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Kosamattam Finance Sept. 2020 NCD issue review (May apply)

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  • KFL, a frequent visitor to debt market brings 20th debt offer since April 2014.
  • Instrument rated as IND/BBB Stable outlook by India Ratings, which is considered a bit risky.
  • Offers lucrative coupon rates as its rating is poor.
  • Since last three debt offer KFL has changed merchant bankers.


Kosamattam Finance Ltd. (KFL) is a systemically important non-deposit taking NBFC primarily engaged in the Gold Loan business, lending money against the pledge of household jewellery ('Gold Loans') in the state of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Telangana along with the Union Territory of Puducherry. This is the 20th Debt offer from the company since April 2014. It is IRDA registered composite corporate insurance agent. Kosamattam also holds SEBI registration as depository participant and FFMC to act as money changer. KFL is also an AMFI registered mutual fund advisor and also holds registration from LEIL.

In addition to the core business of Gold Loan, KFL also offer fee based ancillary services which includes

Microfinance, money transfer services, foreign currency exchange, power generation, agriculture and air

ticketing services. Thus it has diverse business activities now.

As on March 31, 2020, , it had a network of 936 branches spread in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Telangana along with the Union Territory of Puducherry and it employed 3150 persons in business operations.


For the purpose of onward lending (45%) and repayment of interest and principal of existing loans (30%) as well as general corpus fund need (25%), KFL is coming out with debt offer of Secured and Unsecured Redeemable Non-Convertible Debentures of Rs 1000 each for Rs 150 crore with a green shoe option to retain oversubscription to the tune of Rs 150 crore making the total issue size of Rs 300. Issue opens for subscription on September 16, 2020 and will close on or before October 13, 2020. Minimum application is to be made for 10 NCDs (i.e. Rs 10000) and in multiple of 1 NCD (i.e. Rs 1000) thereon, thereafter. Post allotment, NCDs will be listed on BSE. It will spend Rs 1.60 cr. for this entire issue proceeds.

This issue is rated as IND BBB Outlook 'Stable', by India Ratings and Research Pvt. Ld. This rating indicates that instruments with such ratings are considered to have moderate degree of safety regarding timely servicing of financial obligations. Such instruments carry moderate credit risk. Since last three issues KFL is having mandate with Karvy Investor Services Ltd. and SMC Capitals Ltd. for the issue process. KFin Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is the registrar to the issue. Vistra ITCL (India) Ltd. is the debenture trustee.

These NCDs have tenures of 400 days, 30 months, 39 months, 42 months, 50 months and 84 months. It offers coupon rates of 9.50% to 10.25% based on selection of investors. Frequency of interest payments will be Monthly or cumulative as per the choice of investors. Allotment of these NCDs will be in dematerialized mode only. Application is to be made through ASBA mode only.

Terms of the Kosamattam Finance NCDs

  Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4 Series 5 Series 6 Series 7 Series 8
Frequency of Interest Payment Cumulative Monthly Cumulative Monthly Cumulative Cumulative Monthly Cumulative
Tenor 400 Days 30 Months 30 Months 39 Months 42 Months 50 Months 84 Months 84 Months
Coupon Rate (Retail) NA 9.50% NA 10% NA NA 10.25% NA
Effective Yield (Per year) 8.50% 9.92% 9.34% 10.47% 9.87% 10.22% 10.75% 10.41%
Amount on Maturity Rs 1,093.50 Rs 1,000 Rs 1,250 Rs 1,000 Rs 1,390 Rs 1,500 Rs 1,000 Rs 2,000


For the last two financial years KFL has posted total income/net profits of Rs 475.54 cr. / Rs 43.15 cr. (FY19) and Rs 498.49 cr./Rs 47.63 cr. (FY20). For these two fiscal ends its Net NPAs stood at 1.28% and 1.07% respectively. Its current debt equity ratio of 6.80 will enhance to 7.52 post this issue.

As on March 31, 2020, its gold loan customers were 431588. As on March 31, 2020, it's paid up capital of Rs 191.60 cr. is supported by free reserves of Rs 228.86 cr.

Conclusion / Investment Strategy

Coupon rates offered are lucrative. But it has poor rating (BBB) and the fancy of the group is limited to southern region only. Considering these, cash surplus risk savvy investors may consider investment in this debt offer on their own risk.

Review By Dilip Davda on September 15, 2020

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(SEBI registered Research Analyst-Mumbai).

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