Author - Abhishek Salunke

Expanding hiring of freshers based on demand – HCL Tech

Update on Indian Equity Markets:

Markets continued their upward momentum on Tuesday as Nifty closed the day 174 points higher at 14,659. Within the index, HINDALCO (5.1%), TATASTEEL (3.9%) and DIVISLAB (3.5%) were the highest gainers while HDFCLIFE (-3.6%), SBILIFE (-1.4%) and MARUTI (-0.9%) were few of the losers. All the sectoral indices closed in green with METAL (2.8%), PSUBANK (2.5%) and MEDIA (1.8%) leading the pack. 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr C Vijaykumar, CEO and Prateek Aggarwal, CFO, HCL Technologies Ltd (HCLTECH) with CNBC -TV18 dated 26th April 2021:

  • During the Mar-21 quarter, bookings stood at $3.1bn, led by 19 large deal wins. These deals are spread across geographies and industries. Most deals are spread across 3-5 years, of which four are integrated across service lines.
  • The Company has prepared a list of seven countries i.e. Germany, Canada, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Brazil. These are countries witnessing a large and growing IT market where the Company is currently not present. Setting up offices in new countries is a one-time exercise.
  • The Company is also expanding hiring in the freshers space, considering the demand for the next few years. The hiring also involves certain cost elements.
  • The Company has launched HCL Now, which is the Cloud version of its acquired products. This is strengthening partnerships of HCLTECH with hyperscalers.
  • The Company is expected to deliver double-digit growth in constant currency. The management highlighted that they have provided floor price on revenue growth for next year. 
  • The products and platforms business had an impairment charge of $16mn, leading to a 60 bps impact on margins.   

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • Backed by deal wins in both small and big pockets and continued momentum in cloud and data, the company looks set to achieve its target of double-digit growth over FY22E.
  • Setting up offices in new countries to expand the geographical presence is expected to create a revenue stream and diversify the revenue base for the Company in the long run.

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website):

  • The closing price of HCLTECH was ₹ 928/- as of 27-April-2021.  It traded at 18x/ 16x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 51.0/ 57.4 for 22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 1,119/- which trades at 19x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 57.4/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Looking to maintain double-digit growth over FY23-24E – TCS

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

After a mid-week break, markets continued to remain volatile as Nifty started the day lower but managed to close 0.5% higher at 14,581. Within the index, TCS (4.0%), WIPRO (3.5%) and CIPLA (3.3%) charged the index higher while GRASIM (-3.1%), EICHERMOT (-3.0%) and MARUTI (-2.5%) led the losers. Among the sectoral indices, PHARMA (1.4%), METAL (1.4%), and FIN SERVICES (1.2%) were some of the winners while PSU BANK (-1.3%), AUTO (-1.3%), and MEDIA (-0.7%) closed in the red. 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Rajesh Gopinathan, MD & CEO, NG Subramaniyam, COO, V Ramakrishnan, CFO, and Milind Lakkad, Executive VP of Tata Consultancy Ltd (TCS) with CNBC -TV18 dated 13th April 2021:

  • During the Mar-21 quarter, almost all the markets and verticals reported sequential growth. The hospitality and travel areas are still under stress. In response, the company is coming up with new ways of investments and then preparing for the post-pandemic era. 
  • The technology shift is moving as per the expected trajectory. The industry is witnessing overall growth in the transformation agenda.
  • With the deal momentum of US$ 9.2bn, a mixture of smaller and big deals, and an improving economic outlook, the company has set the target of maintaining double-digit growth in revenues over FY23-24E.
  • As per the full-year plans for TCS, the company completed 19,400 hires. The number includes hiring for FY22E as well. Additionally, the company has made investments for taking business from consulting.
  • The margin profile for large deals is eroding due to competition. From here on, innovative solutions will drive the sustainability of margins.
  • The company expects a positive trend in both emerging and developed markets. There are lots of opportunities in manufacturing, telecom, retail, and media.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • Backed by deal wins in both small and big pockets and continued momentum in cloud and data, the company looks set to achieve its target of double-digit growth over FY23-24E.
  • Record employee addition of 19,400 hirings along with record low attrition of 7.2% strengthens the growth opportunity prospects over the next two years. 

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website):

  • The closing price of TCS was ₹ 3223/- as of 15-April-2021.  It traded at 30x/ 27x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 108/ 119 for FY22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 3,401/- which trades at 29x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 119/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

 

The Week in a nutshell (5th April- 9th April)

Technical Talks

NIFTY opened the week on 5th April at 14,778 and closed on 9th April at 14,835, a muted weekly gain of 0.4%. On the upside, 15,336 could be a resistance to watch out for. On the downside, 100DMA of 14,249 might act as a support. The flat trending RSI of 52 and reducing negativity in MACD indicates that the market might see some uptrend in the coming days.

