Broking firm Motilal Oswal has placed a buy call on India's largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), with a 33% upside on the stock. Here are some of the reasons to buy the stock according to the broking firm.
SBI: Stock to gains 33% from current levels
The brokerage said that the bank reported a steady quarter, with an earnings beat of 12% on some of its own parameters. This was aided by controlled provisions despite a challenging environment. Core operating performance was in-line.
|Current market price||Rs 445|
"Asset quality ratios deteriorated marginally on elevated slippage in Retail/SME. However, the management clarified that slippage worth Rs 48 billion has already been recovered/upgraded in July'21. Furthermore, the total restructured book remained in check, while SMA 1/2 (exposure of >Rs 50 million) was stable QoQ at Rs 113 billion (0.5% of loans)," the brokerage has said.
SBI: Controlled provisions led to better earnings
State Bank of India reported first quarter profits for FY22 of Rs 65 billion (55% YoY growth; 12% above estimate), aided by lower provisions (20% YoY decline) v/s Motilal Oswa's own estimates. Net Interest Income growth was weak at 3.7% YoY (4% miss), with domestic Net Interest Income up 4 basis points QoQ to 3.15%.
Motilal Oswal Financial estimates for State Bank of India (in billion)
|FY 2022||FY 2023|
|Net Interest Income||Rs 1,201.1||Rs 1,382.1|
|Net profit||Rs 320||Rs 412|
|EPS||Rs 35.9||Rs 46.2|
|Price to book value||1.4 times||1.2 times|
Why Motilal Oswal has a buy on the stock of SBI?
Asset quality ratios deteriorated marginally on elevated slippage in Retail/SME. According to Motilal Oswal, the management clarified that slippage worth Rs 48 billion has already been recovered/upgraded in July'21. Furthermore, the total restructured book remained in check, while SMA 1/2 (exposure of Rs 50 million) was stable QoQ at Rs 113 billion (0.5% of loans)
According to the brokerage, the bank is gaining momentum in earnings every quarter. "Thus, we estimate SBI to deliver FY22/FY23 Return on Equity of 13.1%/14.6%, even as we build in credit cost of 1.6%/1.3% for FY22E/FY23E. Maintain BUY, with revised price target of Rs 600," the brokerage has said.
Other brokerages too have a buy on the stock
Some other brokerages like Goldman Sachs, CLSA etc., too have maintained buy on the stock.
CLSA has maintained buy call after the bank reported a solid performance and continued to deliver on asset quality.
"The Net Interest Income was a miss driven by yield pressure & a lack of growth. PpoP/net profits estimates cut by 1-3% and expect the bank to deliver a 14% Return on Equity in FY22 & 15% from FY23," it said.
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