volatile Indian economy, making the right selection of NBFC to avail a product has become very difficult. However, some of them are using high potential NBFC Softwares to ease the process. Throw in the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic this year, and the decision process is even tougher. But here’s a silver lining – with the following criteria, hopefully the right choice will come to mind in no time.

  • Annual Turnover
  • Market Capitalization
  • Customer Reach and Engagement
  • Digital Adoption
  • Response to Market Turns

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Bajaj Finance Limited

Bajaj Finance Limited

Founded by the legendary Rahul Bajaj and currently run by his son Sanjiv Bajaj, this company is a titan NBFC under the Bajaj Finserv Limited banner. It operates across 1,400 branches and employs over 20,000 people. Its portfolio is a goodie bag of products: business loans, gold loans, mortgages, entrepreneur loans, general insurance, health insurance, wealth management services, you name it. The company has a mammoth market cap of ₹2.08 lakh crores, net sales of ₹23,822 crores and is highly diversified.

Shriram Transport Finance Corporation Limited (STFC)

Shriram Transport Finance Corporation Limited (STFC)

This asset financing conglomerate was kicked off in 1979 and went public 5 years later. Its niche is funding services for vehicles like light and heavy-duty trucks, passenger vehicles, construction vehicles and farm equipment. Due to its powerful portfolio of general insurance, stock broking, mutual funds and asset financing, STFC doubled its AUM (Assets Under Management) from ₹500 billion in 2013 to ₹1,000 billion in 2018. With net sales of ₹16,562 crores and a mammoth network of 1,230 branches with 25,000 employees, STFC, currently spearheaded by Umesh Revankar, is a force to reckon with. Due to the COVID-19 worldwide economic slump, the company set aside ₹909 crores in provisions.
Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited (MMFSL)

Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited (MMFSL)

Based out of Mumbai, MMFSL engages in financing new and pre-owned auto and utility vehicles, tractors and commercial vehicles. Ramesh Iyer heads up the 1,200-plus office, ₹10,097 crore operation that services over 3.5 lakh villages and 7,000 towns in India. MMFSL’s portfolio also includes personal loans, SME financing, housing finance, insurance broking and mutual fund distribution. In a stellar response to COVID-19, the company offered a Guaranteed Emergency Credit Line (GECL) to affected businesses, allowing them to avail additional term loans up to ₹5 crores and repayment in 4 years including a 1-year moratorium.
Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC)

Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC)

Set up to exclusively finance the power and associated sectors of India, PFC is literally an NBFC powerhouse. It provides project terms loans, lease financing, short term loans, infrastructure financing and more for various power projects. The state-owned enterprise is headed by Rajeev Sharma and has an eye-bulging market cap of ₹23,773 crores and ₹33,371 crores net sales. It won the ‘India’s Leading NBFC Award for Infrastructure Financing’ in the Dun & Bradstreet BFSI Summit of 2019.

Sundaram Finance Limited

Pioneer of “The Sundaram Way” philosophy that bundles growth, quality and profitability, Sundaram Finance Limited started in 1954 by financing the purchase of commercial vehicles. Now the company, promoted by its Managing Director T.T. Srinivasaraghavan, offers mutual funds, car finance, insurance, tyre finance, fleet cards, home loans, BPO and even logistic services. As of March 2020, the company’s net sales was a massive ₹3,842 crores with its fixed deposits rated highest at ‘AAA’ by ICRA and CRISIL.
Manappuram Finance Limited

Manappuram Finance Limited

Manappuram Finance Limited is a non-banking financial company par excellence and is led by its CEO V.P. Nandakumar. It was the largest wealth creator in the Economic Times 500 company list in 2019, having amassed a market capitalization of ₹5,000 crores and net sales of ₹4,311 crores. Dealing primarily in gold loans, Manappuram operates across 4,190 branches in 25 states and employs over 19,000 people. Its offerings range from affordable housing finance, vehicle (commercial, two-wheelers, tractors, cars) and equipment finance and microfinance to project, corporate and industrial finance and insurance broking.
Muthoot Finance Limited

Muthoot Finance Limited

Muthoot Finance Ltd. is a gold loan heavyweight NBFC that was established in 1939 by MG Muthoot and leads India’s gold loan and finance market. With net sales of ₹8,714 crores and spread across 4,400 branches, the company also offers foreign exchange services, money transfer and wealth management. It’s target clientele are small businesses, farmers, traders, vendors and salaried individuals. This market outreach won Muthoot the Skoch Financial Inclusion Award in 2013, a recognition of its extension to offer financial services to rural areas.

