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This quarter is all about consolidation of growth momentum – TCS

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Monday, NIFTY ended higher at 17,946 (+0.3%) as it closed near the intraday high level of 18,041. All the sectoral indices were gainers, led by AUTO (+3%), REALTY (+1.7%), and METAL (+1.5%) except IT which was down by (-3.3%). Among the stocks, TATAMOTORS (+9.1%), COALINDIA (+4.4%), and MARUTI (+3.4%) led the gainers while TCS (-6.3%), TECHM (-2.7%), and INFY (-1.8%) led the losers. 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO and MD, of TCS  with Business Standard on 11th October 2021:

  • TCS believes that this is one of the best quarters they have had. The growth was broad-based. From a deal win standpoint, every vertical has come back strongly.
  • Large verticals like retail and manufacturing have all done well.
  • Growth has been driven by three aspects: increased outsourcing, building a digital core, and growth and transformation agenda of clients.
  • This growth is evident in customer metrics as the numbers are above pre-pandemic baselines and each layer of the customer pyramid has grown.
  • This growth momentum is expected to continue as the demand is strong but there could be seasonality of demand and operations which are specific to industries and regions. How this seasonality pans out remains to be seen.
  • Two years ago, TCS experimented by taking in 32,000-35,000 freshers in the first two quarters and this model proved to be successful. They plan to do this in FY22 as well, as their approach to providing fresher training is modified.
  • Fresher training is no longer looked at as a standalone activity. Rather, it is deeply integrated into business units themselves. The training is more aligned to where demand is and the focus of the curriculum is in tune with the business units.
  • By participating in G&T (Growth and Transformation) projects, TCS has been trying to be aware of which part of the customer agenda they were partnering with. Creating awareness and articulating what TCS does, both internally and externally are the key part.
  • What matters is that TCS is relevant to its customer base. They have over 1,000 customers and 98% of its business is repeat business’s relevance to customers should continue and increase.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • TCS like the entirety of the IT Industry has been facing the brunt of attrition-related margin pressures. Strong brand building and employee satisfaction have helped it keep attrition at an industry low.
  • We expect these input pressures to sustain over the next 2-3 quarters post which TCS’ long-term growth levers would kick in and help the company venture into the next phase of growth.

 Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of TCS was ₹ 3,686/- as of 11-Oct-2021. It traded at 38x/33x/30x the consensus earnings per share estimate of ₹ 105/119/132 for FY22E/FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 3,978/- implies a PE multiple of 30x on FY24E EPS of ₹/132-.

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Multi-Year growth potential for all verticals – Infoedge

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, NIFTY ended higher at 17,822. The top gainers in NIFTY50 were ONGC (+10.8%), INDUSINDBK (+5.0%), and COALINDIA (+4.2%). The top losers were CIPLA (-2.4%), HINDALCO (-2.1%), and SHREECEM (-1.8%). The top gaining sectors were OIL & GAS (+2.8%), IT (+1.2%), and MEDIA (+0.8%), while the top sectoral losers were REALTY (-1.4%), HEALTHCARE (-0.7%), and PHARMA (-0.5%).  

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr. Hitesh Oberoi, CEO & MD, Info Edge with CNBCTV18 aired on 04th September 2021:

