India Morning Report: Pass around the peanuts :: Losing 6200 now(not really), I am sinking, No EMs aren’t a great buy or great “SELL” either

corus / Tata steel IJmuiden velsen beverwijk
corus / Tata steel IJmuiden velsen beverwijk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Choosing a daily headline is a challenge, quite so. Instead of helping and supporting you are acting like a pack of chihuahuas who have been given more than enough to eat . Write back on every post , this kind of reticent observation posts on my writing are not helping your cause (Dear Readers)

The Sun Group results, mostly Spicejet, tchah why would i call that or the iPhone launch a headline in any subdivision of this country let alone online with so many obervers, NRO accounts and eligible bachelorettes. That’s another franchise down the drainpipes. (gutterball, say!) I am not talking IPL though Sunrisers also went down rather for the same mismanagement.

Debt worries may have more to do with Spicejet losses, I would hve said on a cursory glance, so I leave that one to you . I am probably wrong as Bad Debt is definitely not my worry till I am operationally efficient and thus viable again. The entire new industry of innovation relies more on such mis-accidents and so any bank with an innovative model though feted by the markets would continue to go down in the melee and PSUs are not required to instead encourage losing sectors for Export

Each “Quimvadanti” above is a torture for any reader without ad libbing the rejoinder mind you

EM analysts are right that EMs have been scoring negatives thru 2013 and that the same will be recompensed without a Bull run though. However, India is getting inflows thru November and the so called funding trades are now just shorting down a blind alley every time for the heck of it as retail and DIIs stay away from buying. Portfolio buyers are alerady selecting known performers.

JSW Steel production counts are up to 12 MT for Crude Steel but I think the ratio of value added products , at less than 10% that in each variety ( 1 MT ea for 4-5 product “SKUs”) show the limited potential despite the use of advanced technologies in these traditional EM sectors where India does score over the more volatile China, Russia and Brazil. Rio Tinto had to recently leave after a small project to review the potential of Diamond mining among others and POSCO / Mittal have been exiting the Orissa wilderness, but the so called Economic loss may well be a gain. BPO lays claim in the mean time to furthering urbanisation as Tier 2 players post out their Top talent to the 30 odd 1 mln pop towns .

UB, according to ET, has lost 20% of volumes in TN also even as Fosters and Carlsberg move up in alcohol markets in the North. Beer and Whisy markets have plateaued in India again despite a crisis in the last 5 years , an early maturity we have long commented on , in India’s branded Consumer Staples (Discretionary) United Spirits is an easy sell though any pick on news is unlikely to last till Monday close and open positions over the weekend should be avoided, easy pickings for alt Asset cronies stymied for hedges and funding on a flat index

SELL on Private Banks like YES and Indusind or ICICI Bank (Traders 20) will fail again as the banking sector carries the seed for a lot of outperformance out ahead that India guarantees. Credit growth cycles need not renew as they are already back in India at 18% and longer term impacts in East Asia and Singapore are unlikely to trump local Indian growth in the sector as again it guarantees credit growth without the Europeans . Draghi’s rate cut though deserves a mention and the Euro has returned to growth again rapidly losing 1.38 odd levels to end at 1.33 before today’s London open. The London FX probe primarily started around the EUR-GBP cross trade ‘fixed’ by leading banks as sort of a ‘tradition’ as all global banks get busy in another imbroglio obviating the need to explain their non return to Asia.

Muthoot results boast of 620,000 gold accounts even as Gold Assets obviously went down in a bad year for Gold. Consumer recession or inflation impacts would have seen a spike in these assets held as collateral by the bank hopeful

JLR volumes up 32% are but a drop in the Ocean but any uptick post-results will impact Tata Steel holdings till Reliance results come around at least. Hold and add to Tata Steel positions

Siddharth Tewaris appointment is welcome for at least the continuity in policy it guarantees and one in fact hopes that RGR’s futher appointment as Governor indeed sets a precedent , a steping stone as CEA very visible to critics and friends and allowing a testing period for future governors and more importantly a cogent monetary policy

 

India Bank Earnings: A 20% rise in revenues for ICICI Bank, Asset quality upside not enough (Q2: FY2014)

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English: Mukesh Ambani’s house “Antilia” in Mumbai. Deutsch: Antilia – das Haus des indischen Milliardärs Mukesh Ambani in Mumbai, Indien (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ICICI Bank which has continued on a lower margin growth in retail to gain just 20% topline growth will still be growing at more than 20% a year. Net Profits also grew to scale as Domestic NIMs were a tremendous 3.65% and the International Book started growing again. India’s largest Private Bank in true banking paradigms neither government owned nor still counting down to respectable CASA despite having started as a division of a Project Finance Firm, it has beaten competition from HDFC Bank in many categories except in true reach and has a real corporate book and fails in comparison with HDFC Bank’s large retail share. It’s book is predominantly mortgages in retail and its lending practices imply a bigger concern on asset quality n that portfolio as well.

