Expect retail stress to reduce by September; MSME stress by Q3 or Q4– Punjab National BankTanmay Gadre
Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Tuesday, NIFTY ended at 15740 (-0.1%) as it could not sustain the intraday highs. Among the sectoral indices, IT (+1.2%), PHARMA, REALTY and MEDIA (+0.9%), ended higher while PSU BANK (-1.5%), METAL (-1.1%), and BANK (-1.0%) led the losers. Among the stocks, TATAMOTORS (+3.2%), TECHM (+2.3%), and BHARTIARTL (+2.1%) led the gainers while HINDALCO (-1.8%), TATASTEEL (-1.7%), and JSWSTEEL (-1.3%) led the losers.
Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Mallikarjuna Rao, MD, and CEO, Punjab National Bank (PNB) with CNBC TV18 on 7th June 2021:
- On an outstanding basis, the gross NPA and net NPA are flat, but the credit outstanding for the quarter ended March 2021 is down by 3%, which is why the gross NPA numbers seem elevated at 14%.
- Due to the covid-19 second wave, the proforma NPA has become worse across the banking industry, including PNB. The NPA composition consists of retail and MSME clients, whereas there are no corporates.
- As collections from clients are improving, the stress of retail clients would be adjusted to a great extent by September, and of MSMEs by Q3 or Q4 of FY22. The collections were at 91% in May 2021, and around 84% in April 2021.
- The net NPA has gone from 4% to 5.7% in Q4FY21 on a QoQ basis. Write-offs in Q4FY21 are at Rs 72280mn, whereas the recovery and upgrades are at Rs 69990 mn respectively in Q4FY21 on a QoQ basis.
- During FY21, the credit cost was at 2.5%. During FY22, the profit is expected to not be less than Rs 60,000 mn and the credit cost is expected to be at 1.5%.
- PNB is expecting a recovery of Rs 6,000 mn from DHFL, with no specific date of recovery mentioned.
- PNB is well capitalized, having a capital adequacy ratio of 14.2%
Asset Multiplier comments:
- With the various states throughout the country unlocking and recovering from the impact of the covid- 19-second wave, the collections will improve in 1HFY22 and will become better in the second half. Improving asset quality and lower credit costs will be a feature of many Indian banks in FY22E.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and investing.com websites)
- The closing price of PNB was ₹ 42/- as of 8-June-2021. It traded at 0.51x/ 0.48x the consensus book value estimate of ₹ 80.8/86.4 for FY22E/FY23E respectively.
- The consensus target price of ₹ 39/- implies a PB multiple of 0.45x on FY23E BVPS of 86.4/-.
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