Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Buy SBI, target of Rs 2057: Motilal Oswal

Motilal Oswal has maintained its buy rating on State Bank of India with a target of Rs 2057 in its October 27, 2008 research report. "SBI’s 2QFY09 PAT of Rs 22.6 billion, driven by strong core business performance. Key highlights: 1) loans up 37% and deposits up 28%; CASA ratio marginally up YoY, decline QoQ; CASA deposits grew by 27% YoY, 2) 45% NII growth v/s our estimate of 30%; margins improve 15bp YoY to 3.16% in 1HFY09, 3) fee growth (ex forex) of 40%, and 4) gross NPA at 2.5% and net NPA at 1.3%; some stress visible."

"We have increased SBI’s earnings by 8% for FY09 to factor in higher fees, higher margins growth. However, for FY10, we have reduced our estimate by 2%, due to higher provisions. Adjusted for value of SBI Life at Rs117 in FY09 and Rs133 in FY10, SBI trades at 0.8x FY09E Cons BV and 0.7x FY10E Cons BV. Maintain Buy, target Rs 2,057," says Motilal Oswal's research report.

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Source: Moneycontrol

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