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Business News/ Markets / Stock Markets/  Stocks to Watch: HDFC Bank, Dabur, Hero MotoCorp, Prestige Group, RBL Bank

Stocks to Watch: HDFC Bank, Dabur, Hero MotoCorp, Prestige Group, RBL Bank

Here are a few stocks likely to be in focus on Friday, April 5:

The NSE F&O ban list for April 5 includes Hindustan Copper, SAIL and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. (Photo: Reuters)Premium
The NSE F&O ban list for April 5 includes Hindustan Copper, SAIL and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. (Photo: Reuters)

HDFC Bank: The bank announced a 55.4% year-on-year (YoY) increase in gross advances, reaching 25.08 lakh crore as of March 31, 2024. This is a significant rise from the 16.14 lakh crore reported as of March 31, 2023. On a sequential basis, the bank's advances grew by 1.6%, from 24.69 lakh crore in December 2023. The bank also reported substantial growth in its domestic retail loans, with a YoY increase of approximately 108.9% and a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) increase of around 3.7%. In Q4FY24, HDFC Bank's deposits totaled approximately 23.80 lakh crore, marking a YoY increase of 26.4% and a QoQ increase of 7.5%. The bank's CASA deposits in the fourth quarter of FY24 rose by 8.7% to 9.09 lakh crore, up from 8.36 lakh crore as of March 2023. The sequential growth in CASA deposits was 8.8%.

Hero MotoCorp: The company announced on Thursday that it has been served a tax demand notice from the Income Tax Department. The notice amounts to a total of 605 crore, inclusive of interest, for six assessment years (FY14 to FY18 & FY20). On April 3, the company received assessment orders/demand notices dated March 30, 2024, related to the aforementioned six assessment years, as per an exchange filing by Hero MotoCorp. The received orders/notices pertain to six assessment years and amount to a tax demand of 308.65 crore, along with an interest of 296.22 crore. This demand is due to certain disallowances for the assessment years 2013-14 to 2017-18 and 2019-20, as stated by Hero MotoCorp.

Prestige Group: The real estate developer has acquired a 21-acre plot in Whitefield, a prime tech hub in Bengaluru, for a sum of 450 crore. The company plans to use this land for a residential project that will span around 4 million sq. ft and house 1,800 apartments. This acquisition marks the second major land deal for the Bengaluru-headquartered developer this year. Earlier in March, it had purchased a 62.5-acre plot in Indirapuram Extension, Ghaziabad, for 468 crore. Irfan Razack, the Chairman and Managing Director of Prestige Group, anticipates that this large-scale project will yield a Gross Development Value (GDV) of 4,500 crore.

RBL Bank: On Thursday, the private sector lender revealed a 22% year-on-year (YoY) and 12% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) increase in its total deposits. The bank's gross advances also experienced robust growth, rising by 19% YoY and 5% over the previous quarter. Despite the strong performance, the CASA (current account savings account) ratio experienced fluctuations, standing at 35.2%, compared to 37.4% YoY and 33.8% QoQ. Retail advances surged by 29% YoY. Wholesale advances saw a growth of 7%, with commercial banking witnessing a 17% increase. The ratio of retail to wholesale advances remained approximately at 58:42.

Royal Orchid Hotels: Chander K. Baljee, chairman and managing director of Royal Orchid Hotels Ltd, said at the HICSA hospitality event that the company has entered into a contract to establish a 300-room five-star hotel at Terminal 2 of Mumbai Airport. The hotel, which is a minute's walk from the terminal, is slated to open its doors by the end of 2024. In the previous year, Royal Orchid Hotels, which also operates the Regenta Inn brand, had added three properties in Gurugram, Pune, and Goa to its portfolio through revenue-sharing agreements. Further, the company plans to introduce a new full-service hotel brand. However, Baljee chose not to disclose more information about this upcoming category.

IndusInd Bank: The bank announced on Thursday an 18% increase in advances, reaching 3,42,857 crore in the March quarter. This is a significant rise from the 2,89,924 crore reported at the end of the fourth quarter of the previous financial year. The bank also reported a 14% increase in deposits for the reviewed quarter, amounting to 3,84,789 crore, up from 3,36,438 crore in the same period last year. However, the bank's low-cost deposits, comprising current account and saving deposits (CASA), saw a decrease, standing at 37.9% compared to 40.1% of the total liabilities during the quarter.

Dabur India: The manufacturer of packaged consumer goods is expected to have achieved a mid-single digit increase in its consolidated revenues for the quarter ending in March, according to the company's quarterly update released on Thursday. Over the quarter, the company noticed a slow demand trend. However, a surge in rural growth, driven by staple price reductions, has helped to lessen the disparity between rural and urban areas. "Given the optimistic forecast for the rabi crop harvest and a normal monsoon, we anticipate a rise in consumption in the upcoming months. Dabur's consolidated revenue is projected to witness a mid-single digit growth during Q4 FY24," the company said in an exchange filing. The company has yet to disclose its annual and quarterly earnings.

Bajaj Finance: The company's customer base saw a substantial increase, reaching 83.64 million as of March 31, 2024, up from 69.14 million the previous year. This translates to a surge of 3.23 million customers during Q4 FY24. Despite the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposing restrictions on certain loan products, Bajaj Finance succeeded in securing 7.87 million new loans during Q4 FY24, marking a 4% growth compared to the same period last year. However, due to the regulatory constraints mentioned, the number of new loans was reduced by 0.80 million.

Nestle India: The National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (NCDRC) in New Delhi has rejected the Central government's case against Nestle India concerning alleged unfair trade practices in the sale of Maggi Noodles. In 2015, the government lodged a complaint against the company, accusing it of engaging in unfair trade practices by producing and marketing harmful and faulty goods to consumers in the form of Maggi noodles. The government had sought compensation of 284.55 crore and punitive damages amounting to 355.41 crore.

Larsen & Toubro: The company was penalized by Qatar's General Tax Authority, as revealed on Thursday, April 4. The authority imposed a fine of 60.84 crore (26,549,309 QAR) due to discrepancies in the company's declared income compared to the authority's assessment. The penalty, which was levied on Wednesday, April 3, pertains to the income declared for the fiscal year from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019. The company plans to contest the penalty, deeming it arbitrary and unjustified, as stated in a regulatory filing.

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Pranay Prakash
My experience as a Finance Journalist has involved working as a Web Producer and Sub Editor at a wire agency and business magazine, respectively, where I have curated various domain specific news pages, and later edited long-form, in-depth pieces on everything from India's corporates to the state of the economy, and various sectors. At Mint, I am involved in the editing of market copies and the curation of the live markets blog. Apart from the financial markets, my interest encompass topics related to the economy, the political economy of a growing economy, the space of policy design, and how it affects the wider economy and the decisions of corporates and consumers alike.
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Published: 05 Apr 2024, 07:53 AM IST
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