Equitas Holdings IPO
Equitas Holdings IPO opens on 5 April in what is India’s first IPO of small finance bank.
Chennai-based Equitas Holdings is a diversified financial services provider focused on individuals and micro and small enterprises (MSEs) that are underserved by formal financing channels. The company’s focus customer segment includes low income groups and economically weaker individuals operating small businesses, as well as MSEs with limited access to formal financing channels on account of their informal, variable and cash-based income profile. These customers require various financial products including small, short-term business loans as well as relatively large, longer tenor enterprise and home loans. Equitas offers a range of financial products and services that address the specific requirements of these customer segments that take into account their income profile, nature of business and kind of security available.
- Microfinance – Equitas provides loans ranging between INR5,000 and INR35,000 to its customers. The microfinance business is conducted through a wholly-owned subsidiary EMFL. As of March 31, 2015, EMFL was the fifth largest microfinance company in India in terms of gross loan portfolio (Source: CRISIL MF Opinion). The microfinance business AUM was INR23,194.83 million as of June 30, 2015, which represented 52.49% of Equitas’ aggregate AUM. As of June 30, 2015, there were 2.58 million loan accounts in the microfinance business.
- Vehicle Finance – The company’s used commercial vehicle finance customers are typically first-time formal financial channel borrowers purchasing commercial vehicles. Its customers also include small fleet operators. The Average Loan Account Size (calculated as the aggregate disbursement amount in the relevant fiscal period divided by the number of loan accounts disbursed in such period) in the vehicle finance business in fiscal 2015 and three months ended June 30, 2015 was INR0.38 million and INR0.38 million, respectively. The vehicle finance business AUM was INR12,489.16 million as of June 30, 2015, which represented 28.26% of Equitas’ aggregate AUM. As of June 30, 2015, there were 45,029 loan accounts in the vehicle finance business.
- Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) Finance – Equitas provides asset backed financing primarily focused on self-employed individuals operating MSEs, typically in urban and semi-urban locations. The Average Loan Account Size for MSEs was INR0.23 million and INR0.22 million, respectively, in fiscal 2015 and the three months ended June 30, 2015. The MSE finance business AUM was INR6,561.91 million as of June 30, 2015, representing 14.85% of Equitas’ aggregate AUM. As of June 30, 2015, there were 29,627 loan accounts in its MSE finance business. In the three months ended June 30, 2015, the proportion of the MSE loan accounts disbursed to microfinance customers was, 72.97%.
- Housing Finance – Equitas focuses on providing micro-housing and affordable-housing loans to selfemployed individuals who have limited access to loans from banks and larger housing finance companies. The Average Loan Account Size for micro-housing loans and affordable-housing loans was INR0.26 million and INR1.19 million, respectively, in fiscal 2015 while it was INR0.29 million and INR1.16 million, respectively, in the three months ended June 30, 2015. The housing finance business AUM was INR1,945.12 million as of June 30, 2015, which represented 4.40 % of aggregate AUM for Equitas. As of June 30, 2015, there were 3,360 loan accounts in the housing finance business.