EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. HDFC Bank’s low-cost liabilities strategy of focusing on huge numbers of new client acquisitions in the semi-urban and rural centres may be getting large numbers of new customers, but is not resulting in significant growth in current and savings account deposits (CASA). The pressure on CASA appears to be an industry-wide problem, on account of falling interest rates and the squeeze on corporate liquidity due to the economic slowdown. HDFC Bank believes that growth in customer acquisition can alleviate its situation in the present economic environment. While its strategy may assist the bank in defying the tide, the fact remains that the new CASA liabilities will not be as lucrative as in the past.
"It would have been a shocker if RBI would have approved the merger. I am surprised RBI did not announce its decision earlier as the entity was in the news for the wrong reasons,” asserts research analyst Hemindra Hazari.
“In the current faltering economy, the bank is unlikely to increase its net interest margin and its fees to compensate for the expected higher credit costs and if it is unable to continue with its earlier strategy, shareholders should expect a decline in its profitability," Hazari wrote in a note
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. On the eve of HDFC Bank’s 2QFY2020 results (October 19, 2019), an analysis of its profitability for the last 5...
“Indian rating companies are reluctant to give poor ratings to companies before the default happens,” said independent analyst Hemindra Hazari, “They fear losing their clients.”