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Rural demand is still strong, vehicle availability an issue – M&MFIN

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

 

On Thursday, Nifty closed 0.2% higher at 14,895. Within NIFTY50, JSWSTEEL (+9.6%), TATASTEEL(+6.6%), and BAJAJFINSV(+6.5%) were top gainers, while HEROMOTOCO (-2.4%),EICHERMOT(-2.3%), and BAJAJ-AUTO(-1.8%) were the top losing stocks. Among the sectoral indices, METAL (+4.5%), PHARMA (+0.3%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES 25/50 (+0.2%) were the highest gainers, while PSU BANK (-1.1%), AUTO (-1.0%), and FMCG (-0.4%) were the top losers.

 

Rural demand is still strong, vehicle availability an issue – M&MFIN

 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Ramesh Iyer, MD&Vice Chairman, M&M Financial (M&MFIN), aired on CNBC-TV18 on 26th April 2021:

  • M&MFIN represents the rural and semi-urban vehicle markets. Non-availability of vehicles has led to a lower growth in disbursements for M&MFIN.
  • MHCVswere a growth story for M&MFIN earlier and this segment has also been under pressure leading to lower growth.
  • Collections are good while disbursements are slower, again contributing to a slower growth on the balance sheet.
  • Iyer expects 2HFY22E to be strong once the availability of vehicles is smoothened. The demand in rural India is still strong.
  • Iyer thinks that they have sufficient provisioning for current book. As the 2nd Covid-19 wave is spreading to the rural areas unlike the 1st wave, M&MFIN will take a very cautious approach in 1HFY22E.
  • M&MFIN had GNPA of about 9% in 4QFY21. The seasonality of agriculture means that there is a tendency for GNPAs to go up in the 1st half of the financial year, even without Covid disruption. So 1HFY22E will be the correct period to watch out for in terms of asset quality trends.
  • Iyer is positive on the agri cash flow on back of good monsoon forecast. Infra projects were ready to start which have again faced disruption due to the second wave of covid-19. But as those projects also start post monsoon, the asset growth should be back in 2HFY22E.
  • Industry players are seeing customers wanting smaller EMIs and extended period- i.e. restructuring, which again seems necessary from customer perspective. Regulators’ decision on the same remains to be seen.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • Several states have imposed lockdowns or restrictions to curb the rising Covid-19 cases. Vehicle demand could see further slowdown due to restricted public mobility, leading to slower disbursements for vehicle financiers.
  • Several banks as well as NBFCs that have reported 4QFY21 results have commented that current provisioning seems adequate. But the situation is still developing and any stress in the loan book will only be visible by the end of 1QFY22E.

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

  • The closing price of M&MFIN was ₹ 165 as of 29-April-2021. It traded at 1.3x/ 1.1x the consensus BVPS estimate of ₹ 131/145 for FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 186/- implies a PE multiple of 1.3x on FY23E BVPS of ₹145/-.

 

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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/-

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Disbursement growth will be higher than AUM growth– CHOLAFIN

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

 

On Monday, Nifty closed 0.1% higher at 14,956. Within NIFTY50, UPL (+7.1%), GAIL (+4.3%), and LT (+3.4%) were the top gainers, while INDUSINDBK (-2.2%), SHREECEM (-2.2%), and BAJFINANCE (-2.1%) were the top losing stocks. Among the sectoral indices, PSU BANK (+1.6%), MEDIA (+1.0%), and METAL (+0.8%) were the top gainers while REALTY (-1.1%), FMCG (-0.5%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES (-0.4%) were the top losers.

 

Disbursement growth will be higher than AUM growth– CHOLAFIN

 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. D Arul Selvan, Executive VP and CFO, Cholamandalam Investment and Finance (CHOLAFIN), aired on CNBC-TV18 on 4th March 2021:

  • Commercial Vehicles (CV) replacement has been delayed by about 2 years now due to a series of factors such as axle load norms, BS6 implementation, and covid-19 impact. Mr. Selvan expects the replacement demand to kick in as CVs have to be replaced sooner or later. February 2021 itself saw good growth across CV segments.
  • Disbursements will have good growth in FY22E, but the AUM growth will not be the same. During the moratorium period, disbursements dropped but AUM was not impacted in the absence of repayments. Now as repayments also happen, disbursement growth will be higher while the AUM growth will be lower.
  • CHOLAFIN is adequately provided and won’t see higher credit costs. The collections are also improving. February as a 28-day month generally has lower absolute collections. However, collections in February 2021 have been marginally higher than January 2021.
  • Selvan is seeing that the earning potential of customers is improving and they are now able to service loans comfortably.
  • CHOLAFIN’s 4QFY21E RoE should be significantly better than FY20 reported numbers and directionally, the RoE would now improve.
  • Mr Selvan expects that the NIMs will be stable. NIMs could have marginally improved but CHOLAFIN is now scaling up on M&HCV segment which has lower NIMs. M&HCV lending business has a lower yield but it is compensated by much lower operating expenses and lower loan losses.

