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Bajaj Finance share price jumps over 7% on robust Q1 business update; brokerages raise target

CLSA upgraded Bajaj Finance to ‘Buy’ from ‘Outperform’, and raised target price to ₹9,000 per share from ₹6,000 earlier.

Bajaj Finance recorded its highest ever quarterly increase in its customer franchise of 3.84 MM in Q1FY24.Premium
Bajaj Finance recorded its highest ever quarterly increase in its customer franchise of 3.84 MM in Q1FY24.

Bajaj Finance share price rallied nearly 8% to hit a high of 7,916.70 apiece on the BSE after the company reported strong business update for the quarter ended June 2023, with robust volume and loan growth and healthy new customer acquisition.

The NBFC’s loan book grew 34% to 9.9 MM in the April-June quarter of the current fiscal from 7.2 MM in the corresponding period last year. The company’s customer franchise jumped to 72.98 MM as of June 30, 2023, compared to 60.30 MM in the year-ago period.

Bajaj Finance recorded its highest ever quarterly increase in its customer franchise of 3.84 MM in Q1FY24.

Read here: Bajaj Finance Q1FY24 Update: Loan book up 34%, AUM up 32% to 2.7 lakh crore; check details

Assets under management (AUM) grew by 32% to approximately 270,050 crore in Q1FY24 from 204,018 crore in Q1FY23. The company recorded the highest ever quarterly increase in its AUM of approximately 22,700 crore in Q1FY24.

The company’s consolidated net liquidity surplus stood at approximately 12,700 crore as of June 30, 2023. In addition, deposit book rose to 49,900 crore from 34,102 crore in the year-ago period, registering an annual growth of 46%.

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Global brokerage CLSA said Bajaj Finance’s loan growth beat estimates and its valuation offered further upside.

CLSA upgraded Bajaj Finance to ‘Buy’ from ‘Outperform’, and raised target price to 9,000 per share from 6,000 earlier.

“Bajaj Finance reported very strong pre-quarterly numbers for 1QFY24. While we expected 6%-7% QoQ AUM growth, the company delivered 9% QoQ growth, taking the YoY tally to 32%. This is extraordinary for an NBFC of its size," CLSA said. 

Moreover, new customer acquisition was healthy and volume growth in disbursements was a strong 34% YoY. This gives CLSA comfort that loan growth was not just ticket-size led. 

Morgan Stanley remained Overweight on the stock and raised the target price to 9,250 per share.

“AUM growth of 9.2% QoQ, 32% YoY with value and volume growth and strong customer acquisition should dispel loan growth debate," Morgan Stanley said.

The brokerage noted that the NBFC has a strong credit track record, while its ROA is at historical high. It sees this large liquid stock re-rating to 30x F25e P/E.

Bajaj Finance share price have rallied nearly 18% this year so far. 

At 9:55 am, the shares of Bajaj Finance were trading 6.44% higher at 7,808.00 apiece on the BSE.

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Published: 04 Jul 2023, 10:00 AM IST
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