MUMBAI: An rising variety of Indian corporations are watching write-downs of their enterprise this fiscal as they are going to be compelled to document the demand-collapse for his or her merchandise on revenue and loss accounts because of the coronavirus pandemic.

They should present for impairments beginning June quarter, which might both pull their income decrease or push them into losses. Early indicators of Covid-19-related impairment expenses have been seen in some entities after they introduced their fourth quarter numbers for fiscal 2020. Trade watchers count on impairments to speed up going ahead.

Vedanta, for example, took an distinctive cost of Rs 17,132 crore within the three months by means of March of fiscal 2020, primarily because of the Rs 16,576-crore impairment of belongings in its oil and fuel enterprise, triggered by the autumn in crude oil costs following the coronavirus outbreak.

“Impairments are triggered as a result of falling demand/income/profitability, rising losses, elevated competitors depth, amongst different components. The cumulative impact of which is to scale back the financial viability of the topic enterprise,” stated RBSA Advisors MD Rajeev Shah. “The place the topic enterprise is into commodities, it suffers a double whammy, whereby falling demand instantly triggers fall in costs, placing the corporate in a depressing place.”


Since Covid-19 manifested within the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, corporations have been making judgments and estimates on the affect of the pandemic on their enterprise and have been reflecting the identical of their impairment assessments whereas finalising their annual accounts.

“We don’t count on this (write-downs) to be a one-time affect as most corporations might want to repeatedly monitor the state of affairs and reassess the financial eventualities that might play out sooner or later,” stated KPMG accomplice Sai Venkateshwaran. “The place the evaluation continues to indicate a decline or a chronic affect on enterprise, corporations might have to document additional losses within the coming quarters and we will count on to see extra of those mirrored on a quarter-by-quarter foundation moderately than solely within the final quarter of fiscal 2021.”

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Usually, corporations perform asset impairment assessments as and when there is a sign of a doable affect from both exterior or inner indicators. Nevertheless, for goodwill and intangible belongings, corporations usually perform assessments within the fourth quarter as this coincides with the annual audit course of.

Firms within the non-essential companies — equivalent to cars, hospitality, aviation and shadow banking — are anticipated to take impairments on inventories and recoverability of loans/receivables this fiscal.

RBSA Advisors MD Ravishu Shah identified that sure companies had been weak even earlier than the onset of Covid-19 and the pandemic has solely made issues worse for them. These corporations have taken impairments within the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

Globally, capital-intensive sectors like power, airways and metal have been hit the toughest with impairments. Final week, Microsoft introduced that it’ll take an impairment cost of $450 million within the June quarter after it determined to completely shut all its brick-and-mortar shops because of the pandemic.