India Morning Report: Out; KPIT, Biocon, M&M Finl, L&T? In; Sun Pharma, HDFC

Of course the trade that earns is a good Bharti as ITC catches a breath at 322-326 levels and HUL tries to crowd the space after good results across the seas at its headquarters. However, positional trades on ITC are advised, we still like IDFC and Yes, ICICI Bank’s journey is a bit in the clear after HDFC’s straightforward increase in spreads to 220 points on the yield curve turning south across all points. A lot of “Sell on Results” shucked out in the pre open indicators (Call Auctions and if they are trustworthy? right now we are pretty stabilised on the morning indicators on bid and offer prices you”ll get in the market hours)

We would advise, that viewers and ET Now still learn to ignore Volume breakouts between 9:15 and 9:30 as the price uptick in that first flush is usually recovered with a correction easily assigned in markets in the midst of a positive rally. Thus we do not believe in the Larsen technicals either and they should rest this one esp with the bad prognosis. L&T’s dismal domestic scores preference in the Indian markets is a lagging Indicator for the Indian Economy and its being a Capex churn probably a function of the pipeline at best and payment collection habits not a pointer of the Economy returned to Normal that the markets are forcing on it.

Biocon is  agreat pick after the “Sell on Results ” shock,. At least it is apparent that new investors did not join the Biocon rush after results which are due today. Those Mid Cap IT stocks still in the ring, better have a story to tell with the PCR still not crossing into overbought signals but the market still tired at old highs and the 8% after fatigue for the Indian charts M&M results are 0% higher on NII in rural catchments. HDFC profit was up 12%.

Barclays, CLSA and GS are already tepid on L&T but these levels are definitely not the stock’s ultintisurfeitmate bottom. No sign of bulls there or the turnaroo. Similarily for Kotak, who cannot perform as a company but shorting it remains uncharted territory. Is it right, BEES ETFs are back in play? check the volume ludes. and check the bottomline as always. Chill pill for qualuudes?..an extra u to coin my own word

Indian Pharma remains the great big bet for this rally as its market characteristics have truly changed and the Indian players have ramped up on the business of generics at least with cheap strategies for the $200 mln molecules and more in case of First movers post patent removal.

SBI is still uncomfortable at 1650 and looks ripe for Sell on rallies at these levels again.  I’d pick up Bajaj Auto again in pair trades as the trading range bottoms out again, not so unlikely at 1900 levels itself. I for one am ready to add Glenmark and ICICI Bank to big trades right away but waiting for a confirmaiton and the 6320 cap likely remains

The AAP charts can probably prove pre-cognitive abilities as donations that peaked in the new year damped out a week before the (Somnath) Bharti chapters made a big event splash India bulls Home loans are back with INR 6.95 B and PAT at INR 3.95 B, Loan books of INR 390 B are hopefully in process of reaching a better denominator in a large unbanked market like India. Axis Bank could pick up where it left off but investors do not expect any NPA debacles in that neck of the woods, sufficiently loudly demarcated as out of PSU

In Policy matters, the CPI linked benchmark idea, we will assume , was another committee suggestion ( someone converted us, right?). Affordable accommodation units and Prop rights(garden variety TDRs) in Mumbai RE did take off but have not grown as a class.

In unlisted business, opening as a secular class in the Morning Report, AS in including both Global Corps and Unlisted PE business or the unincorporated merchants and Franchisee business we prefer Mike Fries in the Global Charts (Charter Comm – Liberty Global)than the local entry of frozen processed fries(McCain), and that is a definite final No from India for McCain as it follows in Gujarat after McDonalds’ merchant production for its restaurants . The price points will be out of reach and the consumption uneconomical for Vikas Mittal’s new effort. Walmart’s independent beginning on the other hand is another new victor of he Indian sweepstakes and should ramp up faster in the next 3-4 years. Amazon FCs are in Bangalore

Tata Global rush trade classifieds are back again but no corrections this month, unless someone starts up a maruti while its running!

