India Morning Report: A tough hand dealt in the Financial Stability Report

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The Interconnectedness of the Indian Banking system, might have become prioritised for a global caveat emptor learnt but the Indian system has much more downside from our desi PSU style profligacy in SME lending as haircuts on even 50% of that stressed portfolio would take the government out for a long walk in the woods. Delving a little more indepth into our favorite subject, most of the stressed portfolios in India Inc’s first stress tests were found to be in Infra, Mining and Cap goods sectors or our core Infrastructure series components and those would anyway need to be treated differently than Ordinary term loans . Such loans constitue 54% of the Stressed assets identified in the FSR.

However as the Financial Stability Report remarks, there is a fundamental risk to about 60% of the credit stock in the Banking system collapsing banks even as they have primarily not created a laconic lee side for the Ghat monsoons in interbank lending primarily one supposes thru traded CDLOs and real lending on larger accounts  than derivatives without a defined underlying as in the global case. The risk as highlighted in the FSR come from defaults in lending portfolios of Banks skewed to single corporates apparently among other details one has to study from the disregard of concentration risk by lenders with the 20% to single corporate and 25% i think for group key limits to be tightened and enforced duly.

India on the other hand has to grow the Securitisation pie  from here and where the Central Bank would be trying to control INR 1.7 Tln in repayments due till 2017-18 from the next fiscal onwards (FY15->2014-15) , India would indeed face an uphill task the markets would do well to ensure they have factored in. HDFC Bank too never got that approval for added FII investments even as Axis Bank application was cleared last week(to 62%).

Back to the mundane diary of the Indian markets for the day, Markets trade leaving the upside intact as shallow trades characterise the last trading session to 2014, much like last week’s record low of INR 740 Bln in the full day of equities and derivatives trading on the NSE and BSE and Cash volumes are likely to stay below INR 30 Bln (the last week low was INR 50 Bln) probably. US and European Markets are closed on New Years Day including Fixed income markets (at least in the USA) The other thing to highlight from the watchful Fiscal Stability Report is RBI’s worries on the Growth – Inflation dynamics not working out as WPI continues above 7%  which we led with sometime in November.

Net foreign inflows continue to sweeten the deal for India inc into 2014 with a 1.5% CAD (FSR score 1.7% and a FY14 achievement score target of under 3%) and the Fisc even if the virtual spending shutdown (as in the last 4 years) from January will soon find another yawning gap even if FY 2014 indeed perks up reasonably. Hopes of a stable post election scenario have almost been crossed out in case you did not notice in the New Year’s eve  celebrations and the infra pack, high on investment hopes and leadership from IDFC, and a deleveraging trio incl GMR Infra and JP Associates with the Relinfra people facing their first AAM Party audit

Apparently new year’s eve also sees an uptick in Tata Power and Reliance , which one doubts will last esp as Tata Motors is receiving its recognition only for its minute share of the TESCO-Trent JV like in fact here was such when Starbucks burst onto the subcontinent scene. The Starbucks venture is well-defined however, and the ware tastes well, drawing in big crowds in now 3(Three) cities in India

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What probably did not get highlighted but was tried earlier by RBI, also needs to be monitored for results as Foreign Banks continue to skirt the Living Wills issues at Global HQ and continue to rethink their strategy with regard to entering India. Apparently Gross NPAs will start trickling down as we long suggested but Fitch and a few others are still hoping the PSU disaster will play out to bigger stakes and at a faster rate to make a return virtually impossible ( especially if larger Government injections are requird to keep them floating – KV Kamath). However, I would just depend on the investment recovery and the credit growth performance by Private Banks and probably PNB as Deposits finally outpace credit in the last bi monthly reports on the Banking sector in Calendar 2013 and the ICDR hopefully comes back to respectable levels without Banks having to constrain such new lending in India’s recovery phase

Also don’t take me to be a cynic but Torrent and Lupin’s timed leaks about Pharma’s assault on a generic version opportunity for Cymbalta may be better timed but is still probably a few months away from translating into Dollars and one fervently hope ( and cannot claim to otherwise yet concretise) that the generic provides an opportunity to us more than the cookie cutter $200-500 mln with or without first mover advantage.

