Livemint : Nov 25, 2019, 12:28 PM
The IPO of Kerala-based CSB Bank, formerly known as Catholic Syrian Bank, is open for subscription. The issue, which opened on Friday, was fully subscribed on Day 1 itself, with strong interest seen from retail investors. CSB Bank IPO will close tomorrow (November 26). CSB Bank is aiming to raise up to ₹410 crore and has fixed a price of ₹193-195 per share for the IPO. Axis Capital and IIFL Securities are managing the offer. On Thursday, CSB Bank raised ₹184 crore from anchor investors.As of 10:30 am today, CSB Bank IPO was subscribed nearly 1.5 times.Lot Size75 equity shares and in multiples of 75 thereafter.RegistrarLink Intime India Private Limited is the registrar to the offer.Allotment and Listing - tentative datesCSB Bank shares will be listed on both BSE and NSE. The tentative date for share allotment finalisation is likely to be December 02, 2019 and listing date December 4, 2019, according to brokerages.CSB Bank IPO comprises a fresh issue of ₹24 crore and an offer-for-sale of 1,97,78,298 equity shares, including an anchor portion of 94,54,080 equity shares.Post IPO, the holding of its promoter entity, Fairfax India Holdings Corporation, will go down to 49.73% from the present 50.09%. According to RBI regulations, the promoter has to reduce stake to 40% in five years, 30% in 10 years and 15% in 15 years.As on September 30, 2019, CSB Bank had a network of 412 branches. Gold loans constituted a major portion of CSB’s advances, contributing 33.17% of its total advances as on September 30, 2019, respectively, according to brokerages.The bank has returned to black with a profit of ₹44 crore for the first half of this fiscal. Its gross NPAs decreased to 4.87% as of March 31, 2019 from 7.25% as of March 31, 2017. The net NPAs decreased to 2.27% as of March 31, 2019 from 4.12% as of March 31, 2017."While CSB Bank has a long operating history as a traditional bank, it is currently focusing on implementation of strategic changes in its business model to function efficiently as a full service new age private sector bank backed by its new marquee investor, Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa's Fairfax India Holdings Corporation," HDFC Securities said in a note.What analysts sayICICI Securities has a subscribe rating to the issue, banking on the turnaround theme. “CSB’s performance has not been encouraging in the past with rise in NPA level. However, new promoter and strong management brings capital and execution strength on the table which bodes well for future growth as well as earnings. Therefore, we assign a subscribe recommendation to the stock. Further, at the IPO price band of ₹193-195, the stock is available at a price per book value of about 2.2 times at the upper band on H1FY20 basis," ICICI Securities said in a note.Jaikishan Parmar, senior equity research analyst at Angel Broking, says, "At the upper end of the price band, CSB Bank demands adjusted price/book multiple of 2.4 times of Q2FY2020 adjusted book value, which we believe is expensive considering the investment concerns. Similar banks are trading at lower valuation than CSB and have better return ratio (DCB Bank at P/ABV of 1.73x, Federal Bank at 1.36x, South Indian Bank at 0.5x, City Union Bank at 3.23x and Karur Vysya Bank at 0.8x). We believe investors should wait for price discovery before taking any investment decision. "“The bank is planning to open new branches (350-400) over the next 3-4 years, which will keep cost to income elevated," says Angel Broking in a note.Angel Broking has a neutral view on the issue.