Over the last few months the stock prices of Housing Finance companies (HFCs) have corrected a lot with some of the stocks down more than 40-60%.
Even one of our recommendations Can Fin Homes (NSE: CANFINHOME) is down more than 50%; however the beauty of investing in stocks is that despite the stock being down more than 50% from its all time high, it is still up ~800% in 5 years from our recommendation price of Rs 31.
800% in 5 years amounts to 50% annualized return (CAGR) and mind you this is after more than 50% drop in stock price. Basically, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that investments made during bad times end up delivering humongous returns in long run and 2013 was a bad period just like 2018.
Coming back to the moot question, whether is this the right time to have a re-look at housing finance companies?
Well, it all depends on the company one is looking at.
In our view, retail loan focused companies with strong parentage will probably come out unscathed from the current turmoil. The companies that will probably suffer are the ones that have high quantum of loans to developers because such loans generally have a moratorium period and even though there might be a default brewing it doesn’t normally reflect in the books of the housing finance companies.
Strong parentage is another important requisite because that kind of opens up credit line from the banks and it is especially important in the current scenario because the market borrowings (Commercial paper, NCDs, etc) have dried up a bit.
As far as Can Fin Homes is concerned, it recently declared its Sep’18 results and as per the management the business continues to be normal for them and unlike some of the other HFCs they are not facing any liquidity issues. They also continue to have very strong credit line from banks. Further, with 90% of the loan book from housing segment and that too largely from LIG (lower income group) and lower MIG segment, they are not facing any major issues on asset quality front. In fact, on sequential basis they have been able to improve their asset quality marginally.
Further, going forward the growth in loan book could be better as they are expecting lower run downs in the loan book with other companies facing liquidity issues. Over the last few quarters the competitive intensity had increased substantially with borrowers shifting to other companies offering lower rates; however in the light of the recent liquidity issue with several housing finance companies the management is expecting lower competitive intensity and thereby lower run-downs.
Overall, we believe, due to the strong parentage of Canara Bank and focus on retail loans, the company isn’t likely to default; while there could be some margin squeeze in the short term. We also believe that competitive intensity in the industry could go down and better managed companies will emerge stronger.
Currently, we have a neutral rating on the stock. We may consider upgrading the stock to positive depending on how the situation pans out over the next few quarters.
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Positive – Expected return of ~15% + on annualized basis in medium to long term for investment recommendations and in short term for Special situations
Neutral – Expected Absolute return in the range of +/- 15%
Negative – Expected Absolute return of over -15%
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