Weekly Highlights

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) maintained the status quo for the fifth time in a row on policy rate. The repo rate is kept unchanged at 4 percent. The RBI expects economic growth for FY22E to be at 10.5 percent. The Governor said that the recent surge in COVID-19 infections has created uncertainty over economic growth recovery.
  • SEBI: Capital markets regulator SEBI asked institutional investors like banks, insurance companies, and pension funds to follow the ’transparent’ Stewardship Code in order to be truly accountable to their clients and beneficiaries.
  • The country’s foreign exchange reserves declined by USD 2.99 billion to reach USD 579.29 billion in the week ended March 26, RBI data showed. The fall in reserves was on account of a decrease in foreign currency assets (FCA), a major component of the overall reserves. FCA declined by USD 3.2 billion to USD 538 billion. In the previous week ended March 19, the forex kitty had increased by USD 233 million to USD 582 billion.
  • According to AMFI, the equity mutual funds saw a net inflow of Rs 91,150mn in Mar-2021 as compared to an outflow of Rs 44,970mn in the previous month (Feb-2021). 
  • INR saw its worst one-day fall in nearly 20 months on Wednesday on the fears of another lockdown hitting economic recovery. INR closed 1.5% down on Wednesday and closed the week at 74.76INR/ USD.
  • Foreign Institutional Investors (FII) were net sellers worth Rs 23,410mn in Indian equities, against net buying worth Rs 26,044mn in the previous week. Domestic Institutional Investors (DII) continued to be net buyers worth Rs 11,550mn, lower than last week’s buying of Rs 39,660mn.

Things to watch out 

  • The 4QFY21 result season will kick-off on Monday with the biggie, TCS announcing its FY21 audited result. During the week, Infosys and Wipro will announce results. Investors will keep an eye on dollar revenue growth and EBIT margin delivered by IT companies during the result season. Apart from the IT sector, the rising raw material prices are expected to affect the profitability and margins of industrial companies.
  • The key macro numbers like inflation data, Industrial production, Wholesale Price Index (WPI), export and import data are to be announced during the week.

Expect more stability hereon: Indiabulls Housing Finance

Update on Indian Equity Market:

Markets started the first week of FY22E on a negative note as Nifty closed the day 230 points lower at 14,638. The fresh restrictions amid rising COID-19 cases might be the reason behind the move. Within the index, HCL TECH (3.2%), TCS (2.4%),and WIPRO (2.3%) were few of the gainers while BAJFINANCE (-5.7%), INDUSINDBK (-5.5%), and SBIN (-4.5%) led the losers. Among the sectoral indices, only IT (2.0%) and METAL (0.9%) led the winners while PSU BANK (-4.1%), BANK (-3.5%), and PVT BANK (-3.4%) led the losers. 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Gagan Banga, Vice-chairman & MD, Indiabulls Housing Finance (IBULHSGFIN) with CNBC -TV18 dated 1st April 2021:

  • CRISIL has upgraded the rating outlook for IBULHSGFIN. This is the first rating upgrade for the company in two years. The asset-light model is now stabilized and is now starting to scale up. The ample amount of liquidity buffers created by the company is appreciated by CRISIL.
  • He said that the macro picture in the country is improving and favorable. Home sales continued to inch up through the month of March-21. The current month (April) is looking much better compared to last year. The company expects more stability from hereon.
  • There is a lot of work to be done on the collections front. The company is very careful about improving the collection efficiency of the company.
  • IBULHSGFIN has raised a total of Rs 210bn capital through shareholders. The company continues to operate by investing in a corporate governance framework. 
  • Some of the borrowers are paying ahead of the schedule. The company is also witnessing pick-up in sales in all realty markets including Delhi, NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, etc.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • Post IL&FS era, the rating upgrade is the first relief for the company in two years. This highlights the recovery of the quality of fundamentals aided by the asset-light model and may aid in building confidence in investors. The recent capital raising also highlights the same.
  • The focus on improving collection efficiency will lead to a reduction in gross stage 2 & 3 assets in the coming months for the company. This will improve the quality of the loan book. 

