I am positive that we’ll see a mid-cap rally post elections
Ashok Wadhwa, Ambit group
Apr 18, 2019 | Source: ET
View on markets with respect to general elections: This election is likely to give us a relatively stable government. And as long as we have political stability, I believe that we will see the start of a new bull run. I remain positive and bullish on the fact that postelection, we will see a new rally particularly in the mid-caps.
Will companies raise capital through equities after elections? As soon as the results are announced and investors feel comfortable with political stability, floodgates will open. The amount of capital Indian companies will raise in the next 24 to 36 months is likely to be a significant multiple of what has been raised in the last few years. There are lots of companies that are now preparing themselves to launch an IPO. Many companies are also preparing to raise new capital through the QIP structure. So, I personally believe the equity capital markets will be very active over the next 24 to 36 months
Overseas investment in domestic assets: With the recapitalisation of banks, I expect a lot more capital to be raised by the banking, financial services and unlisted insurance companies. Digital businesses would continue to be a growth proposition as there are new start-ups coming up each day, new unicorns being born every other month. I’d say the deal market is generally very fertile at this point of time. There is a lot of money waiting to be invested in India, particularly long-term pension funds, and insurance money. We expect this money to go into longterm infra projects, roads, ports, airports - almost any segment that has a long-term yield play.
Impact of IBC: IBC is by far the most important piece of legislation introduced in the last five years. The fear that a lender can actually take you to court and that your company can either be auctioned or liquidated has created an environment which has not just empowered the lender, but also created a fear for failing to meet your obligation. That is a truly a significant impact of the IBC.
I think the IBC has led to the process of laying the groundwork for a healthier borrower-lender relationship, a framework that will help Indian banks, particularly publicsector banks, to protect and enforce their rights. The number of cases getting resolved as a result of IBC, and consequently recovery at banks, is simply phenomenal.
NBFC Crisis: I continue to believe that the demand and credit uptake for NBFC lending is a very large part of the growth story of the Indian economy. Hence, there is no challenge on the asset side, I think the marketplace offers high-quality business opportunities. However, there are some other challenges. The first is leverage. As long as NBFCs follow prudent leverage policy, in other words they don’t over-leverage their business, and in particular don’t create asset-liability mismatch, I think the business can be grown at a healthy rate. Second, there are several NBFCs that were established purely because some promoters believe that it’s a great valuation story. People need to understand that NBFC is as difficult a business as any other manufacturing or infrastructure business in this country. So, if we address the greed factor and build the business based on well-established blocks of good underwriting, asset-liability match, not a significant over-leverage, I think the opportunity in the market is large.
Is the IL&FS-driven crisis a blessing in disguise? No crisis of this kind can be called a blessing. After IL&FS, banks and other providers of credit to NBFCs withdrew their support from the market. Thanks to the RBI intervention and a pragmatic approach, we were able to avoid a crisis. In my view, we have too many NBFCs, some of which were only pursuing the valuation game. I expect a consolidation in this space, resulting in a reduction in the number of NBFCs.