Need more clarity on the extension of the moratorium: Sanjiv Bajaj, Bajaj Finserv

Need more clarity on the extension of the moratorium: Sanjiv Bajaj, Bajaj Finserv

Update on Indian equity market:

Ahead of the monthly F&O expiry session, the Nifty rallied 3.2% (286 points) largely on the back of banking stocks to close at 9,312.  Within the index, only eight stocks closed lower with SUNPHARMA (-2.0%), ULTRACEMCO (-1.5%) and ZEEL (-1.0%) being the biggest losers. Among the winners, AXISBANK (14.2%), ICICIBANK (8.9%) and WIPRO (7.1%) were the highest gainers. Within the sector indices, PVT BANK (7.5%),  BANK (7.3%) and FIN SERVICES (5.9%) were the highest gainers whereas PHARMA (-0.2%) and MEDIA (-0.1%) were the only sectors that closed in the red.

Excerpts from an interview with Mr Sanjiv Bajaj, MD & CEO, Bajaj Finserv aired on  ET NOW on 27th May 2020:


  • This pandemic has put the entire economy in a coma because both the demand as well as the supply side has stopped working. He further mentioned that the country needs to get out of lockdown as soon as possible. 
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has taken significant steps and has been quite proactive in the last few months. There is a need to stimulate the demand side as well to balance the equation. People need to be given the confidence to start spending and buy things sensibly. This is how the economy will get back to its feet.
  • According to him, the extension of moratorium was not necessary. For the first three months, the moratorium was understandable as the economy was frozen. The second three-month moratorium needs to be better calibrated. There are still clarifications that a number of companies including Bajaj Finance (a subsidiary of Bajaj Finserv) are pursuing. He would prefer allowing a one-time restructuring which gives the option to the lender to decide which truly deserve extension rather than a blanket moratorium.


  • He sought two more clarifications from the RBI. Is the second three-month moratorium applicable only to pre-Covid loans or is it available to new loans today? If somebody takes a new loan today, does he not have to pay for three months? He said that if the above two conditions are allowed, this creates a disadvantage for the lenders.
  • Speaking about the borrowing profile, he mentioned that the sources of borrowing for Bajaj Finance have been well-distributed. The Company does not have over-dependence on Banks. Second, the Company sources 20% of borrowings from fixed deposits. Third, the company keeps 4-7% of borrowings into liquid assets where returns are 4-5% instead of a 20% RoE. This is to ensure that the book stays solid. 
  • He further mentioned that Bajaj Finance at a consolidated level has liquidity of Rs 210,000 mn. It probably takes away Rs 3,000-4,000 mn of profits every year but it creates a stronger franchise in many ways mimicking what a bank does. 

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener, investing websites)

  • The closing price of Bajaj Finserv was Rs 4,249/- as of 27-May-2020. It traded at 1.9x/ 1.7x the consensus Book Value estimate of Rs 2,157/ 2,495 for FY21E/ FY22E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of Rs 6,054/- implies a PB multiple of 2.4x on the FY22E BV estimate of Rs 2,495/- 

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