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KLM Axiva Feb 23 NCD issue review (Avoid)

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•    This is the 8th debt offer from the company since September 2028.
•    The last debt offer was in the month of September 2022.
•    The company has maintained the coupon rates for this issue under the same rating.
•    It has posted steady growth in its financial performance.
•    There is no harm in skipping this poorly rated debt offer that carries moderate risk.

KLM Axiva Finvest Ltd. (KLMAFL) (erstwhile known as Needs Finvest Ltd.) is a non-deposit taking systemically important non-banking finance company ("NBFC") primarily serving low and middle-income individuals and businesses that have limited or no access to formal banking and finance channels.

As of December 31, 2022, it operated through 660 branches across six states namely Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra managed through its corporate office located at Kochi. It operates primarily in four business verticals: (i) gold loan business, lending money against the pledge of household jewellery, (ii) micro, small and medium enterprises loan, (iii) personal loan, and (iv) microfinance loan to women customers.

As of December 31, 2022, it had 2244 full-time employees. In addition, the company had temporary sales, marketing, and recovery personnel who work on a commission basis. KLMAFL adheres to a policy of nurturing dedicated talent by conducting regular training programmes. It provides training to employees both as a commitment to their career development and also to ensure quality service to customers. These trainings are conducted on joining as part of employee initiation and include additional on-the-job training. The company also has a wholly owned subsidiary, namely KMLM Financial Services Limited., and three group companies i.e. KLM Tianna Gold & Diamonds Pvt. Ltd., Payyoli Granites Pvt. Ltd. and Ente Nadu Nidhi Ltd. 

The company is coming out with its 8th debt offer since September 2018. The company will be issuing secured redeemable non-convertible debentures of Rs. 1000 each. The base size of the issue is Rs. 125 cr. and it has the option to retain oversubscription to the tune of Rs. 125 cr. thus making a total issue size of Rs. 250 cr. The issue opens for subscription on February 20, 2023, and will close on or before March 03, 2023. Minimum application is to be made for 5 NCDs (i.e. Rs. 5000.00) and in multiple of 1 NCD (i.e. Rs. 1000.00) thereon, thereafter. Post allotment, these NCDs will be listed on BSE only. The company will be spending Rs. 1.53 cr. for this entire issue process. 

From the net proceeds, the company will use at least 80% for onward lending, financing, and repayment/prepayment of principal and interest on existing borrowings and a maximum of up to 20% for general corporate purposes. 

Vivro Financial Services Pvt. Ltd., is the sole lead manager for this issue and Vistra ITCL (India) Ltd. is the debenture trustee. KFin Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is the registrar of the issue. 

The company is offering coupon rates ranging from 8.75% to 10.75%. It has a tenure ranging from 400 days, 16 months, 18 months, 2 yrs., 3 yrs., 5 yrs., and 82 months. It offers Monthly, Annually, and Cumulative interest payment mods based on series and tenure. 

The debt offering is rated IND BBB - (BBB Minus) Stable by India Ratings and Research Pvt. Ltd. The rating of NCDs by India Ratings indicates that instruments with this rating are considered to have a moderate risk of default regarding the timely servicing of financial obligations. Issues with such ratings are always neglected by investors in general. 

On the financial performance front, for the last three fiscals, KLMAFL has (on a consolidated basis) posted a total income/net profit of Rs. 102.25 cr. / Rs. 0.51 cr. (FY20) and Rs. 126.52 cr. / Rs. 7.06 cr. (FY21), and Rs. 185.91 cr. / Rs. 11.38 cr. (FY22). For H1 of FY23, it earned a net profit of Rs. 11.13 cr. on a total income of Rs. 134.72 cr.  

Its current debt-equity ratio (30.09.2022) of 7.50 will rise to 9.05 post this debt issue. Its net NPA stood at 1.28% as of September 30, 2022, against 2.70% as of March 31, 2022. 

Conclusion / Investment Strategy

Though the company has posted improved financial performance and curtailed its NPAs with rising volume, its rating has been maintained. The poor rating of BBB- raises concern as such an offer carried moderate risk. Hence there is no harm in skipping this debt offering.

Reviewer recommends Avoid to the issue.

Review By Dilip Davda on February 15, 2023

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