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Goldman Sachs Bullish on HDFC Bank Amid Q4 Numbers

Published 2024-04-22, 08:32 a/m
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HDFC Bank (NS:HDBK) recently unveiled its quarterly performance, showcasing a notable upswing with core Pre-Provision Operating Profit (PPOP) growth of 3% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ). Impressively, the bank's core PPOP-Return on Assets (ROA) and ROA stood at approximately 2.6% and 1.9% respectively, aligning closely with Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)' estimations.

As the quarter unfolded, HDFC Bank strategically focused on three key areas: deposit momentum, loan-deposit ratio, and net interest margins. Despite challenging macroeconomic conditions, the bank effectively addressed these focal points. Noteworthy achievements include a substantial increase in deposit market share by 17% in Q4 compared to the previous quarter, coupled with an enhancement in Current Account Savings Account (CASA) ratio by 140 basis points to approximately 29%.

Furthermore, HDFC Bank bolstered its loan-to-deposit ratio by around 600 basis points to reach 104%, while simultaneously elevating the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) by 500 basis points to 115%. Surpassing expectations, the bank also saw a marginal improvement in margins by 4 basis points, defying anticipated contraction due to an unfavorable asset mix.

Goldman Sachs' interactions with investors revealed a varied range of earnings per share (EPS) outcomes. While sell-side estimates fluctuated between INR 87-101, the buy-side estimate settled around INR 90. Despite this diversity, Goldman Sachs anticipates a convergence of these expectations post-management commentary.

Looking ahead, Goldman Sachs anticipates HDFC Bank to undertake strategic initiatives aimed at driving growth and profitability. These include controlling deposit costs, optimizing lending rates, and capitalizing on operating leverage. Notably, the bank's potential reduction in loan growth aims to enhance focus on lucrative opportunities amidst competitive and uncertain market conditions.

Additionally, HDFC Bank's proactive measures, such as the increase in Priority Sector Lending (PSL) loans and productivity enhancements in branches, underscore its resilience and adaptability.

Goldman Sachs maintains a positive outlook on HDFC Bank, emphasizing its robust performance and strategic foresight. With a projected rebound in core PPOP-ROA and accelerated growth prospects, HDFC Bank stands poised for continued success. As such, Goldman Sachs reiterates a Buy rating on HDFC Bank, foreseeing a compelling upside potential of 27%.

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A total of 40 analysts have their coverage on HDFC Bank and have given targets ranging from INR 1,545 per share to INR 2,410 per share, with an average of INR 1,885 per share.

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