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Expect double-digit growth in 3QFY21E– LIC Housing Finance

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Wednesday, Nifty closed with 0.7% gains at 11,739. Within NIFTY50, TITAN (+4.5%), BAJAJ-AUTO (+3.6%), and HEROMOTOCO (+2.9%) were the top gainers, while BAJFINANCE (-4.1%), BPCL (-2.8%), and HINDALCO (-2.7%) were the top losing stocks. Among the sectoral indices, AUTO (+1.4%), IT (+0.6%), and PVT BANK (+0.6%) were the top gainers while MEDIA (-2.5%), REALTY (-1.9%), and METAL (-1.5%) were the top losing sectors.

Expect double-digit growth in 3QFY21E– LIC Housing Finance

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Siddhartha Mohanty, MD & CEO, LIC Housing Finance (LICHSGFIN), that aired on CNBCTV18 on 6th October 2020:
● Post the highly impacted months of April and May, LICHSGFIN experienced good growth in disbursements June onward. This growth has been particularly in the affordable segments. However, off late, Mr. Mohanty has also observed some uptick in demand in above mid-segment, as well as premium segment disbursements picked up since June.
● LICHSGFIN has almost reached pre-COVID levels in terms of disbursements owing to good traction in the month of September.
● Despite the inauspicious periods of ‘shraadh’ and ‘adhik maas’ in September, the 2QFY21 has been very good.
● Management expects the positive trend to continue and expect double-digit growth in 3QFY21E. Several factors are into play to motivate home buyers to purchase now. Government has given several incentives including the extension of PMAY CLSS scheme till March 2021, and reduction in stamp duty to 2% up to December 2020 by Maharashtra government. Apart from that, some developers are also giving concessions to attract customers.
● LICHSGFIN has also introduced innovative products to attract customers such as 6 EMI waivers for borrowers who are undertaking immediate purchase/ moving of the house.
● For LICHSGFIN, developer loan book is less than 7% of the total book. Considering sales velocity, within the developer segment, LICHSGFIN focuses more on affordable housing. Even now, LICHSGFIN has been lending to developers but on a very limited basis.
● LICHSGFIN has also seen better than expected collections. A substantial portion of borrowers who were under moratorium have also started paying in September.
● Despite increased competition in home loans, LICHSGFIN has managed to sustain its market share and maintain stable margins.
Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener and investing.com websites)
● The closing price of LICHSGFIN was ₹ 283/- as of 07-October-2020. It traded at 0.7x/ 0.7x/ 0.6x the consensus Book Value per Share estimate of ₹ 386/428/472 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
● The consensus target price of ₹ 331/- implies a PB multiple of 0.7x on FY23E BVPS of ₹ 472/-.

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Growth not constrained by availability of either capital, geography or liquidity – Federal Bank

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Tuesday, Nifty50 ended 0.7% higher at 11,470 after the Supreme Court ordered telecom companies to pay their pending Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) over 10 years. Among the Nifty50 stocks, BHARTIARTL (+7.1%), JSWSTEEL (+6.5%), and HINDALCO (+5.3%) led the gainers. INFRATEL (-4.6%), ONGC (-2.9%), and AXISBANK (-2.0%) led the losers. METAL (+3.2%), PHARMA (+2.3%), and MEDIA (+1.4%) led the sectoral gainers. IT (-0.6%), PSU BANK (-0.2%), and PRIVATE BANK (-0.1%) were the only sectoral losers.

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Shyam Srinivasan, MD & CEO, The Federal Bank with ET Now on 31st August 2020:
• Since the moratorium ended on August 31, 2020, no material changes are expected in September and the real picture would become clearer as they go into 3QFY21.
• The net moratorium at the end of 1QFY21 was 24%. Despite banks calculating moratorium in different ways, the Federal bank has been very strict with defining moratorium. If three or more payments were received, those borrowings were out of moratorium. All indications so far suggest the impact of the moratorium end would be as per planned and provided for by the bank.
• The gold loan performance is quite well. 1Q saw 9.5% growth in this segment and that growth is going to be very strong in the year. Gold being anti-cyclical and people resort to gold borrowing when there are any challenges in the economy.
• Businesses like auto loans in select geographies Karnataka, Kerala seem to have picked up in terms of monthly volumes while parts of Maharashtra are not doing as well.
• Typically, the NIMs (Net Interest Margin) are influenced by the margin of businesses, and reversals and low-cost funds. Strong growth in low-cost funds coupled with no material slippages helped, good growth in gold loan helped achieve good NIMs.
• The slippages in September are predictable. The NIMs for 2Q would be around the same levels as 1Q. 3Q and 4Q would depend on the slippages. The guidance for the full year remains at ~3.1%.
• They have an enabling provision for Rs 10bn of equity raise. Right now, they are not looking at raising any money and capital adequacy is looking reasonably good.
• It would be wise to see how 3Q pans out before plunging into any M&A and portfolio expansion opportunities. The growth is not constrained by the availability of either capital, geography, or liquidity, all of which are in abundance with the bank.
• Mr. Srinivasan’s term as the bank’s CEO & MD ends in September 21. With a well-thought-out succession planning in place, there is not a lack of continuity or lack of candidate and by April 21, there will be clarity on his successor.
• There is a high CASA flow from Dubai and the Middle East where oil prices have moved and job losses have happened. Whenever there is any kind of dislocation in these geographies, the bank has been a net beneficiary due to physical presence, large diaspora base, and the client base are not great shoppers and must send money home. It is not a singularly large destructive area. In the last 10 years, they have been able to diversify their business across geographies and product streams.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener and investing.com websites)
• The closing price of The Federal Bank was ₹55/- as of 01-September-2020. It traded at 0.7x/ 0.7x/ 0.6x the consensus book value estimate of ₹ 77.4/83.8/90.4 for FY21E/ FY22E/FY23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 66/- implies a PB multiple of 0.7x on FY23E BV of ₹ 90.4/-.

