An analysis of 1,385 corporate entities led the domestic ratings agency to trim revenue growth projection for entities in a post-war scenario and also forecast narrowing of the profit margins due to higher commodity prices, an increase in interest rates of up to 1 per cent and the rupee depreciating by a tenth.
Commodity consumers are likely to experience a contraction in margin by up to 3 percentage points in FY23, given the difficulty in passing on the price increase to users without impacting volumes.
However, margins are likely to improve for commodity producers by up to 4 percentage points in FY23, on account of higher realisations amid higher commodity prices, although energy costs will impact producers more, given the energy intensive nature of their operations, it noted.
There will likely be an asymmetric impact across corporates and also among companies in sectors, the agency said, adding that large entities will show resilience on account of healthy balance sheets, easy access to financing and pricing power, while small and medium entities could face headwinds due to buoyant commodity prices and firming interest rates.
A continued rupee depreciation is likely to exacerbate the challenges for both Indian importers and foreign currency borrowers in FY23, it said, pointing out that the modest improvement in demand can help entities in import-oriented sectors or net importers to pass on the impact of weak rupee to their customers.