Banks record increased default on credit card, overdraft loans

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Banks recorded increased default on credit card and overdraft loans to households in the fourth quarter of 2017. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) disclosed this in its Credit Conditions survey report for the fourth quarter of 2017.

The report showed that while banks approved more unsecured loans to households during the quarter, they however reduced the limit on credit card loans during the quarter. CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele The report stated: “Despite lenders’ resolve to tighten the credit scoring criteria for total unsecured loan applications in the review quarter, the proportion of approved total loan applications for households increased.

Lenders expect to still loosen the credit scoring criteria in the next quarter, but anticipated that the total loans applications to be approved in Q1 2018 will rather decrease. “The proportion of approved credit card loans increased in Q4 2017 despite the lenders’ stance on the credit scoring criteria for granting credit card loans. However, the proportion of approved overdraft/personal loans applications decreased.

“The limit on unsecured credit cards on approved new loan applications decreased in Q4 2017 and was expected to decrease further in the next quarter. The minimum proportion of credit card balances to be paid on approved new loan applications increased in the review quarter, and was expected to further increase in the next quarter. “Maximum maturities on approved unsecured new loan applications were shortened in the current quarter, and lenders anticipated that they will remain shortened in the next quarter.

“Lenders experienced higher default rates on credit card and overdrafts/personal lending to households in the current quarter. They however, expect improvement in default rates in the next quarter. Losses given default on total unsecured loans to households worsened in Q4 2017 but were expected to improve in the next quarter.” The report also indicated that while banks are disposed to increasing lending to the private sector in the first quarter of this year, they will charge higher interest rates on loans to large and medium firms.

Source: Vanguard

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