Investments are more than a quarter of the Gross Interest earned after the likely HTM transfers and booked losses and  with International ‘cash’ also being put to use. Fee Income was up 20% sequentially to INR 24 Bln and 15% up on half year over FY13 as the bank seemingly wins the war for customer yield while rearing up growth, a quick way to kill criticism of its retail lending practices that will sooner than later rear up but without a margin squeeze , does not get into ‘crisis mode’ again

Net was iNR 23.5 Bln and retail credit grew at 22% with the Corporate Book also growing at above 15%. September Banks’ non food credit has grown to 18% above the 13% rate most of FY13 and will this be a good momentum for the Bank’s continuing growth. ICICI’s under 20k ATMs (19500) are same as HDFC Bank and in almost unreachable urban areas across the spectrum of SEC income classes and provides a substantial part of its retail lending book in unsecured loans , a practice missing in private Sector Indian banks. Organic portfolio grew at 27% but the need to purchase retail portfolios is only going to grow. The bank will also need to scale up outside townships as one of the two active private sector players needed to contibute to rural reach as India battles a large more than 50% nbanked population and a changing welfare regime

It suffers from a just short of INR 100 Bln in restructured assets (including current disclosed pipeline ) by FY15 and will be a significant 3-4% of the Advances and will mostly be seen as heading to NPA than to normal assets after the two years except for one or two cases that will go back after the currency stabilises, the business model still safe

The ratio of Gross NPAs though down is another mind furrowing and disturbing biggie at over 3% and NPAs wmore than twice of rival HDFC Bank ut comfortably under 1%.  The banks’ leading growth as a multiple of GDP and thus growing at more than 15%, ICICI Bank’s  Loan growth will remain close to 20% for the growth cycle as Taper is postponed and India tries to regain a better growth clip

Lifestyle Champ ITC , here or there?

ITC improved EBITDA margins to 40% in the meantime on price realisations in Tobacco even as profits from Hotels halved and FMCG returned to successive second quarter of losses ( of INR 120 mln). Net Sales were INR 77 Bln , 33 Bln from cigarettes and INR 26 Bln from consumer staples

RIL loses buyback steam

What will also reach India Morning repots next week though just a quick plug here is that Mukesh Ambani’s firms have decided to extinguish existing Treasury stock of almost INR 500 Bln and will be discontinuing buybacks

India Morning Report: Markets consolidate to new 6350 range/top

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Beijing subway (Photo credit: doubleaf)

 

The IT correction of last week already got used into the 6200 mark as positive results keep positive momentum on global news for the Dollar backing off. As BGI (Blackrock) and Vanguard welcome back funds into Emerging markets US yields and Bond Funds may not get that much investor interest returning and markets like Korea and India should thus be beneficiaries in the ensuing inflows to ‘EMs’

 

Thus ‘uncomplexed’ the flow however is likely to still not be emboldened by the fears of an asset bubble in China as  further improvement of House prices by more than 15 and 16% in Beijing and Shanghai keeps China the easiest target for Hot money flows probably now getting more focus on to its fixed rate currency. Thus an unforeseen window for pressures n the currency though the currency-markets hedge is no longer holding and correlation between equities and currencies will be kept by the broader money flows of whatever magnitude

 

Metals are a good pick for Macquarie which is among the few doubling down on IT post results with the rupee at 61-62

 

YES Bank will likely bring back bigger and better position trades to the Banknifty which is right now sprawled between ‘PSU having been whacked too hard’ strategy and ‘Private banks being the only worth’ bidders who for some reason are getting shorted on ICICI Bank, the bank’s own dealers likely not to blame. ITC and ING Vysya will follow the lead of the banks as most select scrips in portfolios are not adding further positions otherwise except for further small window trades in the delta to the Top from here. Is more discussion on RWA arrangements in India possible because though instruments are merely traditional ones predominantly, Basel III treatment could possibly be more rigorous and Indian Banks are mostly getting a free ride except for the large move to NPAs which is limited to bad quality portfolios.  A Bank promoter for instance recently suggested he has only 3% Tier II Capital and 13-14% Tier I Capital which is true for this particular bank and showcases the thinking on Capital /Leverage in India and the potential for the banks to grow having come thus far in an untapped market and running at 3X the GDP in growth in lending if a little focus is maintained on bank governance

 

HDFC posted a perfect quarter except for the Bank dividend having already been distributed in the First quarter dipping the expected NII to a posted INR 18.14 Bln. The year on year growth is safe and sold loans constitute less than 10% of their outstanding book while still earning the bank 129 basis points. NIMs increase for the institution through the year and the first quarter’s 3.9% increased to 4.1% yesterday(as of September 2013)

 

The news of a fund crunch in Jet Airways or the CBI action thus far proceeding against KM Birla and other industrialists is likely to become the focus of the “Bad India, Dull India” news flow and may merit immediate policy action but overall market participants are well aware of the limitations of policy action from an outgoing government. FIPB was also postponed for day after tomorrow having approved INR 33 Bln worth almost a month ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Morning Report: Private Banks paying for PSU heresy

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Bank nifty private bank leaders were again targeted as investors refused to let the index give up its gains. Those locked into long PSU strategies remained headed for negative gains in the 2013 cycle and switching trades also not being available, as a measure of respite seemingly, unwitting profitable counterparts were targeted by those prefering the short side of the target at nifty near 6100 and banks are unable to resist these sharp cuts with most other new longs since April not including banks. To wit, Indian Bank is trading in positive territory being one of the few whose positive uptick in Q4 results fully recovered the profit habit in the eyes of investors. Canara ‘s NPAs for examply stayed above 2.6% headed for a 3% cut in assets and negating any other income of the bank.