 

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • CV cycle recovery has been a matter of debate between industry players for some time now. Some companies seem to be banking on the hope that CV recovery is here, while some players think we are still some time away from the upcycle.
  • Lenders across board have been witnessing improvement in collection efficiency. This is attributable to opening up of the economy post lockdown.

 

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

  • The closing price of CHOLAFIN was ₹ 537 as of 8-March-2021. It traded at 4.5x/ 3.8x/ 3.1x the consensus BVPS estimate of ₹ 119/142/171 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 444/- implies a PB multiple of 2.6 on FY23E BVPS of ₹171/-.

 

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Bigger demand in financing younger vehicles – Shriram Transport Finance

Update on Indian Equity Market:

The Budget 2021 induced rally which started on Monday continued as Nifty50 closed the day 142 points higher at 14,790. The rally was led by PHARMA (2.8%) along with PSU BANK (2.6%) and PVT BANK (1.7%) continued its upward journey while REALTY (-0.4%) and FMCG (-0.1%) were the only sectors that closed in the red. Within the index, INDUSINDBK (7.3%), POWERGRID (6.0%) and DIVISLAB (4.7%) were the biggest gainers whereas SHREECEM (-1.6%), UPL (-1.5%), and ULTRACEMCO (-1.0%) were the biggest losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Umesh Revankar, Managing Director- Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd (SRTRANSFIN) with CNBC TV18 dated 2nd February 2021:

  • Mr. Revankar believes that the announcement of a voluntary vehicle scrappage policy is a positive development for the auto and allied industry. The development will increase the demand especially for financing of 3 to 10-year-old vehicles.
  • The existing loan book of the company is not impacted by the introduction of the policy. The company normally lends for a maximum of 12-13 years. However, he expects people to buy younger vehicles between 3-10 years and there will be a big demand in that space.
  • He mentioned that the company is able to raise money at low costs for a longer tenure. This is expected to reduce the overall cost of funds and eventually improve NIMs (Net Interest Margins). He is confident of breaching 7 percent in NIMs.
  • The company may do much lower than what had been planned for restructuring. As a result, the restructuring portfolio will be much smaller.
  • The credit cost as of December-2020 was at 2.59 percent which is expected to be sustainable in the next few quarters. The company is aiming to go back to 2 percent by the end of FY22E.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
•The closing price of SRTRANSFIN was ₹ 1,464/- as of 3-February-2021. It traded at 1.7x/ 1.5x/ 1.3x the consensus book value estimate of ₹ 854/ 970/ 1,093 for FY21E/FY22E/23E respectively.
• The Consensus price target of SRTRANSFIN  of  ₹ 1,393/- implies a 1.3x PB multiple on FY23E book value estimate of ₹1,093/-.

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Used data analytics to gain rural market share – L&T Finance

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

 

On Wednesday, Nifty closed 0.9% higher at 14,645. Within NIFTY50, TATAMOTORS (+6.1%), ADANIPORTS (+4.4%), and WIPRO (+3.4%) were the top gainers, while POWERGRID (-2.1%), SHREECEM (-1.8%), and NTPC (-1.6%) were the top losing stocks. Among the sectoral indices, AUTO (+2.3%), IT (+2.2%), and PSU BANK (+2.1%) were the top gainers while FMCG (-0.2%) was the only losing sector.

 

Used data analytics to gain rural market share – L&T Finance

 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr Dinanath Dubhashi, MD & CEO, L&T Finance (L&TFH), aired on CNBC-TV18 on 18th January 2021:

