Manappuram Finance looks to take MFI arm Asirwad Microfinance public




Manappuram Finance, the second largest gold mortgage firm within the nation, is toying with the thought of hiving off and taking its microfinance arm Asirwad Microfinance public inside a yr, a prime firm official stated.

With a mortgage portfolio of over Rs 5,360 crore and near 25 lakh clients throughout 23 states, the Chennai-headquartered Asirvad is the fourth largest microfinance lender within the nation when it comes to the mortgage e book.





Based in 2008 by S V Raja Vaidyanathan, Asirvad was taken over by Manappuram in February 2015 for Rs 48.63 crore. The V P Nandakumar-led firm first purchased 71 per cent stake which was later elevated to 95 per cent and the remaining is with the founder Vaidyanathan.

Below Manappuram, Asirvad has grown leaps and bounds.

From a mortgage e book of simply Rs 300 crore and some lakh clients throughout 115 branches in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka when it was purchased over, the corporate has over 1,030 branches throughout 314 districts in 23 states (excluding Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) and a mortgage e book of over Rs 5,358 crore as of 2020-end, of which over Rs 1,000 crore is in Tamil Nadu alone.

As of the December 2020 quarter, Asirvad had a mortgage e book of Rs 5,357.71 crore, a progress of 6.68 per cent from Rs 5,022.14 crore within the year-ago quarter.

This makes the microlending arm the largest vertical after the gold mortgage enterprise for the group.

“We’re planning to hive off Asirvad inside a yr, after which take it public. We’re trying on the proper valuation. I’m taking a look at a worth to e book worth of Three-Four instances, which is 2 instances now,” founder and chief government of Manappuram Finance Group, V P Nandakumar advised PTI at his Valapad, Thrissur headquarters.

“That is our most worthwhile enterprise in relation to return on funding at 20 per cent. Whereas my price of fund is 10 per cent, my internet curiosity margin is 10 per cent,” he stated, explaining the rationale for his increased valuation expectation.

Microlending enterprise has a protracted future within the nation because the poor nonetheless face difficulties in getting credit score from banks, he stated.

Nandakumar additionally stated Asirvad will shut the yr to March 2021 with a revenue of Rs 50 crore.

Asirvad’s internet revenue had dipped to Rs 17.78 crore in Q3 of this fiscal from Rs 71.21 crore a yr in the past, and it posted a internet lack of Rs 2.42 crore in Q1 as a result of pandemic however it’s anticipated to make an enormous comeback and clock Rs 200 crore internet earnings within the 2022 fiscal, he stated.

For his mainstay gold mortgage enterprise below the Manappuram model, Nandakumar expects 20 per cent progress in internet earnings this fiscal over the past monetary yr.

Within the December quarter, its internet earnings rose 17 per cent to Rs 483 crore on an earnings of Rs 1,644 crore, up 14.5 per cent year-on.

Consolidated property below administration (AUM) grew 14.7 per cent to Rs 27,642.5 crore. Of this, the gold mortgage stood at Rs 20,211.6 crore, up 24.43 per cent from a yr in the past, whereas the mixture gold mortgage disbursement was at Rs 57,445.14 crore.

Manappuram House Finance has a mortgage e book of solely Rs 633.44 crore, whereas the autos and tools finance arm had AUM of Rs 988.04 crore.

Asirvad has digitised its total operations and all clients are on-boarded digitally now, which has helped it cut back the turn-around time to lower than 5 days for a mortgage.

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