"We are very disappointed with Axis Bank's Q4FY18 results. Although it looks cheap on the valuation front as compared to other private sector peers but we would certainly avoid this counter," says Akash Jain, Vice-president, Equity Research at Ajcon Global Services.
We are very disappointed with Axis Bank's Q4FY18 results. Although it looks cheap on the valuation front as compared to other private sector peers but we would certainly avoid this counter.
We believe this result will not go well with street participants. The recent newsflow regarding surge in bad loans in CEO Shikha Sharma's tenure has already raised eyebrows. It all depends as to how the prospective new chief tackles the NPA problem and his strategy going forward to bring back o its past glory which seems difficult at the moment.
The Bank reported first ever quarterly loss since listing during the March quarter of the last fiscal on the back of three-fold increase in provisions. The third largest private sector lender posted a net loss at Rs 2,188.74 crore in the Q4FY18, as opposed to a net profit of Rs 1,225.10 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. Net profit for the financial year 2017-18 shrunk 93 per cent year-on-year (YoY) to end at Rs 276 crore.
The bank saw its provisions and contingencies increase to Rs 7,179.53 crore from Rs 2,581.25 crore seen during the quarter that ended on March 31, 2017, according to a regulatory filing by Axis Bank. The bank's Net Interest Income in the March quarter stood flat on YoY basis at Rs 4,730 crore, the statement added.
Axis Bank also skipped on distributing dividend due to the surprise loss in the March quarter. "After making mandatory appropriations to Statutory Reserve, Investment Reserve and Capital Reserve, no profits are available for distribution as dividend for the year ended March 31, 2018. Accordingly, no dividend has been recommended by the Board of Directors for the year ended March 31, 2018.
The asset quality of Axis Bank also worsened as its gross non-performing assets (NPAs) reached 6.77 percent during the fourth quarter of FY18. The same was at 5.28 percent in the December quarter last fiscal, and 5.04 percent in the corresponding period last year.
The private lender saw its net NPAs rise to 3.40 percent from 2.56 percent in the previous quarter and 2.11 percent in the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Axis Bank's gross NPAs stood at Rs 34,249 crore and its net NPAs at Rs 16,592 crore. Slippages for the quarter under review stood at Rs 16,536 crore, amounting to a four-time jump on YoY basis from Rs 4,811 crore during Q4FY17. More than Rs 13,900 core in new slippages came from corporate sector.
Slippages for the quarter nearly quadrupled year-on-year, with nearly Rs 13,900 crore of new slippages coming from the corporate sector with more than 80 percent of the slippages were from companies rated 'BB' and below.Disclaimer: The author is Vice-president, Equity Research at Ajcon Global Services. The views and investment tips expressed by investment experts on moneycontrol.com are their own, and not that of the website or its management. Moneycontrol.com advises users to check with certified experts before taking any investment decisions.