This post is written by Shiv Kukreja, who is a Certified Financial Planner and runs a financial planning firm, Ojas Capital in Delhi/NCR. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tata Capital Financial Services Limited (TCFSL) is launching its public issue of secured redeemable non-convertible debentures (NCDs) and unsecured subordinated redeemable NCDs from the coming Monday, September 10, 2018. The issue is rated ‘AAA’ by the rating agencies CRISIL and CARE and will carry an effective annual rate of 9.10% for 10 years, 8.90% for 5 years and 8.80% for 3 years.
The company aims to raise Rs. 7,500 crore from this issue, including a green-shoe option of Rs. 5,500 crore. The issue is scheduled to close on September 21, but in case of oversubscription, the company will have the option to foreclose it.
Before we dig further to find out if the issue is worth investing, let us first check some of the key features of this issue.
Size & Objective of the Issue – Base size of the issue is Rs. 2,000 crore and there is a provision for the company to exercise the green-shoe option to raise an additional Rs. 5,500 crore in case of oversubscription, thus making it a Rs. 7,500 crore issue. The company plans to use at least 75% of the issue proceeds for its lending activities and to repay its existing loans and up to 25% of the proceeds for general corporate purposes.
Coupon Rate & Tenor of the Issue – As mentioned above, the company is issuing these NCDs for a period of 3 years, 5 years and 10 years. These NCDs will carry coupon rates in the range of 8.80% to 9.10%, with annual interest payment as the only interest payment option.
Unsecured, Subordinated 10-Year Option – NCDs issued for a period of 10 years would yield you 9.10% on an annual basis, but would also be unsecured and subordinated in nature. That would mean the investors of these NCDs will have no or fewer rights to seek compensation by selling certain assets of the company in case it defaults on its regular interest payments and/or principal repayment.
Minimum Investment – Investors need to apply for a minimum of 10 NCDs in this issue with face value Rs. 1,000 each i.e. an investment of Rs. 10,000 at least.
Categories of Investors & Allocation Ratio – The investors have been classified in the following four categories and each category will have the below mentioned percentage fixed in the allotment:
Category I – Institutional Investors – 20% of the issue i.e. Rs. 1,500 crore
Category II – Non-Institutional Investors – 20% of the issue i.e. Rs. 1,500 crore
Category III – High Net-Worth Individuals (HNIs) – 30% of the issue i.e. Rs. 2,250 crore
Category IV – Retail Individual Investors (RIIs) – 30% of the issue i.e. Rs. 2,250 crore
Allotment on First-Come First-Served Basis – Subject to the allocation ratio, allotment will be made on a first-come first-served basis, as well as on a date priority basis, i.e. on the date of oversubscription, the allotment will be made on a proportionate basis to all the applicants of that day on which it gets oversubscribed.
NRIs Not Allowed – Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), foreign nationals and qualified foreign investors (QFIs) among others are not eligible to invest in this issue.
Credit Rating & Nature of NCDs – CRISIL and CARE have rated this issue as ‘AAA’ with a ‘Stable’ outlook. Moreover, these NCDs will be ‘Secured’ in nature for a period of 3 and 5 years, and ‘Unsecured’ in nature for 10 years.
Listing, Premature Withdrawal Option – These NCDs will get listed on both the stock exchanges i.e. Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) as well as National Stock Exchange (NSE). The listing will take place within 12 working days after the issue gets closed. As there will be no option of a premature redemption, the investors can always sell these bonds on the stock exchanges.
Demat A/c. Mandatory – Demat account is mandatory to invest in these NCDs as the company is not providing the option to apply for these NCDs in physical or certificate form.
TDS – Though the interest income would be taxable with these bonds, NCDs held in demat form will not attract any TDS. The investor will have to pay tax on the interest income while filing his/her income tax return.
Should you invest in Tata Capital Financial Services NCDs?
India has clocked 8.2% GDP growth in the first quarter of the current financial year, and with rising crude prices, 10-year bond yield has again jumped to cross the psychological mark of 8%. So, in a rising bond yield scenario, investors expect banks and companies to offer higher interest rates on their deposits.
However, the company has decided to offer even lower interest rates than offered by the companies in the last six months or so, probably because it has been rated ‘AAA’ by the rating agencies and the brand name of Tata behind it.
I consider these coupon rates offered by a private company to be below my expectations. One can consider investing in gilt funds or other debt funds as compared to these low-yield NCDs. However, conservative investors can consider investing in these NCDs, as it is not easy to find many ‘AAA’ rated issues these days offering coupon rates higher than the bank FDs.
Investors, who fall in the lower tax brackets and are looking for relatively safer options to invest their investible surplus, can think of investing in this issue. Again, I think one should go for the shortest possible time period to invest with a private company. So, either a 3-year option or 5-year option should be chosen to invest in these NCDs.
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