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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. On June 14, 2019, Tech Mahindra joined the ranks of Tata Global Beverages, Ambuja Cement and Dr Reddy’s in appointing Shikha Sharma as an independent director. Private equity firm KKR had also appointed Sharma as an adviser for their alternative investments. The irony of publicly-owned and listed...
HDFC Bank has used ingenious ways to understate its profits under Indian provisioning rules for FY2000. Apparently the year ended with the bank being flush with profits and, therefore, management decided to use some of its FY2000 profits for future contingencies. HDFC-Bank-BUY-3-May-2000Download
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. At a time when the economic environment is very volatile, and HDFC Bank’s share price has seen an unexpected slump, comes news of another bizarre corporate governance episode. Once more this paints a sorry picture of the board of India’s number 1 bank by market capitalisation, and...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. A closer look at Axis Bank’s staff data reveals the alarming mortality rate of new hires in the bank, and provides a glimpse of new hire attrition in the private banking industry in India. This appears to be a symptom of toxic work culture at the bank,...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. The Council of Ethics of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), the Norwegian sovereign fund, recommended on February 19, 2020 that Page Industries (licensed to produce the Jockey brand of clothing and Speedo in India) be excluded from investment by the fund.  GPFG is the world’s largest...
Romesh Sobti, CEO, Indusind Bank, is a veteran banker with 43 years’ experience. He recently went on record to defend the bank’s substantial bridge loan to the fast-collapsing IL&FS, a systemically important non-deposit-taking core investment company. Sadly, he found this writer’s earlier insight on Indusind to be “nasty” and...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. In the case of all the three prominent private sector banks (HDFC Bank, Indusind Bank and Axis Bank) that have declared 4QFY2020 results, sell-side analysts and the business media have chosen to ignore the role of deferred tax assets (DTA) in inflating 2HFY2020 net profits. Even though...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Under the threat of being pulled up for contempt of court by the Supreme Court of India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) finally disclosed the confidential inspection reports, called Risk Assessment Reports, of some banks requested under the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005. The reports,...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. The prestigious Institutional Investor 2019 All-Asia ex-Japan Executive Team Awards have been announced. Remarkably, sell-side analysts selected Jairam Sridharan (Axis Bank) as the ‘Best CFO ’ in the banking category. This should be deeply troubling to the capital market. In effect, these highly experienced analysts are loudly...
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. There are two features worth noting in HDFC Bank’s 4QFY2021 results. The first is the continuing de-emphasis on retail loans. This was visible in the lower retail loan growth and the poor performance of HDB Financial Services, the non-bank finance subsidiary which is bearing the brunt of...