IDFC FIRST Bank Q3 FY23 Profit After Tax up 115% YoY at Rs. 605 crore

Mumbai, January 21, 2023:

Financial results at a glance

The Board of Directors of IDFC FIRST Bank, in its meeting held today, approved the unaudited financial results for the quarter and the nine months ended December 31, 2022. The Bank continues to deliver a strong performance on all fronts including profitability (Q3 FY23 PAT at Rs. 605 crore, up 115% YOY), customer deposits (Rs. 1,23,578 crore, up 44% YOY, funded asset (Rs. 1,52,152 crore, up 25% YOY), capital adequacy at 16.06% (including profits) and asset quality {Gross NPA improved from 3.96% (31st Dec 21) to 2.96% (31st Dec 22), and Net NPA improved from 1.74% (31st Dec 21) to 1.03 % (31st Dec 22)}.

Deposits & Borrowings

·       Customer Deposits increased by 44% from Rs. 85,818 crore as of December 31, 2021 to Rs. 1,23,578 crore as of December 31, 2022.

·       CASA Deposits grew by 39% YoY from Rs. 47,859 crore as of December 31, 2021 to Rs. 66,498 crore

as of December 31, 2022.

·       CASA Ratio reduced from 51.6% as of December 31, 2021 to 50.0% as of December 31, 2022.

·       Retail deposits constitutes 77% of total customer deposits as of December 31, 2022.

·       Legacy High Cost Borrowings reduced from Rs. 26,163 crore as of December 31, 2021 to Rs. 18,762 crore as of December 31, 2022.

Funded Assets

·       Funded assets (including advances & credit substitutes) increased by 25% YoY from Rs. 1,21,419 crore as of 31 December 2021 to Rs. 1,52,152 crore as of December 31, 2022.

·       The Bank continues to wind down infrastructure financing as per stated strategy. Infrastructure financing reduced by 31% on a YoY basis and now constitutes only 3.7% of total funded assets as of December 31, 2022.

·       Exposure to top 20 single borrowers reduced from 11% as of December 31, 2021 to 7% as of December 31, 2022.

Assets Quality

·       The Bank’s retail and commercial credit portfolio, which is the majority part of the overall book, is highly diversified across over 20 lines of businesses. The Bank has stringent 10 step process for underwriting (customized by product categories). The key asset quality parameters including bounce rate, collection efficiency continue to improve resulting in improvements in SMA & NPA levels.

·       The bounce rate on first EMI presentation after loan booking, which is a direct indicator of incremental loan booking quality, has dropped by 34% as compared to pre-Covid level. This indicates that the incremental quality of loan bookings done by the bank is much improved, which indicates lower NPA creation in future.

·       Collection efficiency for urban retail business (excluding prepayments) in early bucket continues to remain high at 99.6%.

·       In retail & commercial business, the GNPA has improved to 1.87% and NNPA has improved to 0.70% as of December 31, 2022, as compared to GNPA of 2.92% and NNPA of 1.28% as of December 31, 2021.

·       SMA-1 and SMA-2 (31-90 DPD which is the pre-NPA stage) in retail and commercial portfolio has reduced from 3.3% as of December 31, 2021 to 1.0% as of December 31, 2022.

·       At the overall bank level, the GNPA of the bank has improved to 2.96% and NNPA of the bank has improved to 1.03% as of December 31, 2022 as compared to GNPA of 3.96% and NNPA of 1.74% as of December 31, 2021.

·       Excluding the infrastructure financing book which the Bank is running down, the GNPA and NNPA of the Bank would have been 2.11% and 0.60% respectively as of December 31, 2022.

·       At the overall bank level, the provision coverage ratio of the bank has increased to 76.60% as of December 31, 2022 from 67.16% as of December 31, 2021.

Profitability

·       Net Profit for 9M-FY23 increased to Rs. 1,635 crore from Net loss of Rs. 197 crore in 9M-FY22.

·       Net Profit for Q3-FY23 grew 115% YOY from Rs. 281 crore in Q3-FY22 to Rs. 605 crore in Q3-FY23 driven by strong growth in core operating income.

·       Net Interest Income (NII) grew 27% YOY from Rs2,580 crore in Q3-FY22 to Rs. 3,285 crore in Q3- FY23.

·       Fee and Other Income grew by 50% YoY from Rs744 crore in Q3-FY22 to Rs. 1,117 crore in Q3-FY23.

·       Retail fees constitutes 91% of the overall fees for the quarter Q3-FY23.

·       While the Core Operating Income (NII plus Fees, excluding trading gains) grew 32% from Rs3,324 crore in Q3-FY22 to Rs. 4,402 crore in Q3-FY23, the Operating Expense grew slower than income growth at only 23% YoY from Rs2,579 crore in Q3-FY22 to Rs. 3,177 crore in Q3-FY23, thus resulting in improved operating leverage.

·       Consequently, the Core Operating Profit (excluding trading gains) grew strongly by 64% YOY from

Rs. 745 crore in Q3-FY22 to Rs. 1,225 crore for the quarter Q3-FY23.

·       Provisions increased 15% YOY from Rs. 392 crore in Q3-FY22 to Rs. 450 crore in Q3-FY23.

·       The credit cost (quarterly annualized) as % of average funded assets for Q3-FY23 was 1.2%. For 9M- FY23, the annualized credit cost was 1.1% against the provided guidance of 1.5% for FY23.

·       The RoA (annualized) improved from 0.64% in Q3-FY22 to 1.11% in Q3-FY23

·       The RoE (annualized) improved from 5.44% in Q3-FY22 to 10.72% in Q3-FY23.

Capital Position & Liquidity

·       Capital Adequacy (including profits for 9M FY23) of the Bank was strong at 16.06% with CET-1 Ratio at 13.49% as on December 31, 2022.

·       Average LCR was strong at 122% for the quarter ending on December 31, 2022.

Comments from Managing Director & CEO

Mr. V Vaidyanathan, Managing Director and CEO, IDFC FIRST Bank, said, “We are happy to state that we have now built a strong foundation for the bank with CASA ratio at 50% and strong retail deposit franchise contributing 77% of the overall customer deposits. The deposit franchise continues to grow strong at the bank based on our customer friendly products & services, excellent customer service, strong brand known for corporate governance, ethics and digital innovations. We are now confident of growing our loan book in a stable manner on this strong platform.

We are happy to share that our asset quality continues to remain strong. On the retail side, where our Bank particularly specializes in, the Gross NPA has come down to 1.87% and the Net NPA has come down to 0.70%, against the guidance of GNPA and Net NPA of 2.0% and 1.0% respectively.

Even at the overall bank level, both the Gross and Net NPA improved to 2.96% and 1.03% respectively from 3.96% and 1.74% last year same time. We are confident that our improvement trend would continue going forward as the issues on legacy wholesale book, especially in infrastructure finance, are addressed and the book continue to run down.

We are happy to state that we have registered our highest ever profit of Rs. 605 crore in Q3-FY23 and our return on equity has now moved firmly into double digits.

We thank all our stakeholders for the confidence and supported us during the last many years and we believe we are all set to deliver strong financial performance from here on. We continue to focus on building a strong culture of customer friendliness, customer service ethics and high levels of corporate governance in the bank in terms of our customer practices.”

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