The benchmark Nifty50 hit an all-time high of 9,294.90 today, as heavyweights Reliance and HDFC twins made fresh 52 weeks high. Shares of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) surged 3.55% to Rs 1,467.75 on the back of robust Q4 results announced yesterday. Shares of HDFC Bank, continuing their stellar run from last week’s Q4 results, rose 0.45% to Rs 1,539.90, while shares of Housing Development and Finance Corporation Ltd rose 1.76% to Rs 1,557.60, on optimism that the government’s interest subsidy scheme will boost affordable housing.
RIL fiscal fourth-quarter net profit rose 12.3% on-year to Rs 8,046 crore, as higher oil prices helped boost the company’s refining and petrochemical products prices and revenues. Turnover for the Jan-Mar quarter rose 45.2% on-year to Rs 92,889 crore while for the full fiscal year 2016-17, RIL reported highest ever net profit at Rs 29,901 crore. The company surprised on Gross Refining Margins, reporting it at $11.50 per barrel of oil for the quarter that ended March 31, up from $10.8/bbl in the same quarter a year ago.
The refining and marketing business revenue rose about 50% to Rs 72,045 crore in Jan-Mar. RIL’s revenue from the petrochemicals business rose 26.4% on-year in the fourth quarter to Rs 26,478 crore, with Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) for this segment rising 25.8% to Rs 3,441 crore.
The organised retail segment grew at a scorching pace, with the fiscal fourth quarter revenue rising 83% on-year to Rs 10,332 crore. “During the quarter, Reliance Retail added 63 stores across various store concepts,” Reliance Industries said.
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Backed by good fundamentals, share prices of HDFC Bank, largest private sector lender, have risen almost 40% during last year. Last week, HDFC Bank had reported that the NPAs (non-performing assets) remained stable in the fiscal fourth quarter, even as talk about the stress in the banking sector on account of bad debts and stressed assets gained momentum. The bank has fared well on the aspect of bad loans, with its Gross Non Performing Assets (NPA) remaining flat on-quarter at 1.05% during Jan-Mar. Absolute gross NPAs were at Rs 5,885.7 crore in the latest reporting period, rising from Rs 5,232 crore in the preceding quarter. Bank’s Net NPA rose marginally to 0.33% in the quarter from 0.32% from the preceding three-month period.
“While in absolute terms, provisions have gone up by INR 546 Cr, almost half of the incremental provisions can be attributed to the general growth in loan book and standard asset provisions there on,” Siddharth Purohit, Senior Equity Research Analyst – Banking, Angel Broking, had said in a note after HDFC Bank Q4 results were announced.
Meanwhile, the parent company Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd has been gaining traction on optimism that the government’s interest subsidy scheme will boost affordable housing, as reported by PTI. HDFC Ltd has already disbursed about Rs 400 crore under the plan and sees a huge growth potential going ahead. “The Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) to boost demand for affordable housing can be a game changer and help revive the real estate sector, which is facing a multi-year slowdown and other related industries,” HDFC MD Renu Sud Karnad had said earlier last week.