Home First Finance IPO Details Analysis

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Home First Finance IPO Details Analysis

Home First Finance Company (HFFC) is launching its IPO worth Rs 1153 crore. The offer opens today on 21st Jan  and closes on 25th Jan 2021. HFFC is a fintech which uses technology to process loan applications and offer mobility solutions through dedicated mobile applications for customers to enable quick and transparent loan related transactions. 

The object of the offer is to augment the capital base of the company through its net proceeds as per the RHP. The offer details of Home First Finance Company IPO follows:

Offer Details    
Offer SizeRs 1153.72 crore
of which
Fresh IssueUpto (.) crore equity shares amounting to Rs 265 crore
Offer for saleUpto (.) crore equity shares amounting to Rs 888.72 crore
Price BandRs 517-Rs 518 per equity share
Offer PeriodJan 21- Jan 25 2021
Offer StructureQIBs: Upto 50% of the offer
NIIs: upto 15% of the offer
RIIs : upto 35% of the offer
Minimum Lot size28 shares (Rs 14504)
Listing onBSE, NSE
BRLM'sAxis Capital, Credit Suisse Securities, ICICI Securities, Kotak Investment Banking
RegistrarKarvy Fintech Private Limited
Equity shares outstanding Pre IPO78,297, 715 Equity shares
Equity shares outstanding Post IPO(.) Equity shares
Home First Finance IPO Details Analysis

Key Business Highlights of HFFC

  • Headquartered in Mumbai, HFFC was incorporated in the year 2010. The company is a technology driven affordable housing finance company that targets first time home buyers in low and middle-income groups.
  • As of September 30, 2020, HFFC had a network of 70 branches covering over 60 districts in 11 states and a union territory in India, with a significant presence in urbanized regions in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
  • HFFC is engaged in providing housing loans for the purchase or construction of homes, comprising 92.1% of   Gross Loan Assets, as of September 30, 2020.
  • Other offerings of the company also includes loans against property, developer finance loans and loans for purchase of commercial property, which comprised 5.1%, 1.9% and 0.9% of Gross Loan Assets, as of September 30, 2020 respectively.
  • Salaried customers account for 73.1% of Gross Loan Assets and self-employed customers account for 25% of Gross Loan Assets.
  • It serviced 44,796 active loan accounts, as of September 30, 2020. The average ticket size of housing loans was 0.1 crore with an average loan-to-value on Gross Loan Assets of 48.8%, as of September 30, 2020.
  • They have an integrated customer relationship management and loan management system set up on a leading cloud based customer relationship platform which provides with a holistic view of all customers.

Founder and promoter: 

HFFC was founded by Jaithirth Rao, P. S. Jayakumar and Manoj Viswanathan and its  promoters are True North Fund V LLP and Aether (Mauritius) Limited. Further, Bessemer has invested in the Company.

Financial Review of HFFC

Assets under management stood at Rs 3600 crore as at 31st march 2020. The total revenue was Rs 243.19 crore for H1FY21 with PAT of Rs 52.8 crore. Robust increase in revenues and profitability could be seen on yoy basis. Revenues for the FY20 increased 55% to Rs 419.66 crore from Rs 270.92 crore in FY19. HFFC posted PAT of Rs 79.09 in FY20 as against Rs 45.11 crore in FY19. The cost to income ratio has reduced to 34.9 in H1FY21 from 61.0 in FY18. Gross NPAs stood at 0.87% as of 31st March 2020.

Return on Net worth is 8.47% and 8.62% for FY20 and FY19 respectively. Debt to equity is at 2.67 for FY20. 

Valuation and Peer comparison

At NAV of Rs 119.24 in FY20, the company’s P/BV is 4.34 calculated at the upper price band of Rs 518. With EPS of Rs 10.77, P/E is 48.09 as against the industry average of 61.41. As per the RHP, Aavas financiers is the listed peer of the company, Aavas has a P/E of 61.41 and EPS of Rs 31.85.

The company had raised Rs 79.08 crore by way of pre IPO placement in the month of Oct 2020 to Warburg Pincus @ Rs 335 per equity share, being much lower than the IPO price band.

Outlook and Conclusion

HFFC provides smart loans for affordable homes with its digital lending platform. The company has a scalable operating model built on holistic technology usage. HFFC has reported strong financials for the last three fiscals. Affordable housing is quite an opportunity with Government “Housing for all” by year 2022. 

When we look at the overall sector, NBFC’s like HDB and L&T finance has reported increase in the provisions for impairment in the recent quarter ended Dec 31 2020. For HFFC also, impairments have risen to Rs 16.41 crore for H1FY21 as compared to Rs 16.50 crore during FY20 which signal that they could just double in the near term. Hence the key risk remains that there might be a stress on the financial sector due to impact of Covid. Hence, looking at the short term pain that the sector may go through, the effect might be seen on their valuations also! Hence the investors may consider investing in the secondary market.

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About CA Priyanka Choudhary Jain 76 Articles
Chartered Accountant & an experienced credit analyst. She has worked with CRISIL as a Senior Credit Analyst on rating assignments including business & financial analysis in Corporates as well as the Public Finance Sector. Please mail your queries, feedback, and any suggestions to her on info.financepost@gmail.com

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