Apr 07, 2012, 02.22 PM | Source: Moneycontrol.com
Angel Broking has come with its March quarterly earning estimates for banking sector.
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Banking stocks after underperforming the Sensex for three consecutive quarters (1QFY2012-3QFY2012) were able to outperform the Sensex handsomely by 15.8% (absolute returns of 28.4%) in 4QFY2012 on account of lower valuations and improving economic outlook. The rally in banking stocks was led by mid cap PSU banks, within which Dena Bank gave the highest sequential returns of 84.3%, followed by UCO Bank and Syndicate Bank, which gave returns of 73.8% and 62.4%, respectively. Inflation levels moderated significantly in 4QFY2012 (~250bp), leading to increased anticipation of rate cuts, which fueled the rally in banking stocks. Throughout 4QFY2012, the RBI continued with open market operations (OMOs) and, along with cumulative 125bp cut in cash reserve ratio (CRR), infused liquidity worth ~`2lakh cr in the financial system, which allowed banks to manage the tight liquidity situation (owing to slowing deposit growth and dollar sales by the RBI). Considering the significant moderation in inflation levels over 4QFY2012, we expect the RBI to commence with repo rate cuts in the next few months, which, in our view, should help banking stocks in maintaining their positive performance in FY2013 as well.
Deposit growth decelerates in 4QFY2012: Credit growth for the banking sector has been on a declining trend since the beginning of FY2011. Credit growth as of March 9, 2012, stood weak at 16.3% yoy, which can primarily be attributed to the slowing economy along with a high base effect (23.2% yoy growth as of March 11, 2011). Interest rates have remained elevated for quite some time now (base rate for SBI at 10% since August 2011), leading to continued tapering off in the credit appetite of the economy. Incremental credit in FY2012 YTD is lower by 10.3% yoy compared to FY2011 YTD; deposit accretion, which had picked up post successive deposit rate hikes, decelerated quite sharply during 4QFY2012 to 13.9% yoy (as of March 9, 2012) compared to 16.9% yoy as of December 30, 2011. Incremental FY2012 YTD deposits as of March 9, 2012, are only marginally higher by 0.2% yoy compared to FY2011 YTD.
Slowing deposit growth coupled with the RBI's intervention in the forex market to support the depreciating rupee has led to liquidity pressures exacerbating since the starting of CY2012 (avg. borrowings of ~`1.4lakh cr compared to ~`88,000cr in 3QFY2012). While the RBI has infused ~`2lakh cr in the system through CRR cuts and OMOs, liquidity pressure has remained intact (`1.25lakh cr as of March 30, 2012) and is expected to ease only post the commencement of FY2013.
|Company||Operating Income||Net Profit|
|4QFY12E||% chg||4QFY12E||% chg|
|Bank of Maharashtra||821||12.1||110||59.2|
|LIC Housing Fin||489||-5.7||279||-11.2|
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