Oh ya,  I have finally come around. India’s problem is/was feting Jim o Neil. It’s a wonder he came back despite betting bigger on China and biting a big fat Turkey. (I have to watch how much to put in the Morning ReporT)

zee entertainment below 2odma is a false and stock is a great investment. do not pair trade in US cash equities if and when you head there to advise or trade. stay invested in cash and speculate in f&o. rice exports at 2.3 MT in rice couldn’t possibly have peaked already did they? are the quota clamps back in place or no surplus production? krbl trades may follow real-time exports/orders in the next 2 quarters

Did you see Biocon’s brush with the NHAI in the Bangalore Mirror today? Taking medians out on NHAI highways is definitely a surefire way to asininely jugaad India’s hind out of global competition. Biocon sales (updating at 10 AM post Keki Mistry of HDFC) are a 7 B for the quarter and R&D spends seem still subdued because of other limitations at INR 1.02 B but none of that should count against the investment. Principal Global may end up showing us how corp governance and voice on the board are still a flexible parameter for India portfolios as we move towards harnessing and integrating the NDF currency markets into the mainstream And hey that Thomas Bata protege is still walking, so there’s no (h)urry!

O Gao, Jan Jan (ko Chhua) Janjivan(badla)

Ashwini contributing to his own sells by recommending 6300 put sells, that’s backslapping yourself twice over as Puts have anyway likely over priced themselves out of investors by today’s close and that does not make investing on te bull side defensible today. so the shorts are likely having a needless hope surplus till Friday in the pouring rain.

PSU Bank Dividends are more than justified, if the Banking Secy needs any props and tempting fate by linking to February Capital re-infusions and Banks’ demand for reduction of free ATM transactions per month should be denied aand the number of free transactions should be increased.

India Morning Report: HDFC Bank gives way, KG D6 ‘honestly’ increasing output

Of course the news of the week, last week preceding today’s AGM was the burly new gas find in MJ1. Actually predominantly for Oil, the MJ1 also falls in a gas rich area but details apparently have not filtered from the ongoing AGM and will probably be easier available to ‘non-digitised’ social networks  which remain the most important achievement for Reliance and partake of their retail investor community of yore. Reliance will be forcing a turnaround in KG D6 output levels too after a long wait.

With india’s digitized data communities and even the lack of analysis communities a virtual impossibility, online social networks in India remain dominated by shopping cart brands and facebook and twitter remain ineffective for real business conversations despite teh affectatons as a large global user of social media.

Importantly to those of us who missed Idea to stay on the run to bank nifty, it is the right time to invest in banks es as network analysts and “chhutbhaiyas” in the markets continue to try to scale up the tiredness of the bull move earlier as always falsely seen to be led by HDFC Bank and HDFC for a few.

The FDI panel has made its recommendations and as with all things UPA, hose that have swtched to the bear side are still on the other edge because of such policy pronouncements that are so comprehensive one has to wonder if this government will ever go beyond cabinet Oks and then continue to miss the parliament or ordinance, an uncomfortable fact they seemed to have used home with earlier such comprehensive proposals  already proved to be not worthy, excet for the putting of thought on paper and certainly not an implementation blueprint giving the holey book of India to the dubbas of the opposition  NaMo and namesake Amit and one hears Adani as ‘implementation power’ of rural India.

Update: As Oil tracks evening session vales on the MCX in toay’s morning session it seems to have reach an optimal level for a big optimal short and if one is willing the 5400 contract can be kept rolling to a target of 4500 but in more than three months from here.

However such new eigenvalues and initial states apart, one still does not see any need to push forward recovery or for FIIs to exit India again as the bare minimum in play now is big ticket enough to get international media coverage of the coming big ticket recovery and of course the elections as well. Stay long on private banks like YES and select PSUs like PNB, don’t short the Banknifty and dont expect any pre election rallies either bear or bull for now.

Sell Side brokerage research however is increasingly reaching their ‘trend flatulence’ in the hype cycle esp detailed notes from Macquarie progressing retail credit growth at ICICI bank and their use should get limited too, till more coherent thought can lead the selling of India recovery to foreign players in the next wave aa normal di in the usage cycle of new products, in India’s case still true for research. Rerating at brokerages and new players like Deutsche, despite a good global dbAccess conference (in its most obscure markets, USA). Stanchart had a good media ‘week’ just less than a fortnight back and the HSBC seems to have slipped with lack of HQ and trading room attention on India.