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It will be a long road to recovery from Covid-19 – Axis Bank

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Friday, Nifty ended 0.8%, higher than the previous close at 11,655. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Indusind Bank (+12.1%), Axis Bank (+7.9%), and UPL (+4.7%) while the losing stocks were JSW Steel (-3.0%), Hero MotoCorp (-2.6%) and Dr Reddy (-1.6%). The sectoral gainers for the day were PSU Bank (+5.2%), PVT Bank (+4.7%), and Bank (+4.2%) while the losers were Auto (-0.8%), Metal (-0.4%), and FMCG (-0.2%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Amitabh Chaudhry, MD, Axis Bank; dated 26th August 2020 from Economic Times:

The macro situation has improved quite a bit, but the economy is nowhere out of the woods.
The economy today is operating at 70-75% levels. The recovery remains uneven with a faster rise in supply than demand. The RBI annual report published also suggests that they remain extremely worried about consumer demand and that it would take some time to recover.

India is in a long haul before the economy recovers to pre-COVID levels partly driven by the fact that consumption patterns have been debilitated in many ways. People are conserving cash, and localised lockdowns continue. All this hurts demand and the notion that things are coming back to normal.
Increasingly corporates are saying that things should get better by the third quarter. But, he thinks that the improvement is spotty where recovery is visible in some sectors while some other sectors continue to get hurt quite badly.

Once the customer is assured that they are the fag end of the crisis, things will change dramatically and the economy should revive much faster.

The RBI Governor has been warning banks to be careful with their money, and to raise capital.
The banks have learnt their lesson after the last crisis, they are not going to be out there lending in a hurry. This applies to public sector banks as well.

Government has indicated that once the unlock process continues, they will come back with more support for the economy. The government has to play a very important role.

To revive and support the economy, the Government has categorised into 3 buckets. For the people who need it they are doing the cash hand-outs, the second is supporting MSMEs for incremental lending, and the third category is about long-term reforms. These long-term reforms include working with the RBI to towards refinance schemes, moratorium, and restructuring to support the other sectors of the economy.

Axis Bank will continue to adopt a conservative approach; they will do an intense credit screening before allowing any restructuring and will be much more prudent in provisioning for such loans.

There is a disproportionate restructuring share coming from sectors which are severely impacted due to COVID like airlines, tourism, and real estate. But, there is no sector that would be able to escape this severe economic shock and the vulnerable ones in every sector will need help.
For restructuring in Axis Bank portfolio, one will find loans from practically every sector because there will be some corporates who were in vulnerable state and COVID pushed them into a state where they may need restructuring help.

Lose of job & salary cut will have a bigger impact on the retail portfolio, followed by MSMEs and then wholesale.
Axis Bank is planning several schemes for the festive season and working with various manufacturers to see what they can offer to customers so that they start consuming again.
Max Life deal will add a lot of value on both sides.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener & investing.com websites)
The closing price of Axis Bank Ltd was ₹ 510/- as of 28-August-2020. It traded at 1.6x/1.4x/1.3x the consensus Book Value estimates of ₹ 325/359/408 for FY21E/FY22E/23E respectively.

The consensus target price of ₹ 541/- implies a PB multiple of 1.3x on FY23E Book Value of ₹ 408/-.

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.”

RBI should allow one-time restructuring rather than extending moratorium – Bajaj Finserv

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, Nifty ended 0.9%, lower than the previous close at 11,254. The top gainers for Nifty 50 were Dr Reddy (+4.6%), Sun Pharma (+3.7%), and Wipro (+2.5%) while the losing stocks were BPCL (-7.9%), IndusInd Bank (-5.4%), and IOC (-4.0%). The sectoral gainers for the day were Pharma (+3.1%) and IT (+0.7%) while the losers were Media (-2.3%), Pvt Bank (-2.0%) and PSU Bank (-1.9%).

