SBI Q4FY18 preview: No surprises! Higher provision, NPAs to hamper earnings again
The SBI stock has touched an intraday low of Rs 241.30 per piece which resulted in nearly 2% decline on indices.
Largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) will be presenting fourth quarter ended March 2018 result anytime on Tuesday here. The bank, post merger, has been witnessing continuous losses in its earning over past few quarters due to higher provisions and stressed assets. Q4FY18 would also be no different, as many analysts have already predicted low single-digit growth for the bank. However, investors headwind hit its share price of SBI on stock exchanges ahead of the financial quarter announcement. The SBI stock has touched an intraday low of Rs 241.30 per piece which resulted in nearly 2% decline on indices.
At around 1234 hours, the SBI share price was trading at 243.70 per piece down by Rs 1.40 or 0.57% on BSE.
Here’s what analysts expect from SBI’s earning in Q4FY18:
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Analysts at Prabhudas Lilladher said, “SBI should report another quarter of losses on higher provisions led by high expected slippages of Rs188.6bn but lower than Q3FY18 slippage of Rs 268bn, but should see investment depreciation reversal on RBI guideline, reducing losses.”
They added, “Loan growth should remain muted on merged like to like basis with margin pressure.”
Dhananjay Sinha, Head, Institutional Research, Economist and Strategist at Emkay said, "We are estimating a loss for SBI in Q4FY18 as the bank with one of the highest outstanding restructured portfolios will have to absorb high credit cost.”
Sinha added, “We expect SBI to improve the loan growth from the Q3FY18 low of 2.5% yoy though it is likely to lag the systemic loan growth.”
Phillip Capital said, “Low single digit growth in loan book along with decline in NIM to contract NII. Slippage to remain elevated as the bank plans to dissolve the watch‐ list after FY18, by recognising balance stress as NPAs. High provision to overshadow profitability.”
Sinha further highlighted, “SBIN had earlier guided slippages to settle around Rs420bn in FY19E. If the bank reiterates the same, we should consider it a positive in light of recent Developments.”
During third quarter of FY18, SBI reported a net loss of Rs 2416.37 crore against net profit of Rs 2,610 crore in the same period previous year.
In that period, Gross NPAs stood at Rs 199,141.34 crore in Q3FY18 against gross NPAs of Rs 108,172.32 crore in Q3FY17 and Rs 186,114.6 crore in Q2FY18. In percentage terms, gross NPA was at 10.35% in Q3FY18 against 7.23% in Q3FY17 and 9.83% in Q2FY18.