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener):

  • The closing price of IBULHSGFIN was ₹ 194/- as of 5-April-2021.  It traded at 0.47x/ 0.48x the consensus Book Value estimate of ₹ 412/ 407 for FY22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 155/- which trades at 0.38x the BV estimate for FY23E of ₹ 407/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

 

Current capacities fully utilized, need expansion to meet demand: Minda Industries

Update on Indian Equity Market:

After a blockbuster start of a 3-day week, markets traded lower to end the last day of FY21 as Nifty closed the day 154 points lower at 14,691.  Within the index, TATASTEEL (2.3%), GRASIM (2.3%), and UPL (1.9%) were few of the gainers while HDFC (-3.9%), HDFCBANK (-3.8%), and FMCG (1.0%) led the winners while FIN SERVICES (-2.0%), PVT BANK (-1.9%), and BANK (-1.7%) led the losers. 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Sunil Bohra, ED & Group CFO, Minda Industries Ltd (MINDAIND) with CNBC -TV18 dated 30th March 2021:

  • The board of MINDAIND has approved the company’s expansion into four-wheel lighting business and four-wheel alloy wheel businesses due to an improved market scenario and increased demand.
  • In the Bawal plant of Haryana, the current capacity of 120,000 wheels/ month will be increased to 180,000 wheels/ month. This will be a part of the brownfield expansion.
  • The second plant aiming at the production of lighting is a Greenfield expansion plan.  Both the plants are expected to commission the production in FY22E.
  • The company is already running its alloy wheel business beyond its current capacity. The company is making sure that surplus capacity is available considering the additional orders received by the company. The aftermarket sales are having a positive momentum further creating demand for the alloy wheel segment.
  • Current sales in the lighting business are around Rs 4bn odd a year. The new orders received by the company are for more than Rs 2bn a year leading to the creation of a new plant.
  • The financing for both projects will be from internal accruals. The company might need a little bit of debt depending upon the funding requirement.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • The decision to expand the lighting and alloy business paints a healthy picture about the order book of the company for at least the next 24 months. The Company is expected to witness above-average growth due to pent-up orders.
  • The company is currently running the business at full capacity utilization. As a result, the growth in fundamentals till the commissioning of the new plant might not represent the true state of demand for the company.

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website):

  • The closing price of MINDAIND was ₹ 540/- as of 31-March-2021.  It traded at 94x/ 41x/ 29x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 5.8/ 13.5/ 18.9 for FY21E/22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 535/- which trades at 28x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 18.9/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Expect Paracetamol prices to stabilize over a quarter or two – Granules India

Update on Indian Equity Market:

A day ahead of monthly F&O expiry, markets were in sell-off mode largely led by banks as Nifty fell 1.8% to 14,549. Within the index, CIPLA (1.8%), ASIANPAINT (1.4%) and POWERGRID (0.9%) were the only gainers while TATASTEEL (-4.7%), TATAMOTORS (-4.2%) and ADANIPORTS (-3.8%) led the losers. Among the sectoral indices, only PHARMA (0.1%) managed to close in green while PSU BANK (-3.3%), METAL (-3.2%), and REALTY (-2.9%) led the losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Ms. Priyanka Chigurupati, ED & Head of Strategy, Granules India (GRANULES) with CNBC -TV18 dated 23rd March 2021:

  • The bulk drug prices of common pain killer drug, Paracetamol, has risen by 75-80 percent in India over the past two to three months. This spike is due to a 60 percent price rise in the two key raw materials used to manufacture the drug.
  • The prices went up from Rs 350 in the domestic market to around Rs 600. The key raw material, Para Amino Phenol (PAP) has seen a sharp increase in the last few months. One of the Chinese facilities responsible for about 46% of the PAP production in the world has shut down resulting in a supply shortage.
  • On the other side, the Chinese companies have increased consumption of PAP due to increasing demand for Paracetamol, further adding pressure on the raw material. 
  • The Company expects this to be a little blip for the next quarter or two. The management is confident of achieving year-end guidance.
  • The Company expects excess supply of PAP in the world over the next few months. This will act as a catalyst for downward pressure on the prices.
  • The Company has passed on the increased cost to its customers. The Company uses formula-based pricing with its strategic partners and has been able to take up most of the price increases. 

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • The rise in selling price will provide a boost to the top-line during the next quarter or two. This boost will be short-lived as the prices will revert to mean. The price rise has been sharp and may even see muted or slight decline in volumes.
  • As the Company has able to pass on most of the cost rise to its customers, the absolute profitability will see growth. The Company may witness a dip in margins as the base for revenues is high due to higher realization.

