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Microsec is bullish on LIC Housing Finance

Microsec is bullish on LIC Housing Finance (LICHF) and has recommended buy rating on the stock with a target of Rs 317 in its August research report.

“LICHF’s strong sustainable business structure along with strong parent and thoughtful business activities has helped the company to absorb the opportunity in the industry, which has boosted its topline and bottomline growth. Operating profit has grown at a CAGR of 30.08% over the period of 2008-12. Whereas, Profit after Tax (PAT) grew at a CAGR of 23.81% over the same period. Despite high inflation coupled with high cost of capital scenario, LIC Housing has maintained its earnings growth. The company’s total income stood at Rs 6215.12 crores in FY12, registered a YoY growth of 27.65%. LICHF registered CAGR growth of 29.88% on total income over the period of 2008-12. Moreover, the company has reported a YoY growth of ~26% in the quarter ended June 2012.”

“Despite an overall slowdown in industry due to high mortgage rates and high price level specially in Tier 1 cities, LIC Housing has still been able to grow at higher rate than industry and increased its market share. The outstanding mortgage portfolio of the company in FY12 was INR63080.15 crores as against INR51089.84 crores in FY11, registered a growth of 23.47%. Moreover, as of Q1FY13, company’s individual loan portfolio stood INR62361 crores whereas, project loan stood at INR3283 crores, which is in the proportion of 19:1.”

“LIC Housing Finance is well positioned to deliver sustainable and profitable growth backed by strong disbursement in the mid and small housing segment. At the CMP of INR249.90, the stock is trading at FY12 PE of 13.02x and P/BV of 2.22x. The current valuation of 1.87x FY13E and 1.59x FY14E Book Value looks attractive. We recommend a buy on the stock with a target price of Rs.317 (2.02x FY14E BV) with an upside of 27% from the current level with an investment horizon of 18 months,” says Microsec research report.

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