Growth picking up post demonetization, GST- Mr V.P.Nandakumar, Manappuram Finance

Growth picking up post demonetization, GST- Mr V.P.Nandakumar, Manappuram Finance

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Friday, NIFTY closed -0.6% lower. Among sectoral indices NIFTY Metal (-2.3%), NIFTY Pharma (-1.2%), NIFTY IT (-1.1%) closed lower while, NIFTY Realty (+1.2%), NIFTY PSU Bank (+0.8%), NIFTY Bank (+0.6%) higher. The biggest gainers were Kotak Bank (+3.7%), SBI (+2.4%), IndusInd Bank (+1.9%) whereas Tata Motors (-5.0%), ONGC (-4.5%), and PowerGrid (-3.6%) ended with losses.

Edited excerpts from an interview of Mr V.P.Nandakumar, MD, CEO, Manappuram Finance on CNBC-TV18

  • Targeted growth in gold loan had been 10-12%. In three quarters the achieved growth is 11%.
  • Price increase of gold has helped the company and that has led to volume growth.
  • Microfinance institutions (MFIs) are doing well and the asset quality is also maintained in this difficult hour for the non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) industry. The gold loan industry and the MFI industry are faring better.
  • Overall demand is better  in last three quarters.
  • In non – gold loan, the recovery is slightly less because of natural calamities such as floods, political issues.
  • There is some interference of local politicians with the collection but the companies themselves are confident of achieving it.
  • 10%-15% AUM is growth is expected. changes made in regulation, demonetization, GST have crippled the market. The market is now picking up post-GST, demonetization.
  • The company has raised $300 Mn as overseas bonds and the cost is 11.6%. The coupon rate was 5.9% but because of hedging, the all-inclusive cost is about 11.6%.
  • The domestic cost is easing because of the banks’ lending rates, it has slightly come down. It is now 9.25%.
  • Speaking about the decision to take dollar loan Mr V.P Nandakumar says, the domestic cost is low but the sectoral liquidity pressure cannot be ignored. There is liquidity pressure in the NBFC sector.
  • Mr Nandakumar says natural calamity is a challenge that the company faced. In the last year, there had been floods and that had led to delays.
  • Speaking on asset quality, he says, the company is analyzing district wise and pin code wise. with these measures, he doesn’t think the asset quality will deteriorate any further.

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Manappuram Finance was ₹ 188/- as of 31-January-20. It traded at 2.8x / 2.3x / 1.8x the consensus Book Value for FY20E / 21E / 22E of ₹ 64.9/81.6/101 respectively.
  • Consensus target price of ₹ 190/- implies a Price to Book multiple of 1.8x on FY22E Book Value of ₹ 101.

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