India Morning Report: State Bank gets ready to report with PNB carnage still fresh

English: Wordmark of Tata Power
English: Wordmark of Tata Power (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

PNB ofcourse claimed to stabilise NPAs again but with INR 50 Bln more in restructured assets that are  now INR335 Bln on the Books, the bank has lost a lot of investor stars in this quarter. However, the bank seems to have acted as per strategy to release larger NPLs ramping up provisioning and so even though Profits were lower, the NIMs are 3.47% an industry best and NPAs at 3%  might yet be excusable keeping the bank firmly in our buy list aheadof Bank of Baroda. PNB bulk deposits are down a huge 2/3rds  at INR 220 Bln from more Than INR 900 Bln

 

State Bank will report much lower than expectations however as market expectations onthe scrip have been unnecessarily optimistic, its being in the buy lists always a function of its special charter and its exposure to SME always a much more risky diet for investors than even BOB, BOI and NB but the bank is the biggest in India and has been trying with great returns for its size in the retail lending markets, not in NRI deposits

 

PNB will continue trading higher provisions for lower PAT as the coverage is still 55%, lower than others in India and the only risk factor is its high reliance on the restructured book which for PSU banks has turned out to be  window dressing game, skeletons of which cupboard may be expected to be found industry wide in a couple of yearswhen they are reclassified a s NPA instead of standard assets. PNB may perform better at that time when actual results are available  and its Treasury revenues ( Gross of INR 339 Bln) remain best in class

 

Currency and Bond markets are still twirled up in a tizzy and the Dollar Index at 81 levels may continue to rise though confirmation of continuing EM inflows will change the sentiment positively. Indices flagged off below 6000 levels and Sensex may well see sub 20k levels keeping short itches alive this week after a seeming end of the line earlier in the week as trade data was seen in the right light. 11 more sessions in this series which hidden to most, has even seen Ashwini Gujral and the Institutions change their staple trades, IDFC and YES back in lay as mainstream sentiment carriers

 

I for one consider the State Bank to be fair valued at more around 1400 levels, a purveyor of bad asset quality for whicht he rub off on PNB and BOI is almost unfair and that the State Bank can be punished isolatedly instead of crowding each and every constituent of the Banknifty

 

Food inflation should e allowed to continue at 10-12% levels the CPI component having come in at 12.56% yesterday. The IIP at 2% was well below what could be and expectations cannot be lowered to where the series presupposes to lie in the coming election months. Tata Power has irrationally picked up its pair with RPOWR and Reliance Inra again, turning south after Reliance boosted its results fr the companies earlier this week

 

 

 

Morning Trading Strategies – India July 12, 2012

Sell INFY in the morning even if you get high 2380 levels as the cut would go deep

Buy BIOCON and buy the banks esp stay in your holdings in HDFCBANK. Auto shorts are unlikely to give too much in returns, Healthcare and Consumer stocks should be buy on dips. CIPLA my stay up and SUNPHARMA shorts work for the street though keep a tight stop loss on the same.

Buy a few Nifty Puts at open regardless of any strength you see, do not buy Banknifty puts and if you are tempted to sell a few puts to lock in the banknifty levels it could actually work but then it is temptation

Hopefully by 10 AM you have started biting Nifty Calls

Midcap Select: Opto Circuit, Adani Ent

OPTO:

Opto got a first device FDA approval in the USA thrui its Cardiac Science Corp subsidiary. It can now invest in marketing of its retail Wearable Holter Cardiac Monitors

ADANI:

Apart from being close to outbid on the LNG unit in Gujarat Gas (65% stake + 26% open offer = 91.5% of $1

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bln+ Valn premium on sale) Adani also commissioned a largest of its kind 40 MW solar plant in Kutch in less than 6 months. Kutch is on the northwest coast of India in Gujarat, also where Adani’s port and Tata’s Mundra power plant are located.

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