Arman Financial Services Limited Reports its Q1 FY21 Financial Results

– Consolidated AUM at ₹ 823 Crores; up 14% Y-o-Y

– Collection Efficiency Improves to 80% in Aug’20 vis-à-vis 66% in June’20

– Consolidated PAT Stood at ₹ 5.3 Crores (Covid Adjusted PAT at Rs 13.0 Crores)

AHMEDABAD, India, Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —   Arman Financial Services Ltd (Arman), a Gujarat based non-banking financial company (NBFC), with interests in microfinance, two-wheelers, and micro-enterprise (MSME) loans, announced its financial results for the fourth quarter ended 30th June 2020.

 

Particulars (In ₹ Crores)

Q1 FY21

Q1 FY20

YoY%

FY20

FY19

YoY%

Assets Under Management (AUM)

823.1

724.1

14%

859.9

684.8

26%

Total Disbursement

190.1

873.6

783.6

12%

Gross Total Income

49.4

48.2

2%

215.1

139.6

54%

Pre-Provisioning Operating Profit

16.9

17.7

(4%)

73.8

42.7

73%

Total Provisioning & Write-Offs

10.2

1.5

592%

20.0

6.5

207%

Provisioning & Write-Offs

0.1

1.5

(96%)

13.3

6.5

105%

Addl. COVID Specific Provisioning

10.2

6.7

Profit After Tax

5.3

12.1

(56%)

41.5

26.4

57%

Profit After Tax (Adj. for Covid Provision)

13.0

12.1

7%

48.2

26.4

82%

GNPA %

1.1%

1.1%

6 bps

1.1%

1.0%

6 bps

NNPA %

0.1%

0.5%

(45 bps)

0.2%

0.5%

(28 bps)

RoE % *

12.1%

36.0%

(2386 bps)

28.1%

29.7%

(161 bps)

RoE %* (Adj. for Covid Provisioning)

29.5%

36.0%

(648 bps)

32.6%

29.7%

291 bps

Note: * RoE figures have been computed a fully diluted equity base and annualized for Q1 FY21 & Q1 FY20

 

Consolidated Financial Highlights – Q1 FY2021

  • Assets under management as on 30th June’20 stood at ₹ 823 crores (+14% YoY). Nationwide Lockdown and the Covid-19 induced disruption led to disbursements being halted in Q1 FY21. This combined with the resumption of repayments from June onwards led to a run down in the loan book on a sequential basis.
  • Shareholders Equity stood at ₹ 177.5 crores as on 30th June’20 (BVPS is ₹ 211)
  • Comfortable Leverage Position: Debt-Equity Ratio as on 30th June’20 was 4.0x (excludes direct assignment)
  • Net Total Income declined by 8% YoY to ₹ 27.0 crores. No booking of processing fees in the absence of disbursements, softer yields in the microfinance segment, and negative carry cost owing to the company’s focus on maintaining ample liquidity buffer given the uncertain environment adversely impacted the net total income.
  • Pre-Provisioning Operating Profit stood marginally lower at ₹ 16.9 crores. The company took steps to rationalize the overheads. As a result, operating expenses have come down by 14% YoY to ₹ 10.2 crores, and cost-to-income ratio improved to 37.6% in Q1 FY21 (40.1% in Q1 FY20)
  • Provisions for the quarter increased to ₹ 10.2 crores, as the company prudently created a contingency provision of ₹ 10.2 crores on account of Covid. Cumulative ECL Provisions stood at 29.7 Crore as on 30th June’20, covering 3.9% of the on-book AUM
  • Profit after tax stood lower at ₹ 5.3 crores. Adjusted for the contingent Covid provisioning, Profit after tax would have stood at ₹ 13.0 crores (higher by 7% YoY), and the 2) ROE would have been 29.5%
  • Asset quality continued to remain robust – Consolidated GNPA stood stable at 1.1%; NNPA improved to 0.1%
  • Total operational branches as on 30th June’20 stood at 211 (170 in MFI, 35 in MSME and 6 in 2W)

Update on Collections

 Business Segment

June 2020

July 2020

Aug 2020*

Microfinance

59%

76%

75%

MSME

84%

95%

92%

Two-Wheeler

85%

97%

97%

Total Collection Efficiency %

66%

82%

80%

* August repayment rates are month-end estimates

 