Deutsche and even MS despite a good back handed effort from Riddham Desai for ‘India according to Morgan Stanley’ last week sticking to its 6% FY14 stream of thinking and detailing it rather at the last minute but still making it a comprehensive view. You prbably cn already guess about my opinion of other such commentary by the BNP Paribas wealth, trying to skeet the losers of yesteryears as Defense scrips converting to trend leaders, another “strategy push” which failed to interest the bulls or the new money to INDIA

Things look dustier in fact in Turkey because of the revolution and in Taiwan / Vietnam as China gets ready probably for exporting jobs to Asian locations and importing a lot of foodstuff in more wholesale ranges from American pork(M&A) to wheat rice and more.

Though in a more copious mode under the China series’ we would have covered details but right now i seem to be on shaky ground wrt revenue/study opportunities and writing has to be restricted to these daily / weekly updates i hope readers and followers do not take for another occasion to stop reading and writing. Aussie is going to be the other big ticket investment soon and Korea is not far behind so India still does not get rerated up in global indices, but one can see the noise of rerating up is real except at S&P which is better off completing a going global transaction of CrISIL it is stuck with as its arm in India

HDFC is morally and legally in the right

Finally the details of the Macquarie report “The Last Bastion Falls” are available for the case of HDFC alerted in yesterday late afternoon’s news alerts. Macquarie’s protestations of research may well be comparable to current /industry standards of promoter and financial information access but the research report is the result of HDFC having adopted a practice as an Industry leader might, with due recourse to the management’s judgement call. However the information provided in the report could easily have been shared by HDFC in an analyst group instead of being “discovered” by the said analyst.

The issue at hand in financial accounting terms is simple, while provisioning for standard assets, making capital available against future losses is made by due modelling and expensed thru the P&L, when a new provisioning was requested by RBI on teaser loans, the institution exercised its judgment, made its stand public and passed due provisions without expensing them and held it against reserves of the institution.

Similarily, the institution has passed thru reserves Interest “expense” on Zero Coupon Bonds to raise monies for investing in HDFC Bank and the insurance JVs. In both cases the use of reserves is undeniably justified and the management has not had to pass any deviations to policy or contravene accounting standards The said analyst in question perhaps assumed the HDFC profits already discounted these provisions as ell and needs to just review those Earnings based forecasts here he has made the wrong assumptions

In both questions, HDFC’s NIMS will not suffer materially  even if the expenses are passed thru and as such are incomparable to questionable accounting practices adopted by Macquarie and other OECD based Financial institutions in the last decade with two financial crises in 2000 and 2008 a direct result

HDFC has clarified that current recognition of Income from subsidiaries has been compensated by the said policy as they only recognise dividends and not the subsidiary revenues and profits which will be part of its balance sheet under IFRS.  This treatment does advance the benefit of a new accounting standard but as HDFC has been clear and unequivocal in the use of accounting policy it cannot be said to have deviated from conservative accounting standards or other such. However the question against the company would be that the impact on earnings was not clearly specified at the time of announcing the results as RoE and NIM calculations would have been different for us in following the company’s financial performance.

That also goes to a comment on the Indian environment here such clarifications are always issued after the event and being part of a clique in the know still matters more than your ability and depth in the subject.

India Earnings Season: ING Vysya Bank uses the gap, Indusind builds on

Footbridge on the Indus River, Pakistan
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ING Vysya used the gap in under performing Q1 results to come back with a vengeance. The bank scored early with 20% yoy growth in NII to INR 304 crores or $61 mln after a slow Q1. Both ING and IndusInd improved over Q1 NIMs to 3.35% ING claims it is growing advances 5% higher than industy\ry rate, this year at 23% IndusInd outgrew ING with $84 mln in NII (INR 419 crores) and added $42 mln in Fee income (INR 212 crores)

