Personal finance Wednesday

Kotak Mahindra Bank hikes term deposit rates by up 25 bps; UTI Mastershare declares 24th consecutive dividend; SBI Life launches SMS-based customer care services; BNP Paribas MF launches BNP Paribas Fixed Term Fund-Series 19 D; IDFC Mutual Fund unveils IDFC Fixed Maturity Plan-Half Yearly Series 12; Kotak Mahindra MF introduces Kotak FMP 15M Series 6; BNP Paribas MF floats BNP Paribas Fixed Term Fund-Series 19 D

Kotak Mahindra Bank hikes term deposit rates by up 25 bps

Kotak Mahindra Bank hiked its base rate by 25 basis points to 7.75% for the second time since July 2010 when the new base rate regime was introduced. Senior citizens will enjoy additional 50 basis points across maturities.

KVS Manian, group head, consumer banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank said, "The increase in lending rates is reflective of the higher cost of borrowing. Recently, we have hiked our deposit rates to the tune of 25 basis points across some maturities.
 
This has resulted in higher cost of funds." Manian said the loan book was unlikely to be impacted by the rate hike. "The home loan segment, which is linked to the base rate could see some impact but there is enough demand in the market."

UTI Mastershare declares 24th consecutive dividend

UTI Mastershare declares tax free dividend of 30% (Rs3 per unit on a face value of Rs10) i.e. dividend of 27.5% for the year and additional dividend of 2.5% for ensuing the silver jubilee year of the scheme. The record date for the dividend is 15 November 2010.

Pursuant to the payment of dividend, the net asset value (NAV) of the dividend option of the scheme would fall to the extent of payout and statutory levy if any. The NAV per unit as on 9 November 2010 was Rs34.93 under the dividend option.

All unitholders registered under the dividend option of UTI Mastershare as on 15 November 2010 will be eligible for this dividend. Also investors who join the dividend option of the scheme on or before the record date will be eligible for the dividend.

UTI Mastershare is the first diversified equity scheme of the country. The scheme is entering its 25th year of existence and is trusted by more than 6,58,000 investors.

UTI Mastershare is a large cap oriented fund that invests, in a well diversified portfolio of fundamentally strong companies and avoids sector and stock concentration.

UTI Mastershare is an equity-oriented scheme, which aims to provide unitholders the benefits of capital appreciation and income distribution through investment in equity/equity-related instruments, fully convertible bonds/debenture of companies.

 SBI Life launches SMS-based customer care services 

SBI Life Insurance launched SMS-based initiative called 'SMS Solve' to effectively address the grievances of customers.

Customers can register their grievances about SBI Life services by sending an SMS Solve to 56161.

The message along with customers' mobile number, date and time of message is automatically registered at the central server of SBI Life's central processing centre, which are then handled by trained customer care executives from the V care cell.        

Customers will also get a follow up call after serving of their problem and sent a message intimating the closure of the request.

BNP Paribas MF launches BNP Paribas Fixed Term Fund-Series 19 D

BNP Paribas Mutual Fund has launched BNP Paribas Fixed Term Fund-Series 19 D, a close-ended income scheme.

The investment objective of the scheme would be to achieve growth of capital through investments made in a basket of fixed-income securities maturing on or before the maturity of the scheme.

During the new fund offer (NFO), the units will be offered at face value of Rs10 per unit. The NFO opens on 10th November and closes on 15th November. The exit load for the scheme is nil. The minimum investment amount is Rs5,000.
CRISIL Short Term Bond Fund Index is the benchmark index. The scheme will be managed by Alok Singh.

IDFC Mutual Fund unveils IDFC Fixed Maturity Plan-Half Yearly Series 12

IDFC Mutual Fund unveils IDFC Fixed Maturity Plan-Half Yearly Series 12, a close-ended scheme.The primary objective of the scheme is to generate income by investing in a portfolio of debt and money-market instruments maturing before the maturity of the scheme.During the new fund offer (NFO), the units will be offered at face value of Rs10 per unit. The NFO opens on 10th November and closes on 11th November. The exit load for the scheme is nil.

The minimum investment amount is Rs10,000.CRISIL Composite Bond Fund Index is the benchmark index. Anupam Joshi is the fund manager.

Kotak Mahindra MF introduces Kotak FMP 15M Series 6

Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund has introduced Kotak FMP 15M Series 6, a close-ended income scheme.

The investment objective of the scheme is to generate returns through investments in debt and money market instruments with a view to significantly reduce the interest rate risk.

During the new fund offer (NFO), the units will be offered at face value of Rs10 per unit. The NFO opens on 10th November and closes on 15th November. The exit load for the scheme is nil. The minimum investment amount is Rs5,000.
CRISIL Short Term Bond Index is the benchmark index. Deepak Agarwal and Abhishek Bisen are the fund managers for the scheme.

BNP Paribas MF floats BNP Paribas Fixed Term Fund-Series 19 D

BNP Paribas Mutual Fund has launched BNP Paribas Fixed Term Fund-Series 19 D, a close-ended income scheme.

The investment objective of the scheme would be to achieve growth of capital through investments made in a basket of fixed income securities maturing on or before the maturity of the scheme.

During the new fund offer (NFO), the units will be offered at face value of Rs10 per unit. The NFO opens on 10th November and closes on 15th November. The exit load for the scheme is nil. The minimum investment amount is Rs5,000.
CRISIL Short Term Bond Fund Index is the benchmark index. Alok Singh is the fund manager.
 

