Just like SBI, ICICI Bank has created a cash cushion in case bad loans rise

Just like SBI, ICICI Bank has created a cash cushion in case bad loans rise
ICICI Bank to report its first quarter earnings on July 25, SaturdayBCCL
  • ICICI Bank has sold stake in two of its insurance subsidiaries in the last quarter that could lead to significan t boost in its profits this quarter.
  • Analyst estimates put the profit rise at an average of 50%.
  • Most of the profit will be put towards contingencies and provisions to take stock of when the moratorium ends on August 31.
ICICI Bank has been busy raising capital in the month of June and this will not only help boost its profit, but analysts expect that most of the extra cash will be put towards provisions and contingencies.

Stake saleValue
ICICI Prudential Life₹ 840 crore
ICICI Lombard₹ 2250 crore

Last quarter, India’s largest public sector bank — the State Bank of India (SBI) — saw its profits jump four times higher on a yearly basis after it sold its stake in SBI Cards and SBI Life Insurance. “This is the highest ever yearly profit recorded by the bank,” said SBI.

Stake saleValue
SBI Life Insurance₹ 3843.4 crore
SBI Cards₹ 2,731

“Among large banks, we expect ICICI to report strong profitability,” said Emkay Research, estimating that profit after tax will increase by nearly 60%.

BrokerageNII growth YoYPAT growth YoY
Prabhudas Lilladher16.9%67%
Emkay Research19.9%59.1%
Motilal Oswal12.7%39.4%
Phillip Capital17.7%14.7%


Loan growth will continue to remain a cause for concern due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Fee and commission income slowing down along with the slashing of the base rates will add pressure on margins.

Motilal Oswal estimates that slippages will continue to remain high at around 3.3% leading to higher credit cost. An improvement in the ratio of non-performing assets (NPA) could cushion the blow.

Nonetheless, the true extent of NPAs will only come to light once the moratorium comes to an end on August 31. In the previous quarter, nearly 30% of ICICI Bank’s loan book was under the moratorium, with more than one-third of the loans in the retail segment.

Axis Bank, which had around 25% of its loans opting for a moratorium during the same time, was able to bring it down to just 9.7% in the first quarter. “Management commentary on business momentum, moratorium trends and any granular details on moratorium availments will be important,” said Nomura.

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