  • Collections have improved significantly across all 3 segments since June 2020, reducing the loan book under moratorium. Priority of the company remains on getting the repayment rates back to normal in the forthcoming months and it took significant strides towards achieving this objective in July and August 2020.
  • August 2020 repayment rates have shown a minor decline compared to July 2020 owing to
    • Large number of festival and holidays during the month of August
    • Heavy rains in numerous areas of operations which created logistical issues
    • Continued intermittent lockdowns in several areas of operations

Update on Liquidity

  • Healthy Liquidity position with 141 crore in cash/bank balance, liquid investments, and undrawn CC limits
  • Pick-up in collections along with the incremental debt capital raised (₹ 75 crore since April’20) has materially improved the company’s liquidity position. The company has repaid all the debt obligations that were due from June’20 onwards and also repaid the moratorium obligations of April & May 2020 (i.e. voluntarily cancelled moratorium) to reduce moratorium interest burden.

Update on Disbursements

  • Gradually resumed disbursements from August 2020 onwards. In microfinance, the company is primarily renewing loans of existing customers who have made their repayments and completed their tenure. In the MSME & two-wheeler segments, the company has tightened the underwriting process.

Commenting on the company’s performance in Q1 FY21, Mr. Jayendra Patel, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Arman Financial Services said, “Arman delivered a resilient performance in Q1 FY21, despite being faced with substantial challenges in the form of a prolonged nationwide lockdown, a challenging & uncertain economic environment, and intermittent localized lockdowns and restrictions in some territories hampering operations. Post the lockdown, we have been successful in getting our operations back on track, ramping-up collections from the field, and rationalizing our operating expenditure.

Further, in-keeping with our conservative approach, we strengthened our provision coverage by creating a contingent provision of ₹ 10.2 crores on account of Covid this quarter. Overall, cumulative Provisions stood at  29.7 Crore as on 30th June’20; this will help us to deal with any possible impairments on account of Covid in the future. The company will continue creating further reserves on account of Covid in future quarters, if required. Considering the uncertain environment, we chose to maintain ample liquidity buffer thereby adversely impacting our NII owing to the negative carry cost, which has continued to increase due to increased cash reserves and reduction in liquid investment returns. Our asset quality continued to remain unchanged due to RBI announced moratorium, with Net NPA improving to 0.1% due to a minor decline in Portfolio. Adjusted for the contingent Covid provision, Net Profit for the quarter stood at ₹ 13.0 crores.

Most importantly, collections across all the 3 segments improved significantly since June 2020. Repayment rates for August 2020 dues are expected to close at 75% for the MFI segment; 92% for the MSME segment; and 97% for the 2-wheeler segment. It is especially encouraging to see the strong pick-up in collections in the MSME and 2W segments.

Going forward, our foremost priority will be on improving our collections from the field and maintaining ample liquidity. Our target is to achieve 90% repayment rates by the end of the third quarter. Further, we are also focusing on scaling-up our disbursements in a calibrated manner with tighter credit screens in place. While it is difficult to predict the trajectory the pandemic will take over the coming months, we feel that the worst is behind operationally speaking. On the whole, we are confident that we will be able to successfully navigate our way through this storm and emerge stronger. “

Segmental Performance Update – Q1 FY21 v/s. Q1 FY20

Microfinance – Financial Highlights

Particulars (In ₹ Crores)

Q1 FY21

Q1 FY20

YoY%

FY20

FY19

YoY%

Assets Under Management

605.1

513.7

18%

621.5

483.8

28%

Total Disbursement

139.5

653.1

589.6

11%

Gross Total Income

33.3

32.4

3%

148.4

94.0

58%

Pre-Provisioning Operating Profit

9.0

11.0

(18%)

46.2

25.9

79%

Total Provisioning & Write-Offs

5.8

0.9

575%

13.3

3.7

259%

Provisioning & Write-Offs

0.1

0.9

(94%)

8.8

3.7

137%

Addl. COVID Specific Provisioning

5.7

4.5

Profit After Tax

2.7

7.2

(63%)