  • L&TFH reported 10% YoY PAT growth in 3QFY21 on the back of good disbursements, good fees, good performance on liquidity and cost of funds, and maintaining asset quality.
  • The industry has seen an uptick in demand from rural India. This is due to a combination of structural as well as seasonal factors. The general wellbeing of farmers due to several government schemes has led to higher discretionary spending ability. Seasonal factors including good rainfall for 3 years, good reservoir levels, excellent Kharif prices, and rabi sowing higher YoY have all contributed to rural demand.
  • L&TFH has used data analytics to benefit from the rural demand surge. It has helped L&TFH to gain market share till 2QFY21 and maintain it in 3QFY21. 
  • In 3QFY21, L&TFH had all-time high disbursements in tractors and 2-wheelers.
  • GNPA has marginally moderated to 5.12% in 3QFY21 vs 5.19% in 2QFY21. NNPA increased to 1.9% in 3QFY21 from 1.6% in 2QFY21.
  • Collection efficiency is better than pre-Covid levels for the farm segment, back to the pre-Covid level for the 2-wheeler segment, good collections are happening even in the wholesale businesses.
  • On provisions, the worry has not ended but new worries are not coming in either. L&TFH has not created more provisions on Stage 1 & 2 assets in 3QFY21.  In 3QFY21, L&TFH has provided Rs 1,440 mn for an HFC exposure to the extent of the entire gap between existing provisions and expected resolution money. 
  • L&TFH is still very much RoE focused, but this year is not the one to be overly concerned about RoE. This year is about remaining liquid, solvent, maintaining excellent asset quality, and maintaining market position.

 

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of L&TFH was ₹ 104.2 as of 20-January-2021. It traded at 1.3x/ 1.2x/ 1.1x the consensus BVPS estimate of ₹ 77.7 /85.9 /97.6 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 103.8/- implies a PE multiple of 1.1x on FY23E BVPS of ₹ 97.6/-.

 

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The auto industry will be back in full form in FY22E – Chola Finance

Update on Indian equity market:
Markets bounced back to erase Monday’s steep loss as Nifty closed the day 138 points higher at 13,466. Within the index, ADANIPORTS (5.6%), HCLTECH (5.4%) and TECHM (4.1%) led the index higher while KOTAKBANK (-1.0%), HDFC (-0.7%) and BAJFINANCE (-0.6%) were the highest losers. All the sectoral indices closed the day in green led by IT (3.4%), PHARMA (2.2%), and METAL (1.4%).
Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Arulselvan D., Executive Vice-President & CFO, Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company (Chola finance) published on CNBC-TV18 dated 21st December 2020:
The impact of COVID-19 impact is behind now. The disbursements, collections, and profitability is expected to reach the pre-pandemic level in one or two quarters.
Demand in the auto segment surged ahead of the festive season. The auto industry will be back in full form in FY22E. The company will look to catch up with lost business during the COVID period in FY22E.
Post moratorium, there are certain segments that are not out of its COVID-19 pressure like the school bus segment, employee transport buses, and to some extent heavy commercial vehicles.
The company is witnessing improvement in the collection on a month-on-month basis and good traction from moratorium customers.
The rural segment especially is doing well because of good monsoon. More than 85% of the company’s branches are in the rural area and the company is confident of growth in the rural parts of the country.
Net interest margin will show a slight improvement from hereon. The cost of funds has reduced further with improvement in yields.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
The closing price of Chola finance was ₹ 360/- as of 21-Dec-2020. It traded at 3.1x/ 2.7x/ 2.3x the consensus Book Value estimate of ₹ 116/ 135/ 160 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
The consensus target price of ₹ 380/- implies a P/B multiple of 2.4x on FY23E BV of ₹ 160.
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 15% AUM growth going ahead – Muthoot Finance

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Wednesday, NIFTY closed in red at 13,478 (-0.38%). Top gainers in NIFTY50 were Nestle (+4.1%), ITC (+3.8%), and Britannia (+3.1%). The top losers were UPL (-11.3%), Ultra Cement (-3.3%), and Shree Cement (-2.8%). The top sectoral gainers were FMCG (+2.8%), REALTY (+0.4%), and METAL (+0.2%) and the sectoral losers were MEDIA (-1.6%), PSU BANK (-1.5%), and AUTO (-0.9%).

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. George Alexander Muthoot, MD – Muthoot Finance with CNBC TV18 dated 9th December 2020:
• 3QFY21 has seen a reasonable pick up in the gold loan financing business and the demand for gold loans among MSME and small shop owners have been recovering, according to Muthoot Finance.
• Gold loans would do well in the coming days as the demand in most places has risen reasonably.
• In Q3FY21, they are seeing a reasonably good pick up in gold loan demand. Everywhere things are starting to open up, so probably business should come back to what it was pre-COVID.
• As far as gold loan is concerned, they see good pick up in the demand and they see gold loan companies doing well in the coming days.
• He expects to see a minimum of 15 percent assets under management (AUM) growth on a
• Year-on-year (YoY) basis in the next four-five years.
• Gold prices are expected to stabilize near Rs 50,000 per 10 grams level going forward.
• Banks get bigger loans while NBFCs get smaller ticket-sized loans.
• Muthoot Finance plans to open around 100-150 branches in the next 12 months.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and investing.com websites)
• The closing price of MUTHOOTFIN was ₹ 1,183/- as of 10th December 2020. It traded at 3.6x/ 2.6x/ 2.2x the consensus Book value estimate of ₹ 364/ 451/ 540 for FY21E/FY22E/23E respectively.
• The consensus price target of MUTHOOTFIN is ₹ 1,300/- which trades at 2.4x the book value estimate for FY23E of ₹ 540/-
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.”