  • In the last few quarters, the job market, especially for engineers has not been of the type one has seen in maybe the last two decades. It’s a super-hot market with attrition rates for most companies going through the roof, talent is impossible to hire.
  • The company believes it is a rock-solid market, and it is slowly spreading now to the non-IT sectors as well. Starting with the IT market, which has been growing for the last three quarters but now, it’s now beginning to spread to the other sectors as well, as the Indian economy starts to recover.
  • There is a limited pool of talent, every company wants to go digital and companies have brought forward their multi-year plans. Companies that were hoping to get 30-50 percent of their business to come from digital in the next five years are now hoping that 70 percent of their business will be digital in the next two years.
  • The fact that there are remote working opportunities, people are able to get jobs not just in India but even overseas. There is this massive surge right now, one cannot overnight produce a lot of engineers, or overnight upskill them. Unless the demand is hit for some reason, the situation will continue to be like this for the next few quarters as well.
  • The company is a pure-play internet company that runs an online job portal Naukri.com. It has massively benefitted from this uptick in the employment market and has managed to translate that to revenue growth as well.
  • The company is also bullish on the growth prospects of its other website 99acres.com, a real estate classifieds platform due to demand pick-up post lock down impact. According to him, growing prices, demand pick up across the country, cheaper credit availability are all signs of a multi-year growth cycle for real estate.
  • The Wedding cycle is also poised to pick up with more liberal government policies and the pent-up demand due to lockdowns that had brought this industry to a stand -still, the upcoming festive and wedding season bodes well for Matrimony.com.
  • Infoedge continues to be a startup incubator and aggregator with investments across startups like Zomato and Policy Bazaar and the company will continue to be on the lookout for strategic acquisitions in the startup ecosystem which is currently in a valuation bubble.
  • The Company is planning to launch an in-house blue-collar job portal called JobHai which is currently in the test marketing stage and also has made strategic investments in real estate, jobs, and education verticals.
  • The company has significant cash and capital balances to fund more startups and acquisitions to expand its portfolio and will look at listing each of its businesses separately if it believes that will help shareholders unlock more value.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • The intensity of digital penetration across India has increased over the past few years, however, there is a lot more value to be unlocked for companies like Infoedge by expanding across India.
  • Infoedge has created a value chain through its verticals and strategic acquisitions that range from education to jobs, insurance to real estate, and now food delivery, which will likely consolidate its presence as the undisputed leader of internet-based aggregators in India.

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Infoedge was ₹ 6,493/- as of 05-Oct-21. It traded at 193x/148x/118x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 36/47/59 for FY22E/ FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 6,520/- implies a PE multiple of 111x on FY24E EPS of ₹ 59/-.

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Bank to see a greater expansion in rural areas – HDFC bank

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, NIFTY ended lower at 17,362 (-0.1%) as it closed 40 points below the opening level of 17,402. Among the sectoral indices, CONSUMER DURABLES (+1.0%), FMCG (+0.3%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES (+0.2%) ended higher, whereas REALTY (-2.3%), IT (-1.3%), and PSU BANK (-1.3%) ended lower. Among the stocks, BHARTIARTL (+2.6%), HDFC (+2.5%), and GRASIM (+1.6%) led the gainers while SUNPHARMA (-2.2%), BPCL (-1.8%), and HINDALCO (-1.8%) led the losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Rahul Shukla, Group Head, Commercial & Rural Banking, of HDFC Bank (HDFCBANK) with Economic Times on 6th September 2021:

  • The reality is very different from what is spoken about in TV newsrooms. The commercial vehicle and construction equipment business is strong, credit utilisation by MSMEs is steadily increasing every month, the healthcare sector is fairly credit-strong.
  • The bank continues to expand its geographic footprint, extending credit in rural and semi-urban areas of the country, and sees no credit challenges in finding new business.
  • The bank is active in transportation finance, where it finances trucks, construction equipment, and tractors. The disbursements in July were 40% higher than in June, and in August, were 20-25% higher than in July.
  • The bank operates in 100,000 villages and in two years, it may expand to 200,000 villages. Even if it’s a huge jump, it is still only 30% of the market. The bank has a robust digital platform which has helped it to add new customers.
  • Rural lending today is about 90% crop-based lending. Crop-based lending is largely related to the price of dal and sugarcane. As the ecosystem is completely changing, there is a lot of push in vegetables, fruits, poultry, piggery, etc. which accounts for 60-65% of the crop-based lending.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • Banks were willing to lend to the rural population during the 1st covid wave period as they were not as much affected as urban areas. The rural population was largely affected during the 2nd covid wave, and it is still recovering from the impact. Therefore, the dynamics related to lending may be different going forward.
  • HDFC Bank has seen a reduction in interest expenses and other operating expenses over the last 5 years. This trend is likely to continue in the upcoming years as the bank continues to manage its deposits and borrowings well. With reducing provisions led by an increase in NPA recoveries, the bank’s increasing geographic footprint, and well-balanced CASA deposits, we expect the bank’s prospects to improve further.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website and investing.com website)

  • The closing price of HDFCBANK was ₹ 1,570/- as of 07-Sept-2021. It traded at 3.7x/3.2x/2.7x the consensus book value estimate of ₹ 423/488/574 for FY22E/FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 1,760/- implies a PB multiple of 3.1x on FY24E BVPS of ₹ 574/-.

