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Sakthi Finance NCD issue review (May apply)

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  • This is the third debt offer from the company since February 2015.
  • It has suffered a setback for 9M FY21 in its performance.
  • ICRA/BBB (Stable) rating indicates moderate risk on timely servicing and credit.
  • Though it offers lucrative coupon rates, poor rating raises concern.


Sakthi Finance Ltd. (SFL) is a part of Sakthi Group and has a track record of over four decades in commercial vehicle financing segment. Primarily being an investment and credit company, it is focusing on financing pre-owned commercial vehicles. It has also ventured into financing for purchasing infrastructure construction equipment's, multi-utility vehicles, cars, jeeps and other machinery. Its target customers are from the rural and semi-urban areas comprising Small/Medium Road Transport Operators.

It has also invested in 17 wind mills power generation and selling it to TN Electricity Board and Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. As of December 31, 2020, it has an Asset Under Management worth Rs.1132.48 cr. It has 91% contribution in revenue from hire-purchase business.

SFL is coming out with its third debt offer since February 2015. Its last debt offer was in March 2020.


The company has entered the primary market with its rated secured as well as unsecured non-convertible debentures with a base size of Rs. 100 cr. with an option to retain oversubscription up to Rs.100 cr. thus making the total float worth Rs. 200 cr. The issue has already opened for subscription on June 29, 2021, and will close on or before July 28, 2021. Minimum application is to be made for 10 NCDs i.e. Rs. 10000.00 and in multiple of 1 NCD i.e. Rs. 1000.00 thereon, thereafter. Post allotment, it will be listed on BSE. The allotment and trading of these securities will be traded only in dematerialized form. SFL will be spending Rs. 4 cr. for this entire issue process.

The issue is solely lead managed by Dalmia Securities Pvt. Ltd. while Catalysts Trusteeship Ltd. is the debenture trustee and Link Intime India Pvt. Ltd. is the registrar to the issue.

These NCDs are rated as ICRA BBB (stable) by ICRA Ltd. which indicates moderate degree of safety regarding timely servicing of financial obligations and carry moderate credit risk.

This NCD carries coupon rates ranging from 9.50% to 10.50% p.a., and having interest payment mode of Monthly or Cumulative as per the preference of investors. The tenure for these NCDs will be 26 months, 39 months, 49 months and 61 months. Unsecured NCDs are available only under 61 months' tenure and carries coupon rate of 10.50% p.a.

SFL will use up to 75% of the net proceeds for onward lending, financing and for repayment/prepayment of principal and interest of existing borrowings and 25% for general corporate purposes.


On the financial performance front, SFL has posted total income/net profit of Rs. 1680.50 cr. / Rs. 95.75 cr. (FY19), Rs. 1702.26 cr. / Rs.111.79 cr. (FY20) and for 9 months' period ended on December 31, 2020 of FY21 it has earned net profit of Rs. 71.99 cr. on a total income of Rs. 1257.59 cr. Its Net NPAs for these periods were 2.94%, 2.81% and 2.53% respectively. Its debt equity ratio of 6.76 as of December 31, 2020, will stand enhanced to 8.04 post this issue.

Conclusion / Investment Strategy

Though the group parentage is sound, poor rating by ICRA raises concern. It offers lucrative coupon rates due to BBB rating that carries moderate risk. Hence cash surplus/risk savvy investors may consider parking their fund at their own risks.

Review By Dilip Davda on July 4, 2021

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(SEBI registered Research Analyst-Mumbai).

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