Edited excerpts of an interview with Mr Sanjiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Finserv; dated 29th July 2020 from CNBC TV18:

  • Mr Bajaj extended support to HDFC chief Mr Deepak Parekh’s view that the Reserve Bank of India should not extend the loan moratorium.
  • Bajaj Finserv has a total of 6 months available for moratorium by September, and as the economy has started picking up from last month at varying speeds because of local lockdowns creating issues. But it is picking up other than a few key sectors like hospitality, travel, entertainment which are facing very high challenges. But most others have started at least doing okay. So, at a time like this, Mr. Bajaj believes that it doesn’t make sense to extend a blanket moratorium.
  • Moratorium numbers have come down significantly in the month of June as compared to April and May-20 for many banks & NBFCs.
  • RBI should allow one-time restructuring rather than extending the moratorium. According to him, let lenders decide on the basis of each one’s own underlying cash flows, because eventually, it should be kept in mind that there is a cost to doing all this and somebody has bear that cost. A 6-month moratorium is long enough, beyond that will start creating a moral hazard that even reasonable quality borrowers will lose the habit of paying.
  • Bajaj Finserv sees Rs 6,300 crores of credit cost for FY21E.
  • The Company was fortunate enough to raise capital for Bajaj Finance last year. They are adequately capitalised with the Rs 8,500 crore raised last year. As the two insurance companies do not need it, Bajaj Finserv has a significant capital on the books from profits of earlier years.
  • The tier-I ratio is 23-24% which he thinks is a comfortable one.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of Bajaj Finserv Ltd was ₹ 6,175/- as of 30-July-2020. It traded at 2.8x/2.5x/2.1x the consensus book value estimate of ₹ 2,188/2,478/2,873 for FY21E/FY22E/FY23E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 7,248/- implies a PB multiple of 2.5x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 2,873/-.

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.”

Demand for home loans will rebound – HDFC

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Tuesday, Nifty ended marginally lower at 9,029. Among the sectors, Metal (+2.7%), Auto (+1.5%), and Realty (+1.2%) were the top gainers. IT (-1.9%), Pharma (-1.2%), and Media (-0.2%) were the only losers. JSW Steel (+5.9%), Eicher Motors (+5.7%), and Titan (+5.0%) led the gainers while Bharti Airtel (-5.9%), Bajaj Finserv (-5.1%), and TCS (-3.5%) ended in the red.

Excerpts from an interview with Mr. Keki Mistry, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, HDFC with BloombergQuint on 25th May 2020:

  • HDFC is offering a moratorium to all the customers. 79 percent of the borrowers have said they do not need it. A higher number of non-individual borrowers have opted for the moratorium compared to the individuals.
  • Since some developers are facing liquidity issues due to the lockdown, HDFC has to give them moratorium. The large developers are able to service their loans, with or without sales. Small and mid-sized developers have asked for the moratorium.
  • HDFC has not slowed down lending and is looking for fresh lending opportunities. In Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh, the offices are not open leading to slower disbursements. The offices which are currently open are working at 33 percent capacity and there will be a slowdown in disbursements during 1Q FY21. HDFC expects that 2Q FY21will be better than 1Q FY21 and consequently, 4Q FY21 will be back to 85 to 95 percent of normal levels.
  • Owning a home continues to be an important aspect of the lives of Indians. The lockdowns imposed in the aftermath of the virus outbreak has forced people to work from home, relying on internet connections and video conferencing apps. This trend could push people to buy larger homes or ones with a separate study room. Joint families could split into smaller units going forward meaning more people will be buying their own houses.
  • In the short term non-performing loans could rise but in the medium-to-long term, NPLs are expected to reduce. They have continued to tweak the credit underwriting model given the current situation.
  • In the affordable housing segment, the average loan size is Rs 17.7 lakh and most of the customers are salaried customers and not self-employed. The risk from job-losses or income cuts and its impact on NPLs is probably higher than in the pre-crisis period. There are co-borrowers to a mortgage, so if one person loses a job or faces a salary cut, they generally still do not default.
  • HDFC will be looking for opportunities to raise money. The liquidity level has been increased from around Rs 6,000 crores last year to around Rs 30,000 crores this year. HDFC has been recently sanctioned Rs 750 crores loan by the National Housing Bank recently.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of HDFC was ₹ 1,506/- as of 26-May-2020. It traded at 2.8x/ 2.6x the consensus book value estimate of ₹ 531/ 574 for FY21E/ FY22E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 2,406/- implies a PB multiple of 4.2x on FY22E BV of ₹ 574/-.

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.”