ING’s centralisd Risk management makes it maintain 85% Provisional Coverage on its Loans compared to a high 70% target briefl introduced by RIBI last year to create a contingent facility foor rising bad debt ING Vysya maintains a CASA ratio in the 30s, coming down to 32% this quarter and under pressure for the rest of the high interest regime period. IndusInd on the other hand has joined hands in the Consumer Finance boost strategy claiming to have turned around its DB Credit card portfolio and adding fee income from reference income for HDFC home and car loans

IndusInd has also grown the TRansaction services feee basket this quarter smartly to keep its 30% growth circle, ING in the meantime has grown profits on a larger asset base from $20 mln in June to a 20% higher $23 mln or INR 1.15 bn this quarter Indus Ind net is almost double at INR 1.93 bln or $39 mln based on a higher contribution from fee lines and Transaction services 

Both banks have also tied down their Net NPAs to 0.31% in the quarter.  

IndusInd has an Advance book of INR 301 bln and is growing fee income by 30%(on year) comparing favorably with the larger network of Vysya in assets and outperforming on the new equations in Fee Income and Consumer Finance

India Earnings Season: A good jump start by Keki Mistry’s HDFC

The HDFC India Homes Fair
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An almost vertical 33% rise in Sales to a $800 mln ( at a temporary $1=Rs 50 average) from $600 mln last year in September, and its exemplary 4.3% NIM at the Industry defining low LTV of 70% brought home HDFC a bonanza of chips in a game of consistent upending of Industry challenges with a captive home loan customer base and assets of Rs 1.27 tln from 1 tln reached last year at the same time

September RBI data according to BS showed a growth of 6% in deposits and only 3.4% in credit while even in the US credit grew at 6.1% in the same period. Thus its borrowing rates remained a cool 228 bp lower than its higher lending rates as well. Results season for Indian banks and financial services comanies kicks in completely by tomorrow morning when IndusInd reports growth in credit and retail banking profits, expected to be another 20% as for the previous quarter. Average rerating of banking prospects in the subcontinent is looking at sales growth in credit remaining just below 20%

Infosys kicked off a new bullish trend with good results last Wednesday and TCS may pitch in with margin expansion as well even as recessionary trends in US and Europe are muted by a vertical 9% fall in the value of the rupee in September

India Earnings Season: Institutionalising housing infrastructure (HDFC results)

HDFC again underlines India’s NBFC structure / Institutional structures for finance & Credit companies across Infrastructure and Housing.

Additionally it emphasises that India’s disappointment riddled 2011 still means a more than 20% in sales year on year and 12 % profit QOQ. HDFC manages a 30% increase in Sales and 23% increase in profits for the quarter. Sales are up to $947 million for the quarter and Profits are an important 25% margin at $285.5mln (Net Profits after tax) with Net NPAs at NIL

Provisions have been maintained as mandated by NHB

Defaults are more likely if interest rate hikes continue into 2012 howwever fresh lending maybe under pressure immediately after the 50 bps hike

HDFC maintained spreads at 2.3% and including tail income from securitised/sold assets it upped NIMs to 4.57%

Construction companies had a great FY11, Sobha Developers for example intends to build an inventory of 11 million sft up ahead and is currently carrying only 130k inventory in fully built units and of the 2.7 mln sft under construction, less than 30% inventory is unsold.

Sobha was one of the unleveraged players having reduced debt to $350 mln at March 2010 Profits were more even than last time going to $11 mln for the Quarter at an ave realisation of INR4500 psft or $112.0 while for the year profits rose to $45mln at an average realisation of $100 psft (INR4000)

Meanwhile, Healthcare – Pharma major Ranbaxy PAT dropped from 20% or $240 mln last March to less than 15% to $75 million this quarter while sales were also lower at an expected $535mln clip

Defining the new YES Bank

Finally, the cat is out of the bag. 
Yes Bank albeit a little late or cautious, 
has decided to step into the Institutional market. It will be asking investors to pick up a $250m QIP stake to shore up its capital. In the meantime, as reported earlier, they have also put on hold their diversification and market development plans on the board for the last 2 years now as they get into some serious consolidation in its core banking business. They have a good sleeping brand and their recent cost cutting efforts would also bear fruit. However, their focus on SME business might change now as the current ticket size is very unremunerative for them. There was some recent murmur when Rabobank announced its plans to enter the country directly, but that is a non-starter since Yes Bank would not go for the stake sale by Rabobank without making sure the house is in order as a deeper recession is equally likely in the next 12 months.