Enough liquidity in the system, but credit flow weak – Edelweiss

Update on Indian equity market:
Indian markets were muted today with Nifty closing the day 4 points higher at 11,935. Within the index, the gainers were led by IT biggies like HCLTECH (+4.1%), INFY (+2.5%) and KOTAKBANK (+2.2%) whereas CIPLA (-3.6%), TITAN (-2.6%) and ADANIPORTS (-2.5%) were the laggards. Among the sectoral indices, only IT (+1.3%) and METAL (+0.4%) closed in green whereas PHARMA (-1.8%), PSU BANK (-1.5%), and PVT BANK (-0.9%) led the laggards.
Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Rashesh Shah, CEO, Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. (Edelweiss) published on CNBC-TV18 dated 12th October 2020:
50% of the loan book was under moratorium when it was announced by the Government. The same number has been under 20% by the end of September. 80% of customers are paying regularly. He said that the company has exposure to only semi-formal and formal sectors. The current Non-Performing Assets (NPA) is at 2-3%.
Commenting on the impact of the pandemic on the company’s books, he said that 2% should be the impact of credit cost purely because of COVID-19. He said that growth and profitability are the two challenges for the Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFC) sector.
Liquidity in the system has improved in the last four-five months through various measures like TLTRO, partial credit guarantee schemes taken by the RBI. He said that liquidity is ample but the market is currently lacking the credit flow.
The bond market needs to get stabilized, long term credit flow needs to get started again for risk-taking, and the investment cycle to start again. The bond markets are currently dislocated and not yet back to 60-70% of the pre-ILFS levels.
The company has recently raised Rs 20,000 mn through the stake sale in the wealth management business, which is more than 5% of the company’s book size.
He said that the capital adequacy ratio for the housing finance business is at 25%, retail NBFC at 28%, and ECL finance at 21%.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener & investing.com websites)
The closing price of Edelweiss was ₹ 60/- as of 13-Oct-2020. It traded at 0.9x/ 0.8x/ 0.8x the consensus Book Value estimate of ₹ 66/ 70/ 77 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
The consensus target price of ₹ 87/- implies a P/BV multiple of 1.1x on FY23E BV of ₹ 77.
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All three companies- Finance, Life and General Insurance growing well– Bajaj Finserv

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Friday, Nifty closed with 2.3% gains at 11,050. Within NIFTY50, BAJAJFINSV (+6.6%), HCLTECH (+5.3%), and CIPLA (+5.1%) were the top gainers, while SBILIFE (-1.1%), BPCL (-0.9%), and UPL (-0.6%) were the only losing stocks. All the sectoral indices ended positive withIT (+3.5%), MEDIA (+3.4%), and AUTO (+3.4%) gaining the most.

All three companies- Finance, Life and General Insurance growing well– Bajaj Finserv

