Magma Fincorp to bounce back in new financial year

Bangalore , 11th May 2017: Q4FY 17 and FY17 was a watershed quarter and year for Magma Fincorp Ltd with substantial cleanup of the old NPAs and launch of many new initiatives under a new and stronger leadership team. With this, the company is confident of a much superior performance in FY18.

FY17, especially the latter half of the year was characterized by extraordinary impacts of demonetization and of NPA sale by the company. While it has impacted the profitability for the year as a whole, the company has emerged much stronger with a healthier Balance Sheet as on 1st April 2017. 

Magma during April 2017 also shifted the corporate office to Mumbai and now the leadership team operates out of the new office located at the heart of the financial capital of India. This will lead to much better coordination and collaboration and permit better interface with the industry players and OEMs. 

Asset Backed Finance (ABF) business under its new leadership has taken many initiatives to return to the path of healthy growth with clear focus on portfolio quality. Several initiatives have been launched in the areas of business origination, underwriting, receivables management, and hygiene and efficiency enhancement. With these initiatives, Magma expects ABF business to register a superior performance in FY18. 

In the Mortgages business, the company made a significant transition to lower ticket loans in FY17. With this transition being completed now, the company expects steady growth in the business going forward. The push to affordable housing by the Government of India will further boost company’s current housing strategy. 

SME continued to remain a bright spot for the Company. With better yields and lower credit cost, Expansion of SME business to tier 2/3 towns from existing Magma branches, new product launches and direct sourcing from existing client base will further bolster SME performance. 

Magma’s insurance business too has turned the corner in FY17.  With the entire leadership team based out of its Head office in Mumbai, MHDI is looking forward to a healthy growth in FY18 by launching new products and servicing the customers and agents through tech-enabled platforms in a cost-efficient manner. 

Q4 FY17 performance:

In Q4, FY17 Magma reported aloss of Rs 122 crore and a lower profit of Rs 13 crore for FY17.  Loss onaccount of NPA sale of Rs 678 crores impacted the PAT by Rs 145 crore. However,the gross and net NPA ratios improved sharply to 6.7% and 5.6% respectively ason 31 March 2017 against 9.9% and 7.5% as on 31 December 2016. 

The company reportedimprovement in its Net interest margin (NIM) during current quarter to 7.6%compared to 7.5% in corresponding quarter last year. Similarly, the NIM forFY17 improved to 7.4% compared to 7% in FY16. Decline in cost of funds andcompany’s focus on better yielding products such as used asset, SME andtractors led to this margin expansion. 

The company also reportedcollection efficiency of 102% in Q4FY17 compared to 90% in Q3FY17 reflectingsignificant improvement in portfolio performance. However, weak primary demandand the company’s cautious approach immediately after demonetization led tolower disbursement in Q4 FY17,declining 21% yoy and 12% QoQ.  Assets undermanagement (AUM) as on 31st March 2017 stood at Rs 16,101cr which is 11% loweryoy due to lower disbursements and sale of NPAs. 

Commenting on thecompany’s performance, Mr. Sanjay Chamria, Vice Chairman and ManagingDirector, Magma Fincorp Limited said, “FY17 was a defining year forMagma. We disposed off our entire hard bucket NPAs and took several initiativesto embark on a profitable growth path in FY18. 

While the company reportedloss in Q4 FY17 and a marginal profit for the year, however, on the positiveside, we continued to improve our NIMs, which for the quarter stood at 7.6% andfor FY17 at 7.4%. Our collection efficiency at 102% also improved sharplycompared to the last quarter.

 The worst withrespect to NPAs now firmly behind us. With a healthier balance sheet and agrowth strategy in place, we are confident of a better performance goingforward.’ added Mr Chamria.

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