March 17, 2015
FII Mover and Shaker of Indian Equity market, BOFA Merrill Lynch hosted an investor conference at which ministers in the Narendra Modi Government (Nitin Gadkari and Jayant Sinha), senior bureaucrats and nearly 40 companies participated.
Overweight India – Global Investors are overweight on India. GEM funds are nearly 420 bps overweight India BoFA’s view is that this makes India vulnerable to any near term global correction. India remains the most owned market in GEM by Read more
March 10, 2015
Weak balance sheet growth and elevated credit costs would keep the profitability of PSU banks subdued. Furthermore, visibility on structural reforms remains poor. Whilst the Government has taken some initiatives, the process appears to be too gradual and it side-steps some of the key objectives of removing the Government’s direct control on PSU banks.
PSU banks’ 3QFY15 results highlighted continued stress on their loan book growth and credit quality. Slowing NII growth (5% YoY) and elevated credit costs (provisions at 1.1% of assets) led to RoA compressing to 0.3% in 3QFY15.
Focus on Structural Reforms
PSU banks, on an average, have lagged their private sector peers significantly over the last decade in terms of profitability and Read more
February 12, 2015
Larsen & Toubro – L&T reported weak results with standalone revenue growth of 4.2% versus expectations of 7.5%. EBITDA margins contracted YoY to 10.5% from 11.6% in 3Q FY15 ostensibly on job mix and some orders not crossing the margin recognition threshold.
While L&T, in revenue terms, is larger than India’s next six largest construction companies put together, owing to the fragmented market (L&T’s market share Read more
November 24, 2014
The River Ganga is considered amongst the holiest rivers in the country with thousands of pilgrims thronging its banks to take a dip. However, the river today holds the infamous distinction of being the fifth most polluted river in the world. The narendra Modi led government has promised to clean up the river and wants to complete the same over the next decade by spending Rs510bn on setting up sewerage plants in 118 towns and villages.
Sewerage treatment opportunity to Clean Ganga
Daily sewerage being generated by 50 cities Read more
November 21, 2014
Kotak Bank will offer 725 shares for every 1000 shares held in ING Vysya Bank. The swap ratio at current prices implies a valuation of Rs159 bn for ING Vysya Bank (2.1x Sept- 14 BV) and is 2.6% higher than its last closing price. The good part is that Kotak is using its expensive stock currency (4.3x trailing book) to buy an asset at 2xBV. However, lower RoE for ING Vysyawill deplete the RoE for the combined entity and Kotak will have to grow fast to improve RoE over time. The deal will result in 18% dilution for Kotak Bank at current prices.
Kotak Bank will induct one member from ING Vysya Bank on the board of the merged entity. Kotak Bank intends to keep one savings account interest Read more
October 24, 2014
The BJP Government led by Shri Narendra Modi has taken some bold decisions in the Oil & Gas and Energy sector. Retail diesel price deregulation, providing predictability to improved cash flows of oil marketing companies (OMCs), setting the sector up for better marketing margins and private-sector competition, 2) Two-tier natural gas pricing with 47% rise in price of current production to US$6.19/mmBtu (from 1 Nov 2014 with 6 monthly review) and other incentives for future gas discoveries from the more expensive types of projects and finally, direct cash subsidy transfer to retail LPG consumers by June 2015, further improving OMC cash flows Read more