25.2

15.7

61%

Profit After Tax (Adj. for Covid Provision)

7.0

7.2

(3%)

29.7

15.7

90%

GNPA %

0.9%

0.7%

27 bps

0.9%

0.5%

38 bps

NNPA % (after ECL Impact)

0.0%

0.2%

(20 bps)

0.0%

0.1%

(5 bps)

  • MFI AUM stood at ₹ 605.1 crores – higher by 18% vis-à-vis last year
  • Gross NPA % was slightly higher at 0.9% in Q1 FY21. Post ECL adjustment, NNPA % stood at 0.00% since the entire NPA has been completely provided for.
  • Beefed up provision coverage by earmarking ₹ 5.72 crore as contingent provision for Covid this quarter. Cumulative ECL Provisions as of 30 June’20 stood at ₹ 19.17 crore covering 3.4% of the on-book AUM
  • Adjusted for the contingent Covid provisioning, Profit After Tax stood at ₹ 7.0 crores

Two-Wheeler & MSME – Financial Highlights

Particulars (In ₹ Crores)

Q1 FY21

Q1 FY20

YoY%

FY20

FY19

YoY%

Assets Under Management

218.0

210.4

4%

238.4

201.0

19%

Total Disbursement

50.6

220.5

194.0

14%

Gross Total Income

16.8

16.2

4%

70.1

48.4

45%

Pre-Provisioning Operating Profit

8.4

7.0

20%

29.5

18.5

60%

Total Provisioning & Write-Offs

4.5

0.6

616%

6.7

2.8

138%

Provisioning & Write-Offs

0.6

4.5

2.8

60%

Addl. COVID Specific Provisioning

4.5

2.2

Profit After Tax

3.3

5.2

(38%)

18.2

12.4

48%

Profit After Tax (Adj. for Covid Provision)

6.6

5.2

26%

20.4

12.4

65%

GNPA %

1.6%

2.0%

(41 bps)

1.5%

2.2%

(69 bps)

NNPA %

0.3%

1.3%

(102 bps)

0.7%

1.5%

(79 bps)

  • 2W & MSME AUM increased by 4% YoY to ₹ 218.0 crores in Q1 FY21
    • MSME book grew by 22% YoY to ₹ 135.7 crores
    • 2W AUM stood lower at ₹ 82.3 crores, as the 2W sales declined in the previous year due to the challenging economic environment and drastically declined in Q1 due to the nation-wide lockdown.
  • Pre-Provisioning Operating Profit grew by 20% YoY to ₹ 8.4 crores aided by higher contribution from the MSME business and efficient cost management
  • Asset quality improved as GNPA % and NNPA % stood lower at 1.6% and 0.3%, respectively, owing to increased provisioning and reduced portfolio.
  • Provisions increased in Q1 FY21 owing to creation of contingent Covid provision, and higher standard provisioning on the MSME book of 1.0% versus 0.4% earlier resulting in additional 0.6% provision on standard assets for possible future Covid impairments. Adjusted for contingent Covid provisioning, Q1 FY21 PAT stood at ₹ 6.6 crores – higher by 26% YoY
  • Cumulative ECL Provisions stood at ₹ 10.6 crores as on 30 June’20, covering 5.1% of the on-book AUM

About Arman Financial Services Limited

Arman Financial Services Ltd (BSE: 531179) is a category ‘A’ Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) active in the 2-Wheeler, MSME, and Microfinance Lending business. The Microfinance division is operated through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Namra Finance Ltd, an NBFC-MFI. The group operates mostly in unorganized and underserviced segment of the economy and mostly serves niche rural markets in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan through its network of 211 branches and 55+ dealer touchpoints.

Arman’s big differentiator from a Bank and other NBFCs is the last mile credit delivery system. They serve areas and clients where it is simply not possible for banks to provide financial services under the current market scenario. For more information, please visit our web site www.armanindia.com.

Certain statements in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties like government actions, local, political or economic developments, technological risks, and many other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statements. Arman Financial Services Ltd will not be in any way be responsible for any action taken based on such statements and undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

For more information, contact:

Arman Financial Services

Vivek Modi, CFO

Arman Financial Services Ltd

Tel: +91 79 40507000

vivek@armanindia.com  





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