Total income rose by 38 percent to Rs 9,283 crore during the June quarter as against Rs 6,743 crore in the corresponding quarter last year, Bajaj Finance said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.
“Customer franchise stood at 6.03 crore as of June 30, 2022, as compared to 5.05 crore as of June 30, 2021, a growth of 20 percent. The company recorded the highest ever quarterly increase in its customer franchise of 27.3 lakh in Q1 FY23,” it said.
Assets Under Management (AUM) rose by 30 percent to Rs 2,04,018 crore at the end of June 2022 from Rs 1,59,057 crore in the previous year. The NBFC arm of the Bajaj group said its loan losses and provisions for the quarter came down at Rs 755 crore as against Rs 1,750 crore last fiscal.
The consolidated earnings include results from subsidiaries — Bajaj Housing Finance and Bajaj Financial Securities.
“On April 7, 2022, the company has invested a number of Rs 2,500 crore in Bajaj Housing Finance (BHFL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company by subscribing to 1,828,822,235 equity shares of face value of Rs 10 each for cash at Rs 13.67 per share, offered on rights basis,” Bajaj Finance said.
After strong numbers, global brokerage JP Morgan upgraded Bajaj Finance, raising stance from an earlier ‘neutral’ to ‘overweight’ and a higher target price of Rs 8,500. It said almost all key metrics showed positive traction and credit costs have come down to normalised levels.
Morgan Stanley also has an overweight stance with a target price of Rs 8,000 per share. CLSA has a ‘sell’ rating with target price of Rs 5,600 from an earlier Rs 5,000, while Jefferies has a ‘hold’ rating with target at Rs 7,300 from its previous call at Rs 7,600. Both Citi and Bank of America have ‘buy’ calls with target of Rs 8,400 and Rs 8,345, respectively.
On Bajaj Finance stock, market expert Prakash Diwan said, “It is a business that has always been very promising. I don’t think we’ve ever had doubts about that. This is a stock that you buy, on bad days or if the market corrects.”
Sharekhan’s Binod Modi said, “These earnings seem to be ahead of estimates, so there should be some sort of earnings upgrade as well. The stock has not done very well in last couple of months and has underperformed, so given the kind of earnings upgrade that we may see and with the 20 percent plus kind of RoE that the company has been reporting, I think the stock see some sort of rerating going forward.”
(Edited by : Ajay Vaishnav)
First Published: IST