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  • L&T Finance Holdings Ltd. (LTFH) announces financial results for Q3FY21

    Published on January 16, 2021

    Strong economic recovery across sectors led by Rural and Infrastructure: Highest quarterly disbursements since Q1FY20, up by 51% QoQ; Highest quarterly disbursement in Farm Equipment and Two-Wheeler Finance since FY17

    o    Farm Equipment disbursements up 43% QoQ at Rs. 1,554 Cr in Q3FY21 (vs. Rs. 1,089 Cr in Q2FY21)

    o    Two-Wheeler disbursements up 50% QoQ at Rs. 1,652 Cr in Q3FY21 (vs. Rs. 1,102 Cr in Q2FY21)

    ·         Increase in NIMs + Fees to 7.39%, led by highest quarterly fees & other income in Rural, outcome of judicious treasury management and abundant market liquidity which led to a reduction in cost of borrowing

    ·         Significant reduction in cost of borrowing by 50bps QoQ (from 8.32% in Q2FY21 to 7.82% in Q3FY21)

    ·         YoY reduction in GS3 from 5.94% to 5.12% (vs 5.19% in Q2FY21); NS3 reduced from 2.67% to 1.92% YoY (vs. 1.67% in Q2FY21)

    ·         PAT in Q3FY21 saw a 10% increase over Q2FY21 and stood at Rs. 291 Cr

    ·         Continue to carry additional provisions (over and above PCR and standard asset provisions) of Rs 1,739 Cr (1.90%) on standard book as of Q3FY21

    ·         Rated AAA by CRISIL, ICRA, CARE and India Ratings

    New Delhi: The Board of L&T Finance Holdings (LTFH), a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC), present in lending businesses including Rural, Housing and Infrastructure finance, today announced the financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

    LTFH is a market leader in Farm Equipment finance, and among the top five financiers in Two-Wheeler finance, number three financier in Micro Loans and one of the leading players in financing of Infrastructure sectors like renewables and roads. With a sustainable business model, data analytics led collection and disbursements, and a sharp focus on asset quality, the company remains committed to building a stable and sustainable organization for its consumers and other stakeholders.

    Commenting on the financial results Mr. Dinanath Dubhashi, Managing Director & CEO, LTFH, said, “Post Covid, the rural economy has performed better than urban and this trend is reflected in our disbursements, which are almost at pre-covid levels. The festive season uptick and a steady recovery in collection volumes also underline our rural performance. Our strong performance in Infra disbursements should be seen alongside the sell-down volumes, which have increased on a YoY basis. It allows us to generate more fee income while proportionately reduces the need for allocating higher capital.”

     Key Highlights of Q3FY21:

    The quarter saw a strong economic recovery across sectors led by rural and infrastructure. Higher farmer income, positive rural sentiment, combined with the festive season helped maintain market share in farm equipment and two-wheeler finance. 

    A.            Disbursements: The company witnessed excellent pick-up in disbursements across businesses and has achieved highest quarterly disbursement since Q1FY20.

    ·         Rural Finance: The quarter witnessed steady QoQ & YoY improvements in disbursements across Farm Equipment Finance and Two-Wheeler Finance.

    a.   Farm Equipment Finance: Disbursements grew at 43% QoQ (13% YoY), which was the highest quarterly disbursement since FY17. It witnessed increased business from top dealers on the back of strengthened Trade Advance (TA) proposition

    b.  Two-Wheeler Finance: Disbursement growth was at 50% QoQ (10% YoY) and the business continues to see growth momentum

    c.   Micro Loans (ML): Strong pickup in ML disbursements QoQ, up 53%, owing to improved collection efficiency. However, disbursements were down 19% YoY as focus remained on existing customers

    ·         Housing Finance: 

    a.     The Home Loan business which is focused largely on the salaried segment and direct sourcing, witnessed moderate pickup in disbursements. Home loans to the salaried segment constituted 94% of Q3FY21 disbursements, standing at approx. 93% of Q3FY20 levels

    b.    Real Estate: Continued to be selective in disbursements with focus on providing support to existing projects to ensure project completion

    ·         Infrastructure Finance: Highest quarterly disbursement since Q1FY19. The business continues to maintain strong emphasis on portfolio monitoring and disbursement focus towards existing projects completion.

