For FY19 Improved Affordable Housing Sector: Repco Home Finance
MD of Repco Home Finance and Investec Capital Services said probably in FY19, you will see a lot of improvement in the affordable housing sector. As on affordable housing segment, earlier there were a lot of issues on the supply side but now a lot of private players are also coming forward. So, it is expected to have a lot of demand for this sector and housing finance sector will have a good share. Interest rates from banks are at a cheaper rate than before.
Bond yields have moved up by 53 basis points so far in Q3FY18 to 7.19 percent. This hardening of bond yields is likely to impact the cost of funds for non-banking financial companies (NBFCs).
Their cost of funds has come down in the recent past. Most of the banks have brought down the marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR).
MD of Capital Services said they are focusing on 10-year G-Sec which has gone up almost 60 bps from its lows but the yield curve has steepened. There will not be immediate impact on cost of funds for housing finance companies (HFCs) and current interest rate for HFCs is lower than what it was three years ago.
According to him, cost of funds may slightly inch lower in coming quarters as well. There is a significant impact on yields, he added.
Incremental margins have reduced for HFCs and it will take 5-6 quarters to see the actual impact on net interest margins (NIMs) for HFCs, he further mentioned.
Among NBFCs, housing finance sector is the only sector which has consistently shown 20 percent growth with no asset quality issues. They are positive on the sector and HDFC Ltd remains their top pick in the space, he said.
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