L&T Finance Holdings ranking – Purchase: Sale of mutual fund enterprise to make stability sheet stronger

Valuation is cheap; deal in line with agency’s technique; it’s ready now to deal with mortgage e book progress; ‘Purchase’ retained

L&T FinancE Holdings (LTFH) has entered right into a definitive settlement with HSBC AMC, by which the latter will purchase 100% stake in L&T Funding Administration (LTIM), the funding supervisor of L&T Mutual Fund (LTMF), for $425 m. As well as, LTFH will probably be entitled to extra money (Rs 5-7 bn) in LTIM’s books till the completion of this divestment/acquisition. Together with the surplus money (besides the minimal money requirement of Rs 0.5-1 bn) that LTFH is entitled to, the full sale consideration could be Rs 37-39 bn (4.6-4.8% of present AUM).

HSBC AMC would merge its current Asset Administration enterprise (Sep’21 AUM of Rs 117 bn) with that of LTMF (Sep’21 AUM of Rs 803 bn). Topic to all regulatory approvals, LTFH expects this transaction to be accomplished inside the subsequent 9-12 months (i.e. by Dec’22).

Consequent to its final rights subject in Feb’21, whereby LTFH raised Rs 30 bn, its capital adequacy is at a wholesome ~25% (Tier I: 20%). Whereas the sale of the Asset Administration enterprise will take one other 9-12 months to be consummated, we imagine LTFH will utilise the proceeds primarily for danger capital (bettering the provisioning cowl) and solely a small portion for progress capital (given its already wholesome capital adequacy). Alternatively, a part of the good points from this transaction may be paid out as dividends.

As highlighted earlier, LTFH is close to the underside by way of consolidation of its mortgage e book and may begin exhibiting mortgage progress in H2FY22E. NPA recognition of a big Actual Property account in Q2FY22 has eliminated an overhang of potential asset high quality stress and can enable LTFH to work in direction of its decision. We have now not made any adjustments to our estimates (as but) and consider a 7%/11% mortgage progress in FY23E/FY24E. We keep our Purchase ranking with an unchanged TP of Rs 110 per share (1.2x Sep’23e consolidated BVPS).

Did LTFH get a good valuation for its Asset Administration enterprise?
Amongst listed friends, UTI AMC, with an AUM of Rs 2.3 trn, is the closest to L&TMF at Rs 812 bn. By way of market capitalisation-to-AUM ratio, UTI AMC trades at 5.6%, whereas P/E on an annualised H1FY22 earnings stands at 18.2x. As per the deal contours, L&TMF’s belongings have been valued at 4.6% of AUM and 19.3x annualised H1FY22 P/E, which seems cheap.

Sensitivity evaluation: Affect on EPS, e book worth, and capital adequacy
The divestment of the MF enterprise will end in a rare EPS of Rs 7.6 in FY23E. Ceteris paribus and assuming all the proceeds from the sale of the MF enterprise is retained for progress and danger capital, this can enhance BVPS by 6-8% and CRAR by 150-190bp over FY23-24E.

Valuation and look at
Divestment of the Asset Administration enterprise to HSBC AMC is consistent with LTFH’s goal of unlocking worth from its subsidiaries and strengthening its Steadiness Sheet for the Lending enterprise. Given its wholesome capital adequacy of over 25% and anticipated proceeds from the sale of the MF enterprise, LTFH is now ready to aggressively push ahead in direction of its said long-term aim of retailisation of its lending portfolio.

We reiterate our view that LTFH is close to the underside by way of consolidation of its mortgage e book, with an anticipated pick-up in infra disbursements and Retail Housing/LAP. Regardless that we stay watchful of potential slippages in Actual Property Finance in H2FY22, given the buoyancy within the Actual Property sector, we count on resolutions of such exposures to be comparatively faster.

LTFH carries enough extra provisions (together with OTR provisions) of two.2% of normal loans. These are over and above ECL provisions and may present the mandatory buffer to guard towards contingencies in Micro loans and the Actual Property phase. We have now not made any adjustments to our estimates (as but) and keep our Purchase with an unchanged TP of Rs 110 (1.2x Sep’23E consolidated BVPS).

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