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CAG submits report on 2G spectrum to the government

New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) today said it has submitted to the government the report on the second generation (2G) spectrum allotment that may have caused a loss of over Rs1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer, reports PTI.

“Yes, we have submitted the final report to the government. I cannot disclose the findings of the report. It is up to the government when it will be tabled in the Parliament... may be within a fortnight or it may take long,” Vinod Rai, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India told reporters here.
Sources in the know say that the CAG has accused the telecom ministry for undervaluing 2G spectrum, sold to new players in 2008, and held that the allotment price was not realistic, which has caused a revenue loss of Rs1,76,700 crore to the government.

The report is understood to have named telecom minister A Raja for taking arbitrary decision while allotting 2G spectrum, bundled with licences in January 2008.

They said a copy of the report has been sent to the finance ministry and to the president. The process usually takes 10-15 days to finalise and then it would be tabled in the Parliament. The month long winter session of the Parliament began on 9th November.
Nine firms were issued licences, bundled with start up of 2G spectrum, in January 2008 at Rs1,658 crore for pan-India operations.

The CAG report said the price at which the spectrum was allotted in 2008 was based on 2001 prices, which was quite low and has resulted in a loss to the government exchequer.

The report also said that Mr Raja ignored the advice of the law ministry and prime minister and advanced the cut off date for giving the Letter of Intent (LoI).

The telecom ministry had, however, hit at the CAG saying the policy decisions cannot be “assailed” as arbitrary and debunked CAG's assertion that 2G spectrum was allocated in an arbitrary manner.

“Decisions (on spectrum) taken on the basis of New Telecom Policy of 1999 and the Cabinet decision of 2003, coupled with periodic and respective TRAI’s recommendations.

“(This) cannot be assailed by the audit as arbitrary or cause of exchequer loss until and unless the entire policy devised with legislative backing is changed or modified by the same authorities concerned,” DoT had said in its reply to the Comptroller and Auditor General.

CAG has reportedly put the revenue loss to exchequer at up to Rs1.40 lakh crore, in addition to another Rs36,700 crore on allocation of spectrum beyond contractual limit to existing nine operators.

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Brokers divided on SBI’s results, not everybody negative

Opinions seem divided — while some believe the dip is a buying opportunity, others remain firmly negative

CLSA said, "SBI's healthy operating profit growth once again failed to feed through to net profit level as loan loss provisions continued to rise because of which net profit has been around Rs25 billion for the past nine quarters. SBI continues to leverage its size and technology platform to build its deposit franchise, grow fee revenues, but asset quality remains a drag and, in our view, will remain so for the next few quarters. At 15%, RoEs are lower than peers while valuations are at premium."

Kotak's view is more optimistic: "Slippages continued to remain high (at Rs44 billion, 2.7%) and were somewhat disappointing resulting in higher provisions and lower profits. We expect the stock price to correct in the near term, as result expectations were running high coupled with a very strong price performance in recent times. Retain positive view. Stock trades at 2x FY2012E PBR for core banking business. BUY with a TP of Rs 3,500."

Motilal seconds Kotak's optimism: "Adjusted for life insurance valuation, SBI trades at 1.9x FY12E Consol BV of Rs1,656 and 11.1x FY12E Consol EPS of Rs282. Standalone RoE will be 18.5% in FY12E. Given the sharp run-up up over the past few days and below-estimated earnings, the stock is likely to correct in the very near term. We see this as a buying opportunity and are bullish on core operating profitability. Maintain Buy."

Edelweiss downgraded the stock saying, "Asset quality woes continue, showing up in higher-than-expected slippages and management's guidance for higher-than-average slippages over the next few quarters. After adjusting for subsidiaries' valuation of INR 229, the stock is currently trading at 1.9x FY12E adjusted (cons.) book, leaving limited upside. Hence, we are downgrading our recommendation and rating on the stock from 'BUY' to 'HOLD'."

The main problem with SBI's results is the lack of profit growth. As CLSA puts it, "Net profit has remained around Rs25 billion for nine quarters, primarily due to sharp rise in provisions (Rs26 billion now v/s Rs6 billion in 2QFY09). Every quarter has some 'one-offs' (pension provisions, treasury gain/loss, interest on income-tax refunds etc) but the end result is same - flat net profit." This has led to a sharp contraction in RoE which is now at 15% versus around 18% for peers.

Other perceived negatives include annualised delinquency ratio at +3%, amongst the highest in the sector, the SBI chairman's statement that slippages will remain high in coming quarters, and the possibility that loan-loss provisions will remain high for a few more quarters. SBI also has a longer duration of bonds in the available for sale book (2.8 years), making it vulnerable to rising bond yields.

Key positives are CASA growth at 28%, fee income growth, and rising NIMs. Focus on shedding bulk deposits and excess liquidity in the balance sheet is also viewed as a long-term positive.

SBI shares have fallen after it declared its Q2 results seen by most market observers as disappointing.



The stock hit an all-time high of Rs3,515 on 8 November 2010.

(This article is based on secondary research. The report is for information only. None of the stock information, data and company information presented herein constitutes a recommendation or solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any securities. Investors must do their own research and due diligence before acting on any security. Some of the opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and may not necessarily represent those of Moneylife).

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