Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Thursday, Nifty closed in the red at 15,081. Among the sectoral indices, Media (+1.6%), and Realty (+0.1%) closed higher. Metals (-2.0%), Financial Services (-1.8%), and Financial Services 25/50 (-1.6%) closed in the red. Ultratech Cement (+3.9%), Adani Ports (+3.0%), and Shree Cement (+2.9%) closed on a positive note. JSW Steel (-2.9%), HDFC (-2.6%), and Hindalco (-2.6%) were among the top losers.
Excerpts from an interview of Mr. Keki Mistry, Vice Chairman & CEO of HDFC with CNBC-TV18 dated 03rd March 2021:
- Interest rates may bottom out by March-end and there is not much downside expected from current levels.
- The demand for housing loans is extremely strong. In Q3FY21, individual loan disbursements were ~26% higher YoY for HDFC.
- 3rd quarter of last year (2019) was not impacted by covid, which indicates that the growth was not on a lower base.
- HDFC manages COF (Cost of funds) carefully which helps to manage spread in higher/lower interest rate scenarios. The incremental cost of borrowings is coming down, which led to rate cut by some players. HDFC will also take an ALM meeting to take a decision on this front.
- He said that on a 9-month basis individual loans constituted 76% of total loans and 24% is non-individual loans.
- In non-individual loans, 11% is construction finance and the rest is lease rental discounting. 80% of the growth came from individual loans and the rest from non-individual loans in 9MFY21.
- There is a pickup in demand in every segment.
- Speaking on projects, he said the builders are able to finish projects. Some projects are stuck and they are taking a bit more time to come around.
- The company is not looking to raise capital.
- The company is looking to list HDFC ERGO and HDFC Credila, however, it is still in the planning stage.
Asset Multiplier comments:
- Cheaper home loan rates have helped people to buy homes. The Home loan rates are already at a 15 year low. This has acted as a trigger for rising home loans.
- RBI has lowered its repo by 115 bps since March 2020, the bank has also passed these benefits by offering lower interest rates.
- Many players like SBI, Kotak Mahindra Bank have announced a reduction in home loan interest rates.
- Lower interest rates and lower stamp duty in some regions might act as a demand driver for residential real estate in India.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: Market screener and Investing.com website)
- The closing price of HDFC was ₹ 2,585 as of 04-March-2021. It traded at 4.4x/4.0x/3.6 the consensus Book value per share estimate of ₹ 582/633/699 for FY21E/FY22E/FY23E respectively.
- The consensus average target price is ₹ 2,921/- which implies a PB multiple of 4.1x on FY23E BVPS of 699/-.
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