Yes would need a little serious selling with big ticket business while continuing to present simple and generous options for retail and SME customers. Their non presence in asset management and broking would hardly raise any eyebrows as the business entirely survives on institutional volumes and even a Kotakstreet and a sharekhan are essentially struggling with their current “low” period.
I wonder how any bank with a brand like Yes can today crack open the expat market which has a few relatively unknown niche players ( Geojit, recently acquired by HSBC) It would need key leadership experience to realise a valid entry point. One option however, at the barest minimum requirement, is to go for a PSB or a local bank in UK and Australia or the Middle east. That requires capital but any other option leaves you with a performance like ICICI Bank which has managed only rep offices in all its overseas expansion and have not been able to generate the required trust without a retail presence on the ground, leaving the field seemingly open for players like ING and HSBC.
Regulatory level liaison with developed markets would sadly continue to maintain the respectable disconnect that exists as emerging markets can barely acknowledge their requirements of the day as they are seemingly extended to the rest of the world. It remains to be seen if that home brewn recipee of the Basel and BoE would ever land in some drifting current and be taken care of. A way must be found for India to spare the cash and show their value in the developed world and invest in these international markets before much more will come out to bear on market shares of all the players. This is not to belittle current efforts from either side but I didn’t see it on the agenda in these last few years at work. It is never too late to start?
The scrip remains a good buy in Indian exchanges and I look forward to even more QIP issuance from YES Bank.

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Rejuvenating Banking after the crash of ’08

I wonder how any bank with a brand like Yes or Kotak can today crack open the expat market which has a few relatively unknown niche players ( Geojit, recently acquired by HSBC) It would need key leadership experience to realise a valid entry point. One option however, at the barest minimum requirement, is to go for a PSB or a local bank in UK and Australia or the Middle east. That requires capital but any other option leaves you with a performance like ICICI Bank which has managed only rep offices in all its overseas expansion and have not been able to generate the required trust without a retail presence on the ground, leaving the field seemingly open for players like ING and HSBC. They do have some presence now in London.
 
Regulatory level liaison with developed markets would sadly continue to maintain the respectable disconnect that exists as emerging markets can barely acknowledge their requirements of the day as they are seamlessly extended to the rest of the world. It remains to be seen if that home brewn recipe of the Basel and BoE would ever land in some drifting current and be taken care of. A way must be found for India to spare the cash and show their value in the developed world and invest in these international markets before much more will come out to bear on market shares of all the players. This is not to belittle current efforts from either side but I didn’t see it on the agenda in these last few years at work. It is never too late to start?
 
All the PSB scrips remains a good buy in Indian exchanges and I look forward to even more QIP issuance from YES Bank. But sooner than later the investing denizens will realize our SME status in the global market and unlike China, here Private Enterprise is free to make its own market rules, which is not something we have made good use of till now.
 
The other priority and now a key priority is of course our spreading into the hinterland as we strengthen distribution and support the microcredit revolution and the farmers. This spread would require immediate action by the banks as the government has al but given the keys to the treasury for the banks to lend and spend and while Corporate credit may be lukewarm, the hinterland beckons.
 
Last but not the least, the banks are key to the Indian consumer treasure now that it is all about lifestyle and disposable spending. While unsecured credit would not be remunerative, as we cannot go beyond the current systemized and sometimes too painfully detailed back office ops required to support the credit.
 
As a banker I probably wonder why the boom did not last, but then nothing lasts forever and as far as emerging markets are concerned , it remains a s good as it gets as Class B towns and Metros keep growing incessantly and people continue to spend on retail, lifestyle and entertainment. Infrastructure financing will attract the big bucks and the retail lifestyle spending will grow as fast as ever within the next 12 months, the magic being in access and prompt delivery by the banks.
 
Predictions: Interest rates are headed lower and Treasuries are going to be fatter and richer but still incomparable to the riches in the global markets
 
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