Insurance Surety Bonds are a great tool to provide financial guarantees for bid securities, performance guarantees, advance payment guarantees and maintenance/retention guarantees in India. We discuss in depth about them and their advantages over Bank Guarantees through a recently awarded project by National Highway Authority of India.

PROJECT DETAILS

DESCRIPTION

6Lane AC Highway from Ranipur Barsi Saharanpur dist to Adhoya Musalmana Ambala dist Shamli Ambala sec of Bareilly Ludhiana EC on EPC under BMP Ph-1 in Haryana

Insurance Surety Bonds for Shamli-Ambala Highway Construction by Apco Infra under NHAI.

PRINCIPAL ORGANIZATION AND PROJECT REFERENCE

National Highway Authority of India (NHAI)

CONTRACT VALUE

INR 859,62,00,000

PROJECT BIDDERS

1 Apco Infratech Pvt. Ltd. – 785 L1

2 Constructora San Jose S.A. – 799.39

3 GR Infraprojects Ltd. – 896.87

4 KRISHNA CONSTELLATION- 828

5 MG Contractors- 931.82

6 MCL- 905.04

7 Niyati ENGINEERS AND CONSULTANTS- 911.71

8 PNC- 990

FINANCIAL GUARANTEE DETAILS

BANK GUARANTEE (BY BANKS) VS INSURANCE SURETY BOND

Bank Guarantees are a costly affair and are typically required in infrastructure, manufacturing, supply, and trade projects to furnish a financial guarantee. These guarantees are provided for Bid SecurityPerformance Guarantee, Payment Guarantee and Retention/Maintenance Guarantee.

Insurance Surety Bonds are an alternative to Bank guarantees and are issued by insurance companies. Surety Bonds have been allowed in India by the Hon. Minister of Finance, Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, in the union budget session of 2022. We provide a comparative analysis of taking Bank Guarantees and Surety Bonds for the above mentioned project.

Bank Guarantee ❌Insurance Surety Bonds ✅
Cost (in % p.a.)1-2%1.25-3%
Collateral or Margin MoneyRequired between 30-100%Not required (0%)
Working CapitalBlocked due to margin money requirementsUnblocked due to no requirements of margin money
Line of CreditBlocked by bank up to the amount of BGIssued by Insurance company. So no blocking of Line of Credit
Time SpentTakes 15-30 days to issueTakes 1-3 days to issue
Insurance Surety Bonds vs Bank Guarantee

CHOOSING INSURANCE SURETY BONDS FOR BID, PERFORMANCE OR PAYMENT GUARANTEE

The above comparison between the projects makes it abundantly clear for infrastructure companies, who have been contracted by MoRTH for the above mentioned project, that Insurance Surety Bonds are the clear way forward for providing financial guarantees. A contractor will receive the following benefits with Insurance Surety Bonds:

  • Increased Working Capital to deliver better quality work
  • Enhanced availability of Line of Credit and better utilization of Line of Credit to take up more projects
  • Improved turn around time as Digital first Surety Bond companies provide Surety Bonds as compared to traditional banking system which has long waiting periods.

Surety 007 is providing free consultation on Surety Bonds to all companies that are building the infrastructure for Bharat . We invite contractors for the this MoRTH projec to avail Insurance Surety Bonds from Surety 007. Reach out to us on support@suretyseven.com OR call us at +919911557724.

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