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Recovery seen in June, growth momentum ahead – SBI Cards

Update on Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, markets ended lower with Nifty closing at 15,746 (-0.5%). HINDALCO (+4.3%), SBILIFE (+3.2%), and TATASTEEL (+2.7%) were the top gainers on the index while DRREDDY (-10.3%), CIPLA (-3.5%) and AXISBANK (-3.3%) were the top losers for the day. Among the sectoral indices, METAL (+1.5%) and PSU BANK (+0.4%) were the gainers, while PHARMA (-4.3%), PRIVATE BANK (-0.9%) and REALTY (-0.7%) were the top losers.

 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Rama Mohan Rao Amara, MD & CEO, SBI Cards on CNBCTV18 dated 26th July 2021:

 

  • The Company suffered stress from the 3rd week of April till mid-June. Reduction of lockdown restrictions provided the push for the company to ramp up sales and sourcing, and July shows further signs of progress.
  • The company’s New Account Acquisition in the first quarter was lower due to the lockdown effect, however, the company has achieved its run rate of 3,00,000 card issuance per month.
  • Consumer sentiment and discretionary spending are coming back to pre-pandemic levels. The company is optimistic about further growth in sourcing, which is mostly done through bankers, which was affected due to lockdown.
  • Average monthly spending per card was at Rs 11,000 but it’s slowly inching up to indicate increased levels of discretionary spending and rebounding of economic activity in July. The company expects it to grow to Rs 13,000-13,500 levels barring any major disruptions.
  • Recovery is seen in both distribution channels- Bankers and Open Market distributions. With the opening up of the economy further, the company expects to grow from its minimum run rate of 3,00,000 card issues per month by leveraging multi-channel partnerships that the company has developed.
  • 52-53% of FY21 sourcing was done through banker channels which leverages its presence in tier 3, tier 4 towns, and rural areas, indicative of an increased digital penetration in rural areas.
  • Expansion of E-commerce and other online platforms into rural areas has seen a shift to digital transactions across rural areas, which has helped the company tap into its existing banking customer base, which also helps the company keep a track of its delinquencies.
  • The impact of the entire Mastercard ban accounts for less than 2% of monthly sourcing for the company, so the company has little risk. Even so, the company is proactively negotiating with its partners to mitigate the effects.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • Credit Cards Industry in India, is in its nascent stages of penetration, and there’s tremendous growth potential with digital penetration in Indian Rural Markets a thrust area for everyone.
  • SBI Cards can leverage the SBI Brand and its penetration across India to unlock growth potential that can rarely be done so easily by any other of its competitors.

 

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website): 

  • The closing price of SBI Cards was ₹ 1,017/- as of 27-July-2021.  It traded at 54x/38x the EPS estimate of ₹19/₹ 27 for FY22E/23E.
  • The consensus price target of ₹ 1,184/- implies a 44x PE multiple for FY23E EPS of ₹ 27/-.

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Higher Provisions due to increasing Covid-19 Cases to be made – SBI Life

Update on Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, markets ended lower with Nifty closing 42 points to end at 15,680. DRREDDY (+2.8%), HINDALCO (+2.1%), and BJAT (+1.7%) were the top gainers on the index while BAJAJFINSV (-2.2%), BRITANNIA (-1.4%) and INFY(-1.2%) were the top losers for the day. 

Among the sectoral indices,  PHARMA (+0.9%),  AUTO (+0.8%), and FMCG (+0.4%) were the top gainers, while IT (-0.6%), FINANCIAL SERVICES (-0.4%), and PRIVATE BANK (-0.3%) were the top losers.