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website):

  • The closing price of GRANULES was ₹ 323/- as of 24-March-2021.  It traded at 15x/ 13x/ 11x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 21.8/ 24.8/ 29.7 for FY21E/22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 450/- which trades at 15x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 29.7/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

 

Reorganization of verticals will help the company reduce costs: Minda Industries

Update on Indian Equity Market:

Markets continued to feel the pressure of rising bond yields as Nifty fell 163 points to 14,558.  Within the index, ITC (4.0%), BAJAJAUTO (2.9%) and HINDALCO (1.9%) were few of the gainers while HCL TECH (-3.5%), INFY (-3.3%) and DIVISLAB (-3.0%) led the losers. Among the sectoral indices, only FMCG (0.1%), and METAL (0.04%) managed to close in green while IT (-3.1%), PHARMA (-2.3%) and PSU BANK (-2.0%) led the losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Sunil Bohra, ED & Group CFO, Minda Industries (MINDAIND) with CNBC -TV18 dated 17th March 2021:

  • Minda Industries has re-aligned its business verticals as the auto ancillary company is focusing on the centralization of operations of the company. The centralization theme will help cross-sale of products in the export market.
  • The company plans to have an increased focus on exports. Towards that goal, the company has set up a dedicated marketing office in Japan.
  • The objective of this move was to keep the fixed costs at the same level while increasing the sales. The company wanted to get synergies of scale to improve margins. The second objective was, some of the functions like marketing, commercial, were not reaping benefits of scale due to de-centralization.
  • The company now will have the ability to negotiate better prices with vendors. The company is confident of positive operating leverage at play in the medium term. This along with improved revenues will yield benefits for the company.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • The aim for the restructuring of an organization is a long-term process. If executed as per expectation, the company may see increased growth rates in revenues over a few years.
  • The objective of centralization is to keep fixed costs at similar levels to benefit from positive operating leverage. The company may witness improvement in profitability margins as a result of this move. 

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener):

  • The closing price of MINDAIND was ₹ 551/- as of 18-March-2021.  It traded at 95x/ 41x/ 29x the consensus EPS estimate of 5.8/ 13.5/ 18.9 for FY21E/22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is 535/- which trades at 28x the EPS estimate for FY23E of 18.9/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

This week in a nutshell (March 8th to March 12th)

Technical talks

  • NIFTY opened the week on 8th March at 15,002 and closed on 12th March at 15,031. As expected the index traded in a range with no clear trend. The index is trading above its 20DMA of 15,015, which might act as a support. On the upside, the recent all-time of 15,432 might act as resistance. The index might trade in the range of the above-mentioned levels before making a strong move on either side.

Weekly highlights

  • Markets continued to rise for the first three days of the week before falling off to end the holiday-shortened week on a flat note. IT (2.6%) and Bank (0.6%) led the indices higher while Realty (-2.3%), Auto (-1.3%) and Bank (-1.2%) ended the week with most losses.
  • India’s life insurance sector registered a strong new business premium (NBP) growth of 21% in February, bucking its recent trend where it registered either tepid growth or a decline since November. The latest data from the Insurance & Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) indicated that the NBP, which is a key metric to gauge the performance of life insurers grew to Rs 224 bn in February for India’s 24 life insurers, compared with Rs 185 bn a year ago. 
  • The US markets hit a new closing high as investors cheered on the passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. President Biden signed the bill and the IRS will begin sending payments out as soon as 14th March. 
  • Brent crude futures jumped above $70 a barrel during the week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began; while WTI crude touched its highest in more than two years, following reports of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. The front-month WTI price touched $67.86 a barrel earlier, the highest since October 2018.
  • The government, which owns 54% in BEML, invited expressions of interest for the stake sale in the defense equipment maker, along with the transfer of management control. At least six companies, including Tata Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra, and Ashok Leyland, are looking to buy a 26% stake in BEML Ltd. 
  • Wholesale dispatches from auto OEMs reported mixed volume performance in February 2021. Dispatches of passenger vehicles (PV) increased by 17.9% YoY in February 2021, according to the data released by SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) on 10th March 2021. This is the seventh time in a row that PV wholesale dispatches were positive. Total sales in the two-wheelers segment witnessed a YoY growth of 10.2%. 
  • The trend in FII flows continued as they pumped in Rs 11280 mn while DIIs turned net buyers with Rs 12,390 mn purchases during the week.

Things to watch out

  • The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation and Manufacturing data along with Export-Import data for the month of February are expected to be released in the next week. 

