India Morning Report: How wealth now hates equities for keeps..

stock market
stock market (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)

 

Globally emerging Markets have become a unique asset class and the first month of 2013 was as sunny as the latter part of 2012 in terms of asset flows. US enters a period of so-so uncertainity in equities a stronger currency on the anvil to stew the growth equation for the largest democracy, and not mirrorred in the Yen’s ever increasing appetite hitting a weak 94 /95 against the Dollar last week enroute to par economics.

 

However predominantly from investor behaviour on MCX’ new segment highlighted in launch yesterday with volumes of just 1.1 bln it is obvious that wealth that favors Oil speculation, Fixed income, Currency and Commodities is wary of this simple growth paradigm advocated by equities and even when it invests in growth it by passes the “stock market” dream with much more muscle than any lip services its banks pay to the segment. Though at Goldman Sachs and European houses, equities trading for clients till forms a substantive segment of business, back int he country and in real markets Equities are failing to entice banks, institutions and retail wealth equally miserably.  (Nifty bottom is capped at 5800 at its worst intraday moment and can be bought)

 

It is possible that ironing out execution flaws and goading institutions to trade the segment in due course will bring volumes to India’s newest stock exchange, but it is unlikely that equities get any more weightage in this large wealth market already lening on just that precious drop of gold more than anything else and addedly missing its calling in the global markets with shallow and reefy fixed income, currency and even commodities markets though courtesy of MCS we have volume leadership in key contracts.

 

Structured Term investing probably brought the equity paradigm to oratory finery professed by the rich and the nouveau rich, giving them cleaner mirrors into what they wanted and perhaps their disregarding risk is what made them pliable which would be a pity as that market is unlikely to be permitted to grow that size again as Derivatives would go into regulatory scrutiny in more regime than those like Singapore and China willing to publish new regulatory regimes with large chinks int he armor, but that in turn just crimps the prospects of banks rOE and those seeking employment predominantly in Finance in Banks and other fund investors (

 

The original Private Equity Council logo in us...
The original Private Equity Council logo in use from the formation of the organization through September 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

shadow banking). All classes of non bank investors including Private Equity though Hedge funds still trade in equity at almost negative returns, have shunned Equity markets underlining the need to perhapds reinvent the paradigm, which iss till more understandable and germaine to capital flows than even the post Bretton woods world and its currency wars

 

The Stride Arcolabs deal with Pfizzer at 8X Sales at under $2 bln highlights the efficiency of Dealmaking and Secondary equities esegments are but a highlight of the equity charaacter that allows such Capital flows to underwrite the growth in both G10, G20 and the emerging economies

 

 

India Infrastructure: Indian Banking and Infra / construction NPAs

Infrastructure projects typically financed by 80-20 debt equity ratio are suffering as government equity is

NPA
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scarce and private financing on equity markets and bank funding made to suffer for private equity lock ins lasting more than the 5 yr desired and/or beating on the bourses

NPA marking after 6 months, apart from its long tenure and thus unsuitability for bank books, none of which have stopped banks and infra projects from announcing financial completion and consequent delays in land acquisition, escalation of project costs and delays in project execution, even after operationalisation, ground results and financial projections are yet divergent as adoption of pay as you go by retail consumers is slow at best, some challenges that dog india’s epic yet comical $2.5 tln infra financing story.

Of the $1 Tln expected from the 12th yr plan in spending on infrastructure, 50% is expected from private players. Already markets have been punishing operationally efficient players like Reliance Infrastructure, GMR and GVK for the large scale perception of a bad debt industry pampered conveniently by banks. Of the incremental $4 bln lending by banks this year to real estate companies, two thirds is made to unlisted real estate companies for new projects as listed companies battle with public debates on their untenable debt and costs of servicing ECB and financial sell offs by DLF and others to get the balance sheet good for inspection. Whether listed or unlisted, project delays and NPA qualification is the same and more than 10% of this new $4 bln or $1.6 tln till date(2011) are likely to become NPAs soon on real estate projects waiting for better climes in consumer spending on the housing and durables segments

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