Mumbai: Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi) is targeting a four-fold jump in its fee income over next five years as it launches a slew of service oriented products to help small businesses raise funds.

"We are expecting a four-fold jump in fee income in the four to five years," Sidbi Chairman and Managing Director Sushil Muhnot said here on the sidelines of an event.

This will be made possible primarily by a loan syndication service which Sidbi is launching soon and also earnings from the recently launched credit consultancy centres at SME clusters, he said.

The Lucknow-based specialised institution's fee income, which includes upfront and processing fees, and commission and brokerage, had stood at Rs 33.03 crore in the past fiscal, which was a growth of 25 percent from Rs 26.30 crore in FY11, according to the bank's annual report.

Muhnot said as part of its MSME (micro small and medium enterprises) development services initiative, Sidbi will soon start a loan facilitation service that will involve acting like an investment banker and help SMEs arrange finance from multiple banks if required.

Sidbi will earn a fee for the services, Muhnot said, adding there is a need for such a facility as a single company exposure norms may compel a bank to keep away from a proposal.

Apart from that, Sidbi has also launched credit consultancy centres across 110 SME clusters to help small businesses with their documentation as they approach lenders to avail loans, he said.

As part of the service, a retired banking official having experience in the credit department is appointed by Sidbi to help the local SMEs, Muhnot said.

Sidbi ties up with local industries association in the respective cluster to launch the service, he said, adding that going forward, it will focus on increasing the clusters covered by the service.

(Agencies)

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