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Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Prashant Kumar, MD & CEO, Yes Bank Ltd; dated 07th September 2020 from CNBC TV 18:
The recovery target would be for the entire stressed book; it is an issue about the timing. Due to COVID, the targets which the bank was expecting during FY21E have slowed down a bit. But he thinks that the bank is absolutely on track and during the current year and going forward he is confident that they will be able to recover.
Yes bank has seen a 22% cost reduction in 1QFY21. Yes Bank is targeting cost reduction of at least 10% year-on-year (YoY), but because of COVID, everything is not working in the way it used to work in the past. So, he thinks that is helping them to reduce costs further. They are working on the current situation. The Bank has launched a programme which allows a sizeable portion of the workforce to work from home which will be convenient for the younger generation & women associated with the bank.
Yes Bank already has provision coverage of almost 76% on their loan book. This loan book with 76% coverage where the estimates of loss given default (LGD) is something around 60-65%. So, that kind of loan assets can very easily move to SPV.
Talking about Dish TV stake of 24% with Yes Bank, Mr Kumar said that every case has its own merits and reasons for taking a specific course of action. In the case of Dish TV, they are evaluating the different options. He further added that there are a number of suitors for Dish TV and that they are looking for the best deal.
Deposits have seen 11% QoQ growth in 1QFY21. Going forward, he sees good progress on deposit front. There is deposit accretion seen. As of March 2020, the corporate & retail contribute is 50:50. The bank is also able to protect their margins accordingly.
Loan Book recoveries rate elongated due to COVID situation.
Yes bank looking for three partners on life as well as non- life.
Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website & investing.com)
The closing price of Yes Bank Ltd was ₹ 14/- as of 08-September-2020. It traded at 0.8x/0.5x/1.0x the consensus book value estimates of ₹ 17.0/29.0/13.5 for FY21E/FY22E/23E respectively.
The consensus target price of ₹ 28/- implies a PE multiple of 2.1x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 13.5/-.
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