New positive offshoots from Infra and results from Karnataka elections that firmed up chances of a stable regime the next five years till 2019 also indicate a firming up of price levels for a success to be feted by equities in Indian markets. All Capital markets look to move unidirectionally in the first few months of confirmation of recovery as fixed income markets celebrate a new 10 year bond and yields move closer to 7.25% levels Strange opinions from Goldman Sachs take over the small screen though as the broker’s opinion tries to spread /believe recovery has spread to stocks like L&T and Apollo Tyres, which both seem to look askance yet and well may lose steam to winners forom metals and minerals first as those look more positively geared up for a recvovery than these GS recommendations

Meanwhile IDFC has hit a late stride on the bull run and DIIs including bulk buyers like LIC look to be stuck with purchases at these or higher levels except for a later correction to 5900 and not more than that

Germany’s IIP data meanwhile only helps our belief that the Euro has taken the proverbial high road, any lack of recovery in the 17 Euro countries unlikely to disturb the currency’s upward trend beyond 1.36 ( hsbc target0 or other higher targets near 1.45 even as any meaningful recovery in the 17 country economic zone or progress on closer union may also well be ruled out after German elections till 2018.

Disinvestment mandates to achieve promoter compliance with sebi requirements (GSK Consumer, HUL) seems to have rung the cash registers at HSBC as the banks good results earlier this week, also showed its great pipeline in Asia, theonly one including both China and India.

 

Bank Results Season: HDFC Bank Q4 grows 30% PAT and Net Interest income

HDFC Akkrama!
HDFC Akkrama! (Photo credit: prajayogi)

 

Net interest income for the Indian Market leader in Private Banks rose to INR 43 B from INR 33 B 26% on year/year growth. As dividends from insurance have also started showing up regularly every two quarters consolidated PAT has been growing unbridled past our 30% watermark. PAT for Q4 ended up at INR 18.90 B, a substantial shoring up of business performance in the last six quarters when it began a series at a strong but smaller share of the indian market with INR 12.5 B quarterly profits and  INR 26B NII

 

A CASA of nearly 48% however with Advances at INR 2.4 Tln nearly not growing fast enough, deposits have closed in on the INR 3 Tln mark. Though its cost income efficiencies rival the most superior in the industry, the funding structure of the bank still shows up in a heavy 16.8% Capital Ratio in Basel I terms which would not get negatively impacted in the Basel 3 regime for Indian banks and an Advance / Deposit ratio near 85% and gross NPAs of less than 1%.

 

Though flash reports have not mentioned it yet, Fee income likely tracked more than INR 28.8B and the bank needs to attend to credit growth as a main objective and define trade credit /transaction banking and commercial lending separately going forward as also wealth vs traditional retail and loan product income in retail where new blood is likely to strike alongwith limited competition from indusind and kotak bank

 

The detailed exposition of year end results will appear in our traditional HDFC Bank vs ICICI Bank face off after the Chanda kochchar led bank’s results are announced.

 

Banks look for Fee Income push (India Earnings Season)

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Despite paltry box office pickings of just Rs 1300 Crores for the Corporate Finance teams, private sector banks are set to make a profitable killing for the quarter’s results led by Investment based products, bancassurance and commercial banking charges on Trade and retail customers. The kicker is almost 40-50% for Private Banks like Kotak and HDFC Bank while even PNB and UBI will bolster their effective interest income growth with 20% growth in fee income.

Banks have recently been allowed multiple ( up to 4) insurance partners for their cross-sell desks in wealth management and even longstanding wannabes like Indian Bank will pursue the course to bolster their banking incomes. Axis and HDFC Bank expect almost a fifth of their income from fee based lines

Also deals may be looking up in the latter half of the year if retail regains color and FD”i approvals come through

Stanchart starts spreading the word

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Phase II of global MNC strategy in India sems to have started with a clean slate. Bigger players in personal wealth and Private banking space come from the top 3 in India, among Stanchart, HSBC and Cii. Smaller offshore franchises like Socgen do not seem to have growm. Deutsche Bank also planned an aggressive expansion in India, though in retail to $1 million deposits. Stanchart toook a new public PR route for its Private Banking appointment and it was refreshing to see banks sharing staff movement information.

StanChart’s Jaspal Bindra was appointed Group Executive Director in 2009 after a good stint as CEO of Asia during the crisis. TS Shankar was appointed as South Asia Treasury Chief earlier in the year. In the latest appointment Sandeep Das comes from Premier Wealth prodct to head Private Banking. Global Bank s are looking at asweet spot in retail banking for ‘higher’ networth individuals with deposits of nearer $1 millon. HSBC has also recently averred the same to be a profitable segment

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