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Sanjiv Bajaj, Chairman and MD, Bajaj Finserv (BAJAJFINSV), published on ETBFSI website dated 23rdSeptember 2020:
• Seven or eight years ago, the life insurance company (BALIC) and general insurance company (BAGIC) contributed to around 75-80% of Bajaj Finserv’s consolidated profits. BALIC contributed the largest, followed byBAGIC, and the least contribution came from Bajaj Finance.
• This has changed significantly since then. Today, Bajaj Finance is the largest contributor to consolidated profitability, followed by BAGIC and BALIC respectively.
• Bajaj Finserv owns 74% of the two insurance companies and a little under 52% of the finance company. So the proportion of the profit pick up ends up being different.
• All three engines are growing well so the shareholders get a diversified mix of profits from these companies.
• Companies under the Bajaj Finserv umbrella have become even more digital than before. Management has plans for the businesses to come out stronger, better and to provide a set of solutions for customers keeping in mind lessons learnt in this crisis is what the customers need.
1. Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance (BALIC)
• Life insurance is a peculiar business in the sense that when it is growing fast, the business burns more cash upfront in the form of commissions and expenses. But the company earns premium over a period of time and makes profits in later years. On the other hand, through slow growth years, the opposite happens and the profit goes up.
• Post the difficult lockdown phase, BALIC’s premium collections have come back to 80-85% of pre-COVID levels.
• The two insurance businesses are distributed very well through the country. As a result the recovery is quite good because recovery outside of the top 10, 20 cities has been very strong.
2. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance (BAGIC)
• Bajaj’s market share within general insurance companies is between 6.5% and 7%. Bajaj runs a diversified set of business lines, and most of these lines have market shares which are more or less around the 6.5%-7%`range.
• The market share also varies year on year based on changing competition and market opportunities.
• Bajaj may not be the cheapest policy issuer but is quick, fair, and transparent not only in policy issuances but also in claim handling.
• In the case of crop insurance, it is about 6.5-7% of Bajaj’s mix of the overall industry’s share. There are two main seasons -kharif and rabi –and the share of this business line in Bajaj’s business depends on what the dynamic is in that season. But it normally evens out over a year.
• In terms of uptick in motor insurance, the picture is still not very clear. There is growth due to pent-up demand and further growth is expected due to the upcoming festive season. But what will happen post that towards end of FY21E is unclear.
• The demand is still interwoven with the impact of the pandemic on local lives. Bajaj saw good growth in June. But July and part of August were terrible because of local lockdowns.
3. Bajaj Finance
• Due to the local lockdowns in the last few months, the business in top 20 cities got severely impacted.
• Bajaj Finance got impacted more compared to BAGIC and BALIC as it has a large percentage of business coming from the top 20 cities. But things have been getting better from August.
• Over two-thirds of the borrowers, who took the moratorium, had never bounced with Bajaj Finance earlier. That means they were conserving liquidity.
• Almost 30% of the book took a moratorium in the first couple of months. It came down to the low teens in the last two months. As people got more confident and as the cities and businesses started opening up, they started paying as well and that is a very good sign.
• Even though things are moving in the right direction, the situation is still unpredictable. Bajaj Finance continues to be extra conservative, has stocked up on liquidity and continues to make additional provisions.
• Bajaj Finance also remains conservative in incremental lending and will go back to growth when things start to improve.

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener and investing.com websites)
• The closing price of BAJAJFINSV was ₹ 5,784/- as of 25-September-2020. It traded at 2.6x/ 2.3x/ 2.0x the consensus BVPS estimate of ₹ 2,188/2,478/ 2,873 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 7,248/- implies a PB multiple of 2.5x on FY23E BVPS of ₹ 2,873/-.

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Expect 90% collection efficiency in September – Shriram Transport Finance

Update on Indian equity market:
Markets continued to fall further on Tuesday after a sharp selloff on Monday as Nifty closed 99 points lower at 11,152. Among the stocks, HCLTECH (+2.3%), TCS (+2.2%) and GRASIM (+1.8%) were the top-performing stocks while ZEEL (-6.6%), ADANIPORTS (-4.8%), and GAIL (-4.5%) were the laggards. Within the sectoral indices, only IT (+1.2%) and PHARMA (+1.0%) were able to close the day in green whereas MEDIA (-2.4%), AUTO (-1.8%), and REALTY (-1.5%) were the sectors that bled the most.
Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Umesh Revankar, Managing Director & CEO, Shriram Transport Finance (Shriram) aired on CNBC TV18 dated 21st September 2020:
September is the first month without a loan moratorium. Since there is no moratorium, the collection has to be really good. In addition, most of the locations under lockdown have been opened up. The containment zones are the problem areas.
In May, 51% of the company’s borrowers made partial or full payment, up from 24% in the month of April. It increased to 71% in June while it remained flat in the months of July and August. About 73% of clients made payments in August. The company is expecting a 90% collection efficiency in the month of September. He said that the company is able to meet customers physically and they are willing to pay. They have observed delays in payments by very few customers.
He said that the disbursements are also picking up. The disbursements in the month of August were 50% of last year’s levels which has increased to 75% in September. The company expects to reach 90-100% of the monthly run rate in October- November period.
The business has been picked up in the second half of August in semi-urban and rural areas. He said that urban areas are mostly seeing e-commerce activity leading to some demand.
The company expects the business to be normal and to pre-lockdown levels by December as their customer segment is mostly owner-operator of the vehicle and less dependent on outside driver/ helper.
The festival period in October- November is likely to be good for the business. Some sectors like travel & tourism will take a little more time to recover. He said that the demand in the rural market has been really good and the NBFC should be able to improve business there with better penetration.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener & investing India website)
The closing price of Shriram was ₹ 642/- as of 22-Sept-2020. It traded at 0.8x/ 0.7x/ 0.6x the consensus BV estimate of ₹ 837/ 932/ 1,036 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
The consensus target price of ₹ 884/- implies a P/BV multiple of 0.9x on FY23E BV of ₹ 1,036/-.
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