HDFC's Keki Mistry believes RBI is unlikely to reduce policy rates in its July policy. But higher current account deficit and free fall in the rupee's rate against the US dollar would weigh on the RBI's policy decisions, he says.
A small segment of our portfolio will get a lower risk weight, but a significant portion of our portfolio would be at a level which is lower than Rs 75 lakh
Vice-chairman & CEO
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is unlikely to reduce the policy rate in its July policy. However, the higher current account deficit coupled with the free fall in the rupee's rate against the US dollar would weigh on the RBI's policy decisions, said Keki Mistry, vice-chairman and CEO, HDFC - India's largest housing finance company.
"The benefits of rate cuts can be passed on if sufficient liquidity is available. Rate cut is not expected in RBI's policy," he told CNBC TV18 in an interview.
HDFC has already put in application to raise funds through external commercial borrowing (ECB) route. Last week, RBI had eased fund raising norms through ECB route for the low cost affordable housing projects. Both housing finance companies (HFCs) and developers are the direct beneficiaries.
A: Looking at the retail segment, the bulk of our loans is to people who are in the middle income segment. If you look at average loan size, for the year ended March 2013 it was about Rs 21.60 lakh. A reduction in the risk weight for loans above Rs 75 lakh does not give us direct benefit on all these loans. A small segment of our portfolio will get a lower risk weight, but a significant portion of our portfolio would be at a level which is lower than Rs 75 lakh.
Q: We got some research reports saying that 15 percent of your exposure is to categories in commercial real estate that are into housing. Is there any monetary amount that you can tell us in terms of relief?
A: It is not a question of freeing up any monetary amount. It frees up capital. If you look at our capital adequacy, our capital adequacy is frankly quite high. Our tier-1 capital on March 31 stood at 13.8 percent against the regulatory requirement of 6 percent. So the tier-1 capital will now move up because of this change from 13.8 percent by about 2.5-3 percent odd. So there is an increase in tier-1 capital because of the reduction in risk weight, but it does not result in a direct reduction in cost of funds for us.
HDFC stock price
On January 30, 2015, Housing Development Finance Corporation closed at Rs 1265.65, down Rs 43.9, or 3.35 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 1360.70 and the 52-week low was Rs 755.60.
The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 37.21 per share as per the quarter ended December 2014. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 34.01. The latest book value of the company is Rs 177.80 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 7.12.
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