L&T Financial Services

L&T Financial Services

If you’re looking for financing services in trade, agriculture, for commercial and individual vehicles, in corporate and rural settings, L&T Financial Services is a great bet. This digitally-savvy company was established as an NBFC in 1994 is headed up by Dinanath Dubhashi in Mumbai. A strong Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) player, L&T launches ‘Digital Sakhi’, an inclusion program for women in rural areas that imparts digital financial literacy to them. With net sales at ₹475 crores, it has 11 subsidiaries and employs a whooping 10 lakh people across the country.
Magma Fincorp Limited

Magma Fincorp Limited

Publicly held non-banking financial company Magma Fincorp Limited has been in business since 1989, headquartered in Kolkata and incorporated by current chairman Mayank Poddar. The enterprise has a gamut of products under its portfolio: commercial, car and utility vehicles finance, construction equipment finance, SME loans, used asset finance, housing loans, auto leasing and insurance. Magma’s net profits jumped 3 times from ₹10.64 crores in June 2019 to ₹37.71 crores a year later, netting ₹2,177 crores in sales. It also collected the prestigious “Best NBFC of the Year” award at the 2019 India Banking Summit and Awards.

Reliance Capital Limited

Reliance Capital Limited

A household name in India, Reliance Group under the stewardship of Anil Ambani, runs Reliance Capital Limited which is one of the largest and celebrated private NBFCs. It was ranked the 77th largest corporation in the Fortune India 500 list of 2018, with a 5th place under the ‘non-banking finance’ category. The company boasts ₹1,389 crores in net sales and an 18,000-strong workforce. It offers services like asset management, mutual funds, commercial and home finance, stock broking, private equity and wealth management, among others. During COVID-19, Reliance’s Sasan plant in Singrauli provided power to more than 13 crore customers at subsidized rates.
Motilal Oswal Financial Services Limited (MOFSL)

Motilal Oswal Financial Services Limited (MOFSL)

With “Wealth creation through knowledge” as their core purpose, promoters Motilal Oswal and Raamdeo Agarwal in 1987 founded today’s highly diversified MOFSL. The company works through 6,000 employees in 2,500-plus locations across 550 cities in India and provides a range of products: retail and institutional broking, wealth management, investment banking, private equity, asset management and home loans. It was bestowed ‘Brand of the Year’ award at CNBC TV18 Indian Business Leadership Awards 2018. MOFSL is also technologically forward with advanced NBFC software and informative research reports. Net sales – ₹1,269 crores.

CreditAccess Grameen Limited

CreditAccess Grameen Limited

As of mid-2020, CreditAccess Grameen Limited stood in the top-10 list of ‘Highest Market Cap’ non-banking financial companies with ₹8,341 crores. Udaya Kumar Hebbar manages the India operations that is spread across 516 branches in 132 districts in India with ₹1,683 crores in net sales. The company focuses primarily on rural and low-income households with products like family welfare loans, home improvement loans, emergency loans, income generation loans and life insurance. Owing to its rural market outreach, CreditAccess has notched the SKOCH Awards twice – first the Financial Inclusion Award (2013) and the Resilient India Award (2017).

Tata Capital Limited

Tata Capital Limited

Another household name on this list is Tata Group with its NBFC arm Tata Capital Limited. It’s a Systematically Important Deposit Accepting Non-Banking Financial Company that was founded in 2007 and is led by Rajiv Sabharwal. Digitally driven, Tata Capital partners with Biz2Credit (online credit resource offering direct funding) to facilitate SMEs. The company offers commercial finance, consumer loans, private equity, investment banking, treasury advisory and credit cards to customers. Net income – ₹296 crores.

Edelweiss Financial Services Limited

Edelweiss Financial Services Limited

A foremost adopter and implementer of a digital ecosystem in the NBFC space, Edelweiss Financial Services was created by Rashesh Shah in 1995. It delivers services like investment banking, private client broking, asset management, investment advisory, insurance broking, wholesale finance to corporate and HNW clients, and more. At the Finnoviti Awards in 2019 and 2020, the company won big, apart from bagging the Best Technology Implementation at CIO Conclave. Net sales – ₹236 crores.

Fullerton India Credit Co. Limited

Fullerton India Credit Co. Limited

Backed by the Singaporean company Temasek Holdings Pte. Ltd., Fullerton has made waves in the NBFC scene in India. It’s fronted by Rajashree Nambiar and offers unsecured personal, business and group loans in the retail and rural channels. Having gathered a good customer base of 28 lakh people across its 628 branches and total income of ₹5,829 crores, it launched its digital business in 2018 by partnering with aggregators like Paytm. Customers affected by COVID-19 can avail a moratorium on their repayments.

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