    B.        Liquidity: Astute treasury management and abundant market liquidity has helped in reducing cost of borrowing, leading to increase in NIMs + Fees to reach 7.39%

    • Reduction in cost of borrowing by 50bps QoQ (from 8.32% in Q2FY21 to 7.82% in Q3FY21)
    • Maintained lower average liquid assets during the quarter 
    • Prepayment for high cost borrowing and renegotiation of interest rates 

    AAA rating and strong parentage has helped LTFH bring down the cost of funds this quarter. As of December 2020, the company maintained Rs. 16,442 Cr of liquidity including assets in the form of cash, FDs and other liquid investments of Rs. 7,709 Cr

    C.             Highest Credit Ratings: A diversified business presence, strategic importance to L&T, strong resource raising ability and adequate capitalization resulted in LTFH and all its lending subsidiaries’ long-term ratings rated ‘AAA’ by all four rating agencies:

    a.             CRISIL – May 2020 and in December 2020

    b.            CARE – October 2020

    c.             India Ratings – September 2020

    d.            ICRA – September 2020

    D.             Balance Sheet:  LTFH continues to maintain a strong capital adequacy of 21.82%.  Furthermore, the ongoing traction in our analytics-based collection efforts augurs well with our objective of building a strong balance sheet.

    The Gross Stage 3 assets of the company stood at 5.12% in Q3FY21 of its book, showing a reduction of 82bps YoY. The company also strengthened the PCR on Stage 3 assets from 57% in Q3FY20 to 64% in Q3FY21.

    As a prudent measure, LTFH continues to carry the additional provisions of Rs. 1,739 Cr in Q3FY21. This is on account of macro prudential provisions, COVID-19 and accelerated Expected Credit Losses (ECL) provisions on Stage 1 & 2 assets, which are over and above the ECL model on GS3 and Stage 1 & 2 assets.

    E.       Focused Lending Book: Within the focused lending book, the Rural Finance book grew by 4% YoY, aided by growth in Farm Equipment Finance book by 18%, and the Two-Wheeler Finance book by 9%. The Home Loan segment grew by 3% YoY.

    Rs. CrQ3FY20Q3FY21Book Growth (%)
    Focused Lending Business
    Rural Finance27,59428,8284
    Housing Finance26,68926,174(2)
    Infrastructure Finance39,67441,4564
    Total Focused Book93,95696,4593
    Defocused Businesses5,4973,640(34)
    Total Lending Book99,4531,00,0991

    The Average Assets under Management (AAUM) of the Investment Management business stood at Rs.68,976 Cr in Q3FY21. The AUM for Equity and Fixed Income asset classes as on 31December 2020 stood at Rs. 38,906 Cr and Rs. 22,483 Cr, with a growth of 9% and 20%, respectively, QoQ basis.

    Financial Performance:

    LTFH is focused on leveraging the power of data and analytics to build a ‘collection-led disbursement’ model, which, along with economic recovery in the rural segment, has led to a significant improvement in collection efficiency and a strong pickup in disbursements (QoQ). The sentiment continues to remain positive in the rural sector. 

    The company posted a consolidated PAT of Rs. 291 Cr in Q3FY21, a 10% increase QoQ, from Rs. 265 Cr in Q2FY21

    ·         PAT in Q3FY21 saw a 51% reduction YoY, from Rs. 591 Cr in Q3FY20

    ·         NIMs + Fees at 7.39% (Q3FY21) vs 7.29% (Q3FY20), highest ever since FY17

    ·         Reduction in GS3 from 5.94% to 5.12% YoY; NS3 reduced from 2.67% to 1.92% YoY; Increase in PCR from 57% to 64% YoY

    ·         The cost of funds has gone down by nearly 50 bps for the entire book from 8.32% in Q2FY21 to 7.82% in Q3FY21

    Mr. Dubhashi further added, “In the long term, structural changes such as government initiatives, normal monsoons and better infrastructure will continue to improve financial health in rural. We will maintain focus on capitalizing on our market leadership position in Farm Equipment and Two-Wheeler Finance to drive business volumes.”