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Kosamattam Finance July/Aug 2019 NCD issue review (May apply)

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  • KFL, a frequent visitor to debt market brings 16th debt offer since April 2014.
  • Coupon rates are lucrative, but rating is very poor.
  • Instrument rated as IND/BBB which is considered a bit risky bet.
  • It is offering only Monthly or Cumulative interest payment schemes.
  • This time KFL has changed merchant bankers.

About Company:

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 16th 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.

As on May 31, 2019, the company had a network of 928 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 employed 3,251 persons in business operations. KFL belongs to the Kosamattam Group led by Mathew K. Cherian and it having its headquarter in Kottayam in the state of Kerala.

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.

Debt Offer Details:

For the purpose of onward lending (55%) and repayment of interest and principal of existing loans (20%) 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 16.07.19 and will close on or before 14.08.19. 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.

This issue is rated as IND BBB 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. This time the issue is jointly lead managed by Karvy Investor Services Ltd. and SMC Capitals Ltd. while Karvy Computershare Pvt. Ltd. is the registrar to the issue. Vistra ITCL (India) Ltd. is the debenture trustee.

These NCDs have tenures of 400 days, 24 months, 36 months, 48 months, 60 months and 84 months. It offers coupon rates of 9.25% (on maturity yield basis) for 400 days and for other series ranging from 9.75% 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.


The specific terms of the Secured NCDs are mentioned below


400 days

24 months

36 months

48 months

60 months

84 months













Frequency of Interest Payment









Minimum Application

Rs 10,000 (10 NCDs) across all Series

In multiples of thereafter

1 NCD after the minimum application

Face Value of NCDs (Rs/NCD)

Rs 1,000

Issue Price of NCDs (Rs/NCD)

Rs 1,000

Mode of Interest Payment/Redemption

Through various options available

Coupon (%) per annum in Category I, II and III









Coupon Type


Redemption amount (Rs per NCD)for NCD Holders in Category I, II and III Effective Yield (%) (per annum) - Category I, II and III









Put and Call Option


Deemed Date of Allotment

The date on which the Board or a duly authorised committee approves the Allotment of NCDs. All benefits relating to the NCDs including interest on the NCDs shall be available to the investors from the Deemed Date of Allotment. The actual Allotment of NCDs may take place on a date other than the Deemed Date of Allotment.

Financial Data:

On financial front, it has posted revenue/net profits of Rs 468.38 cr. / Rs 30.42 cr. (FY19), Rs 434.23 cr. / Rs 26.71 cr. (FY18), Td. 360.31 cr. / Rs 15.74 cr. (FY17). Thus it has shown consistency in growth of top and bottom lines. KFL's yield on Gold Loan assets were 20.74%, 21.13% and 26.35%, respectively. Revenue from Gold Loan business was on an average 92% of the total revenue for all these years.

KFL's net NPAs for fiscal 2019, 2018 and 2017 were 1.28%, 0.59% and 0.27% respectively as are the major concerns. As on 31.03.19 its gold loan customers were 425716. Its current debt equity ratio of 6.33 will stand enhanced to 7.16 post this issue.

Conclusion / Investment Strategy

Coupon rates offered are lucrative. But it has poor rating 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. (Others).

Review By Dilip Davda on July 15, 2019

Review Author

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(SEBI registered Research Analyst-Mumbai).

About Dilip Davda

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