 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Mahesh Kumar Sharma, MD and CEO of SBI Life on CNBCTV18 dated 30th June 2021:

  • SBI Life Insurance saw a slowdown in their group business in May. The company only registered a growth of 1.35 percent in new business premium, owing to the lockdown.
  • On a YoY basis, the company saw higher claims in H2FY21 over H1FY21. To address the issue of higher claims, the company has taken steps to tackle the negative impact.
  • SBI Life has set aside a higher amount for provisions for any potential spike in Covid-19 claims Rs 1,830 mn vs Rs 400 mn in FY21 and has changed the mortality assumptions for better risk management.
  • If vaccinations continue at this rate, the company expects the full recovery to pre-covid levels by the end of this year. However, the company is confident of a spike in claims during the upcoming quarter.
  • Despite the lockdowns in May, the company expects positive performance due to lifting restrictions and a digital outreach system developed by the company to contact its customers.
  • Individual Non-single premiums are the biggest contributors to the company’s new business premiums due to raising awareness about health insurance and other products due to the pandemic. The company expects to maintain its growth trajectory in the new business premium in the mid-teens over the next few years. 
  • The company hasn’t changed its underwriting policy. The company is confident of the vaccination drive boosting the number of vaccinated insurable population and has no plans to reduce the scope of insurance to the only vaccinated population. 

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • The insurance sector has been one of the worst-hit sectors due to Covid-19. With the effects of the pandemic tapering and an informed target customer base, there are better days ahead.
  • India’s insurance penetration is very low compared to developed countries. This industry has reached an inflection point from where SBI Life and its peers can achieve steady growth.

 

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website): 

  • The closing price of SBI Life was ₹1,007/- as of 1-July-2021.  It traded at 53x/ 46x the EPS estimate of ₹ 19/ ₹ 22  for FY22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 1190/- which trades at 54x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 22/-
  • In the case of insurance companies, the embedded value per share is the correct multiple for valuing the company. The consensus estimate of this metric is not available on any of the websites.

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Good Momentum seen in Asset and Wealth Management segments- IIFL Wealth

Update on Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, markets were in the red, with Nifty declining 124 points to close at 14,906. CIPLA (2.4%), M&M (2.3%), and BPCL (2.1%) were the top gainers on the index while TATA STEEL (-5.1%), HINDALCO (-4.2%), and COALINDIA (-3.4%) were the top losers for the day. Among the sectoral indices, REALTY (1.0%), and PSU BANK (+0.4%) were the only gainers, while METAL (-3.2%), BANK (-1.0%), and PRIVATE BANK (-1.0%) lead the losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Karan Bhagat, CEO of IIFL Wealth aired on CNBC TV-18 on 19th  May 2021 :

  • The revenue recognition on a trailing basis instead of upfront basis has seen a strong cyclical recovery over the past 8 quarters. The Wealth Management business is poised to grow from here on.  
  • The Asset Management business has seen a stellar recovery over the past year with an increase in both listed and unlisted equity segments. 
  • NBFC business is seeing a difficult recovery due to the pandemic. The Loan against Shares segment is fairly collateralized and thus the company hasn’t seen any rise in impairment costs. The stable Net Interest margins and lower operating costs are good tailwinds going ahead.  
  • AUM growth is expected in the low teens with organic growth and around 20% on a Mark to Market basis.
  • The company has improved its revenue mix to Annual recurring revenue contributing to around 70-80% as opposed to the brokerage-centric business model over the last 2 years. The management expects this to stabilize at these levels going forward.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • India is in the midst of a transformation in its savings and investing habits, going forward Asset and Wealth Management are going to see manifold growth as market penetration increases.
  • The company is well poised to reap the rewards of compartmentalization and operating efficiencies going ahead in both the Asset and the Wealth Management business.

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website): 

  • The closing price of IIFL Wealth was ₹1,100/- as of 20-May-2021.  It traded at 23x/ 19x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 48/ ₹ 59 for FY22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 1360/- which trades at 23x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 59/-. 

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

Low penetration translates to enormous growth opportunities – HDFC LIFE

Update on the Indian Equity market:
On Tuesday, the Nifty50 index closed at a record high of 13,055 (+1.0%) as hopes for faster economic recovery were renewed due to Covid-19 vaccine progress. BANK (+2.5%), PRIVATE BANK (+2.3%), and REALTY (+1.8%) led the sectoral gainers and there were no sectoral losers. Among the stocks, ADANIPORTS (+4.5%), AXISBANK (+3.9%), and HDFCBANK (+3.5%) led the gainers. TITAN (-1.5%), HDFC (-1.4%), and BPCL (-1.2%) led the laggards.