Rising commodity costs, a headwind in managing cost reduction: Crompton Greaves

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

After a big sell-off on Friday, markets witnessed some relief as Nifty started the week on a positive note with 252 point gains to close at 14,782. Within the sectoral indices, all but one, PSU BANK (-0.3%), closed in green led by MEDIA (4.3%), AUTO (2.4%), and METAL (2.0%). The Nifty index followed similar path as only one stock, BHARTIARTL (-4.3%) closed in the red. POWERGRID (6.7%), ONGC (5.5%), and GRASIM (5.4%) led the gainers within the index.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Shantanu Khosla, Managing Director, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals (CROMPTON) with CNBC -TV18 dated 25th February 2021:

  • The overall demand scenario is promising through January and February. The company reported double-digit growth in the December quarter largely driven by volumes.
  • The trend in the overall demand scenario is positive and expected to continue well into 2021. The company is expected to reach to pre-COVID levels in CY21E.
  • The B2C (Business to Consumer) delivered double-digit growth while B2G (Business to Government) and institutional segment was subdued during the December quarter.
  • Commenting on a possible GST rate reduction, he mentioned that the company has always passed on the benefit of lower tax rates to its customers and it will continue to do so in future as well. The benefit is passed on to the customers through price reductions.
  • Commodity costs have moved up significantly in the last few months. The rising prices are acting as headwinds in the cost optimization initiative taken by company. The company is managing this price rise by further deepening of cost reductions and better management.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • With the Make-in-India program and Work from Home restrictions, there was a shortage of appliances in India. As a result, domestic electrical goods companies have witnessed a surge in demand for appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, air-conditioners, and laptops.
  • CROMPTON has also been a beneficiary and reported YoY revenue growth in the appliances category in the December quarter. CROMPTON intends to increase its presence in electrical appliances category as well to meet the increasing demand.
  • As the company is focusing more on premium category products, the increasing pressure of raw material prices is expected to have lesser impact on the fundamentals of the company.

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener and investing.com websites):

  • The closing price of CROMPTON was ₹ 383/- as of 1-March-2021.  It traded at 49x/ 40x/ 34x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 8.0/ 9.8/ 11.4 for FY21E/22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 451/- which trades at 40x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 11.4/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Slippages and Credit cost to remain within guidance: State Bank of India

Update on Indian Equity Market:

Markets bounced back from Monday’s steep decline as Nifty closed the day 32 points higher at 14,708. Within the index, TATASTEEL (7.2%), TATAMOTORS (6.6%) and HINDALCO (5.7%) charged the index higher while KOTAKBANK (-3.9%), ADANIPORTS (-1.7%) and MARUTI (-1.6%) lagged the index. Among the sectoral indices, METAL (3.9%), REALTY (2.7%) and AUTO (0.8%) led the winners while FIN SERVICE (-0.5%), PVT BANK (-0.5%) and BANK (-0.4%) led the losing sectors.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr Dinesh Khara, Chairman, State Bank of India Ltd (SBIN) with CNBC -TV18 dated 22nd February 2021:

  • The bank is currently using data analytics to have more effective control over the quality of the loan book. All the measures have resulted in an improvement in the asset quality for the bank.
  • The quality of unsecured loan book depends upon the underwriting of the book. In the unsecured loan portfolio held by the bank, the majority of borrowers are salaried employees either from Government, the public sector or well-rated corporates. To that extent, although it is unsecured, there are no challenges in this book.
  • The corporate loan to working capital book ratio stands at 70:30 at present. He expects working capital utilization to improve with improving capacity utilization. 
  • The bank is not looking at the divestment of any subsidiary at the moment. He said that the bank will evaluate various options available for capital raising in the next financial year and could look at investment in the mutual fund business.
  • The bank is keeping a close watch on the stressed assets’ book and is making efforts via one-time settlement and other means to recover the loans as soon as possible. The slippages and credit cost is expected to remain within the guidance given by the bank.  
  • Digital transactions have gone up significantly in the current year. It has gone to the extent of 64% of the total transactions. The bank is trying to reduce its operating costs to improve cost to income ratio.

 Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • The focus on asset quality and the use of data analytics to keep watch on the quality of the book will lead to prompt decision making regarding the health of the loan book. With this, the confidence to achieve credit cost and slippages as per guidance reflects well for the company.
  • With the pick-up in economic activities, the improvement in collection efficiency augurs well for the banking industry. This will strengthen the asset quality as per the expectation of management.
  • The intent of taking efforts to monetize the stressed assets’ book will help the bank to strengthen the balance sheet over the period of time.

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener and investing.com websites):

  • The closing price of SBIN was ₹ 397/- as of 23-February-2021.  It traded at 1.5x/ 1.3x/ 1.2x the consensus book value estimate of ₹ 269/ 301/ 340 for FY21E/22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 385/- which trades at 1.1x the book value estimate for FY23E of ₹ 340/-

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”