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RBL Bank Ltd Research Report - 31st Aug 2016

Banking | Published on Aug 31st 2016


Strong management team & focused approach to drive growth: The new Management led by MD & CEO Mr Vishwavir Ahuja which took charge in 2010 has been instrumental in the outstanding growth of the bank over the years, wherein the bank transformed itself from being a traditional bank to a new age bank. RBL has been largely focusing on funding working capital to large and midsized corporates. It has recently ventured into retail lending by buying out the credit card business of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and has been expanding its retail business by introducing other new retail-centric products. Expect 33% CAGR in loan book over FY2016-18: Over FY2012-16, RBL has expanded its loan book at a CAGR of 50%. With increasing size of its balance sheet, we believe it will still be able to grow at a CAGR of ~33% over FY2016-18. Large and mid-sized corporates form 39% and 21% of the loan book, respectively; while retail and the high yielding MFI segment account for 17% and 15% of the book. We expect strong growth from all the segments going ahead. Growth without a compromise in asset quality is likely to be the business mantra: While the new Management has been aggressive in growth, it has also put in place an efficient risk management system which has led to GNPAs being contained below 1% in the last four years. For FY2016, GNPAs at 0.98% and NNPAs at 0.59% are very much comparable to that of new age private sector banks. Avoiding loans to long gestation projects has helped the bank in maintaining superior asset quality and we believe the same is sustainable provided it continues to maintain a conservative approach towards the segment. Reduction in cost/income (C/I) & improvement in CASA should be ROE accretive: A 2x rise in branches and 3x rise in employee count over the past few years have kept the cost structure high for the bank. Front loading of investments resulted in C/I going upto 70% in FY14, which is down to 58% in FY16, we see further scope for cost rationalization. Also, the bank’s CASA base at ~18.5% is still low and we see that improving to 22% by FY18 end. While we have not factored in major improvement in NIM, there is scope for that in the years to come. ROE is expected to see a 200bp improvement over FY2018, backed by lower cost structure and increasing fee income. Outlook & Valuations: Currently the stock is valued at 2.3x its FY2018E BV of `130; this we feel is quite attractive given the growth prospects of the bank. Changing business mix & stable credit cost are expected to lead to a predictable earnings growth. While the ROE improvement could be gradual, we believe absolute growth in earnings could accelerate going ahead. RBL in our view has all the ingredients to become a multi-year growth story with a stable asset quality. Keeping this in mind we feel the stock should be valued at 2.5x its FY2018E BV. We recommend ACCUMULATE on the stock with a target price of Rs325.

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CMP 300
Target Price 325
Investment Period12 Months

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