State Bank of India is expected to continue its strong earnings growth in the April-June quarter, growing net profit in double digits on an year-on-year basis. Analysts expect SBI to report robust net profit growth in the fiscal first quarter, aided by healthy growth in net interest income and a reduction in provisions. However, SBI’s net profit is widely expected to fall on a quarter-on-quarter basis. SBI share price has risen 11% in the last one month and is now close to its 52-week high. On Friday, SBI share price ended at Rs 532 per share. The country’s largest public sector lender is to announce its results on August 6.
Loan and deposit growth
Advances by the State bank of India are pegged to grow in double-digits in the fiscal first quarter. “Expect loan growth of 12% from last year to (Rs 2.82 lakh crore) and deposit growth at 10% on-year,” said ICICI Direct in a report. Motilal Oswal believes loan growth will be better at 15.3%, and deposits are expected to grow by 10.9% from the previous year. Analysts at Prabhudas Lilladher and Nirmal Bang see loans growing by 14.1% and 14.7%, respectively. Estimates by brokerage and research firms show that SBI’s loan growth will outpace the deposits growth. The trend was similar in the previous quarter.
Provisions to scale down
In the January-March quarter, SBI had cut provisions helped by better asset quality. In the April-June quarter, SBI is likely to continue treading on the same path. Prabudas Lilladher expects SBI’s gross non-performing assets (GNPA) to drop 144 basis points to 3.88% from the 5.32% a year ago. This, in their view, will help SBI trim provisions by 28.4%. ICICI Direct sees GNPA dropping 0.4% sequentially. “As slippages are expected to remain contained at ~ Rs 6000 -7000 crore, NPA provisions seen at Rs 4000 crore but investment depreciation to impact overall provisions,” ICICI Direct said.
The Financial Express