LKP Research in its recent report recommends "Buy" the Central Bank Of India for a target price of Rs 37 apiece. The brokerage's given target price claims a potential upside of 32% if the stock is purchased at the present market price. Central Bank of India is a PSU commercial bank. It is a mid cap bank having a market capitalisation of Rs 24,436.84 crore. Below are the key takeaways from the report:
Stock Outlook & Returns
The Central Bank of India's stock last traded at Rs 28.15 apiece on NSE, gaining 6.83% as compared to its previous close. The stock is trading near its 52 week high, 2.26% down. It recorded its 52-week high on 7 December 2022 at Rs 28.80. Its 52-week low was recorded on 1 July 2022 at Rs 16.25.
The stock in the past 1 week has given 14.66% positive returns. It has given 24.56% positive returns in 1 month and 37.99% positive returns in 3 months, respectively. In 6 months, it gave 55.96% positive return. In the past 1 year, it has given 30.02% positive returns. In the past 3 years, it has given 42.89% positive returns In the past 5 years, it has given 64.14% negative returns.
Asset quality improvement continues
The absolute GNPA is decreasing gradually with lower slippages and higher recoveries. In previous quarter, slippages dropped sharply to Rs7.7bn (v/s Rs20.4b in 1QFY23) while higher recoveries and upgrades along with robust loan growth aided 520bp/90bp decline in the GNPA/NNPA ratios, respectively. PCR (Inc. TWO) improved 260bps sequentially to 89.2%. Total SMA overdue (1/2) are improving and dipped to 3.3% from 4.9% in 2QFY22. Further, the bank's restructured book (4%) is at par with peers and declining gradually. Factoring higher recoveries, we estimate the GNPA/ NNPA ratio at 8.9%/2.5% at the end of FY23 with a stable PCR (calculated) of 74%.
Business growth on track; margin improving
On the business front, the bank has been reporting consistent credit growth with improving CD ratio. Recent quarter reported a sharp 18% YoY and 6.2% sequential growth in loan book driven by the RAM segment (67.5% of loan book) and guided for double-digit advances growth. The surplus SLR (30% of deposit) against the regulatory requirement of 18% may provide additional resources for lending.
Buy for a target price of Rs 37/share
After incurring losses for six consecutive years (FY16-FY21), Central Bank returned to profitability in FY22. Furthermore, the bank has been reporting consistent growth in net profit since last six quarters. A bulky provision (Rs30.8bn) made in 4QFY21, continued to safeguard the balance sheet with PCR (calculated) of 72% and PCR (including TWO) of 89%. The bank's margin (3.4% in the 2QFY23) is in upward trajectory with continuous improvement in CD ratio. On the business front, the bank has been reporting stable credit growth (18.1% YoY and 6.3% sequential jump seen in previous quarter) across segments. The bank's recoveries are in line with the guidance and we expect the credit cost to be below 1.5% for FY23E. Moreover, the bank has raised capital in FY22 which resulted in the CET -1 of 11.6% (at par). We believe the asset quality hurdles are behind and the bank shall witness gradual improvement in profitability with FY23E ROA/ROE of 0.5%/6.6%. With inexpensive valuation (0.8x PBVPS) we recommend BUY.
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