Excerpts of an interview of Ms. Vibha Padalkar, MD & CEO, HDFC Life aired on CNBC TV18 on 20th November 2020:

• The green shoots are being seen and each month has been better than the previous month. On YTD basis, the industry has declined 8% YoY while HDFC Life has grown 8%. The month of October 2020 has been one of the best with 50% growth in new business premium.
• The growth is not linked to the festive season because insurance is a long-term protection and savings outlay. The growth is due to inherent need felt by the customers. Due to the high conviction about the need of insurance, the growth has been across distribution touch points-bancassurance, and the new age ecosystem channels.
• HDFC recently sold some stake in HDFC Life due to regulatory requirements. RBI had asked HDFC to get the shareholding in both of its insurance subsidiaries to 50% levels which led to stake sale to comply before December 2020. Despite the stake sale, HDFC will continue to remain the promoter in the foreseeable future.
• Penetration levels remaining so low, the growth opportunities for HDFC Life are enormous.
• Sanchay policies- the company keeps repricing it and over the past 18-24 months since the product was launched, pricing for new policies has moved in tune with the interest rates.
• The company’s focus has been on prompt protection-mortality, morbidity, longevity and interest rate risk.
• Unit linked products are continuing to see an uptick as there is a recovery in the equity market.
• Covid-19 products are awaiting approval and it is in combination with having an indemnity on covid and is expected to do well. There is an uptick on the Covid-19 claims, which is within the company’s actuarial assumptions.
• The protection products witnessed 38% growth and is one of their best performing products, followed by Sanchay product. Sanchay par advantage has catapulted to 30-35 % of their business and is under the participating umbrella of products.
• They expect a high single digit growth for Annual Premium Equivalent (APE) for FY21E. On Value of New Business (VNB), this year is going to be flat, and margins are expected to be at the same level as FY20.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
• The closing price of HDFC Life was ₹ 666/- as of 24-November-2020. It traded at 97x/ 83x/ 66x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 6.9/ 8.0/ 10.1 per share for FY21E/FY22E/FY23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 642 implies a PE multiple of 64x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 10.1/-.
• In the case of life insurance companies, the embedded value per share is the correct multiple for valuing the company. The consensus estimate of this metric is not available on any of the websites.

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

COVID-19 has led to a delay in recovery – Yes Bank

On Tuesday, Nifty ended 0.3%, lower than the previous close at 11,317. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were BPCL (+2.8%), HCL Tech (+2.0%), and Infy (+1.4%) while the losing stocks were Infratel (-8.1%), ZEEL (-4.7%), and Tata Motors (-4.5%). The only sector in green was IT (+1.2%). The top losing sectors for the day were Media (-3.0%), Realty (-1.7%), Pharma (-1.6%) & PSU Bank (-1.6%).

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/-.

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”

SBI Cards IPO to hit the market this quarter: SBI Chairman

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, NIFTY ended positive at 11,979 (+2.3%). The top gainers in NIFTY were TITAN (+7.3%), Infratel (+5.7%) and IOC (+5.6%). ZEE (-5.3%), Bajaj Auto (-3.8%) and Yes Bank (-2.8%) were the top NIFTY losers. All the sectors were in the green. The top sectoral gainers were Metal (+3.3%), Financial Service (+2.9%) and Realty (+2.8%).

Excerpts from an interview with Mr Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India (SBI) that was published in Economic Times on 03rd February 2020:

  • SBI believed that no one needed an insurance cover as far as deposits in SBI are concerned. But as far as the system is concerned, after the problems with the cooperative bank which happened in Mumbai, there was a demand that the limit for insurance cover which was set some 27 years ago needs to be revised. This move was much needed and will create more confidence in the minds of the people about banks.
  • AGR Telecom problems: According to him, the matter is sub judice and will be waiting for the Supreme Court decision. The hearing is on 4th February. He thinks and believes that the matter will ultimately be sorted out to the satisfaction of both the parties – the government and the telecom operators. He had a general discussion with a lot of people in the telecom sector where they hinted that they will have at least three to four large telecom operators and the country cannot be served with a lesser number of telecom operators. This has given Mr Kumar  confidence and hope that this matter will get sorted out.
  • Barring one HFC account, things are looking up at least on the corporate recovery front.  This HFC account was in trouble, and SBI was readying for it since September and had started providing for it. Mr Kumar had said in the past that from the recovery and resolution perspective, December and March quarters are likely to be very good for the banking system. SBI is expecting some good resolution and implementation of resolution plans in respect of a couple of large accounts.
  • The loan growth for SBI was around 7% in this quarter coming from their international banking book. There is more demand for foreign currency borrowings from Indian corporates. The retail story is intact and SBI is growing very well. The only thing is the corporate sector demand revival. The loan pipeline is fairly good. As these loans get disbursed, FY21E growth numbers may turn out to be better than FY20. The utilization of limits definitely improved in the last two months and SBI may end up somewhere around 9% YoY growth.
  • The loan processing fee has improved significantly on a QoQ basis for SBI. It indicates that during the December quarter, SBI has processed more proposals. The loan pipeline is of more than Rs 1 lakh crore and all of these loans will get disbursed eventually over the next six months and that is a good indicator from a recovery point of view.
  • SBI Card valuation: According to him, the penetration of credit cards in India is very low and as the economy develops, there will be demand for credit and credit cards. At the same time, SBI card business is growing decently. SBI IPO is expected to happen in this quarter.
  • He said that the move by the government to divest stake in IDBI Bank and list LIC are two measures that stand out in this year’s budget.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

The closing price of SBI was ₹ 306/- as on 4-February 2020. It traded at 1.2x/ 1.1x/ 1.0x the consensus book value of ₹ 249/ 280/ 317 for FY20E/ FY21E/ FY22E respectively.

Growth is bound to come – Shyam Srinivasan, Federal Bank

Excerpts from an interview of Mr Shyam Srinivasan, MD & CEO, Federal Bank with CNBC TV-18 dated 21-01-2020:

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Wednesday, NIFTY closed -0.5% lower. Among sectoral indices NIFTY Metal (-1.5%), NIFTY PVT Bank (-1.0%), NIFTY Auto (-0.9%) closed lower. While Nifty Media (1.7%), NIFTY IT (+1.0%), NIFTY FMCG (+0.02%) closed on a positive note. The biggest gainers were Zeel (+4.9%), Grasim (+2.6%), Nestle (+1.8%) whereas ONGC (-5.3%), Cola India (-5.2%) and NTPC (-3.9%) ended with losses.

  • It was a weak third-quarter for Federal Bank as loan growth and net interest margins came in at an all-time low.
  • Mr Srinivasan says, there are no significant issues except for the two housing accounts which are under stress. Other granular businesses are showing marked progress and it will continue.
  • He says they don’t have a single case above 100 cr which is dodgy and therefore the outlook is positive.
  • Speaking about their non-corporate book, he says, their portfolio is significantly secured. Banks that celebrated unsecured success over many quarters had the gains and now have to face some pain.
  • As the portfolio is secured, between now and next 3-4 quarters, the bank does not expect any large formation of stress on the secured side unless property prices get crash.
  • On loan growth, he says, retail is looking north of 24-25 per cent. The large tickets are okay, so the blended margins as the bank exit FY20 will be between 14%- 15%.
  • The gold loan book is expected to grow at 25%. The bank is also gaining share in the auto loan segment, particularly in Mumbai, Kerala and south.
  • Agriculture is seeing pain across banks due to waivers announced by various states.
  • He says growth is bound to come. It cannot keep the system in paise mode. So, the focus will be on getting credit cost down.

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener and investing.com website)

  • The closing price of Federal Bank was ₹ 93.70/- as of 22-January-20. It traded at 1.2x / 1.1x / 1.0x the consensus Book Value for FY20E / 21E / 22E of ₹ 73.0/81.5/90.6 respectively.
  • Consensus target price of ₹ 112/- implies a Price to Book multiple of 1.2x on FY22E Book Value of ₹ 90.6.