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SBI Home Finance Ltd.

BSE: 500379 Sector: Financials
NSE: SBIHOMEFIN ISIN Code: INE627A01012
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SBI Home Finance Ltd. (SBIHOMEFIN) - Chairman Speech

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1996 SBI HOME FINANCE LIMITED CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT I am happy to report another good year of performance. In its eighth year of operations, SBI Home Finance is now a Company of size and substance. Considering the financial soundness and growth opportunities, your Company has been awarded "MM" rating from ICRA. While the need for housing finance is still great in our country, structural reforms and legislative changes will have to be brought in to give a boost to this industry which at the moment is suffering under liquidity and cost of fund crisis. 2. HOUSING FINANCE SCENARIO AND PROSPECTS OF THE COMPANY A study conducted by the National Building Construction Company indicates a housing shortage of about 41 crores by the turn of the century. The eighth five year plan has envisaged an outlay of Rs. 97,500 crores for housing with the organised sector's contribution estimated at Rs. 25,000 crores. The demand is ever increasing which will lead to substantial growth for Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). The Government has always taken keen interest in encouraging the housing sector. Recently, incentives have been announced to attract the Non Resident Indians and foreign citizens of Indian origin for investing in the housing sector. The country is rapidly urbanising and population continues to grow at 2% net per year. There is, therefore, no doubt about the increase in demand for housing finance in India. But one thing that has been continuously worrying the housing finance industry is the availability of long term resources. Public deposits still continue to be the main funding source of HFCs. With entry in the retail deposit market by Financial Institutions and Public Sector Enterprises, mobilisation of fund from the retail deposit sector has become more difficult. Added to this is the restriction imposed by Reserve Bank of India and NABARD on Co-operative and Gramin Banks not to invest their non- SLR funds in deposit schemes of HFCs. A good amount of fund which used to come from Co-operative and Gramin Banks have now virtually stopped. To increase the volume of lending of HFCs, a sustained and regular flow of funds into this sector is essential. The Government has allowed Provident Funds and Superannuation Funds to invest in Bonds of PSU's. We hope, the Government will think in terms of making these funds available to the Housing Finance sector also. Securitisation is potentially the most viable alternative for mobilising resources for housing. The regulatory body of HFCs i.e. NHB is presently working on the development of secondary mortgage market through securitisation and issue of Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS). Once the whole process of securitisation takes off, HFCs will be able to mobilise resources hopefully at lower costs and thereby increase spreads. Although the volumes of HFCs have increased many times, spreads are thinning day by day. This is attributable to the high cost at which funds are borrowed by HFCs Securitisation will go on to ease the liquidity and will also help to increase the overall spreads. The wide disparity between maturities of Assets - Liabilities is also a source of great concern for HFCs. Credit rating are greatly dependent on this aspect. Where average lending period of HFCs are between 8-10 years, average period of deposits is in the range of 2-3 years To bridge this ever increasing gap, the housing finance sector needs more long term resources. National Housing Bank is contemplating a pilot issue of mortgage backed bonds and have included SBI Home Finance as one of the participants. Inspite of several impediments to growth as stated earlier, your Company has done well in the year under review. With the demand for housing finance increasing day by day, I see no reason why your Company will not only succeed in maintaining the growth rate but also increase its market share considerably through better customer service and some relief by Government/ National Housing Bank to the cost of fund. 3. FINANCIAL RESULTS Tough operating conditions such as tight liquidity position, depressed capital market and rise in cost of funds have taken a toll on SBIHF's performance for the year ended March, 1996. Despite yields increasing marginally, high borrowing costs caused the overall spreads to decrease. Cumulative sanctions had increased 40.28 percent from Rs. 509 crores to Rs. 714 crores for the year ended March 1996. During the same period, cumulative disbursements have increased 49.58 percent from Rs. 355 crores to Rs. 531 crores. This year has seen a faster rate of growth of disbursements with the gap between sanctions and disbursement being reduced considerably. Total disbursements of 78% over sanctions in 1994-95 have increased to 86% in 1995-96. The high disbursement growth led to a substantial increase in total assets, which at Rs. 388.80 crores recorded a 22 percent increase cover last year. 4. PRUDENTIAL NORMS Reforms in the financial sector have included the phasing in of prudential norms for income recognition, classification of assets and provisioning for bad debts, revised formats for making balance sheet and profit and loss account to reflect the actual financial health and a time schedule for attaining eight percent (8%) capital to risk weighted assets. The entire range of reforms is aimed at promoting competition and bringing more transparency. Your Company have adhered to these norms strictly and have met all the requirements comfortably. 5. CAPITAL ISSUE Last couple of months have witnessed an acute shortage of liquidity. This is in complete contrast of the market scenario during the most of the earlier months in 1995-96. The market remained subdued. Although, your Company planned to come out with capital issue in the last year, the depressed stock market together with the prevailing liquidity crunch forced your Company to freeze the issue for the time being. The subject will be reopened once the stock market revives. 6. ACKNOWLEGEMENT I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the promoters i.e. the State Bank of India and Housing Development Finance Corporation, Shareholders, Depositors, National Housing Bank, Securities Exchange Board of India, Department of Company Affairs, Central Board of Direct Taxes and all All- India financial institutions for their wholehearted co-operation and support. I would like to place on record my appreciation of the painstaking efforts of the Company's staff at all levels for the good performance of the Company for the eighth year in succession. JAHAR SENGUPTA Chairman Dated : 1st August, 1996