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
Muthoot Finance Limited will be hitting the streets again next week to raise Rs. 500 crore in the public issue of its non-convertible debentures (NCDs). The company will be issuing its secured and unsecured NCDs across eleven different interest payment options. This will be Muthoot’s first public issue in the current financial year.
The issue will open on May 26 and is scheduled to remain open for a month to close on June 26. Like always, the company has the option to either close the issue earlier or extend it further depending on the response to the issue.
Here are the issue details for you as an investor to consider:
Interest Rates on Offer – Muthoot has decided to cut its interest rates by 50 basis points or 0.50% per annum across all the options over the interest rates it offered in its last issue. Also, the company was offering to double your money in 72 months till its last issue, which it has increased to 75 months this time around.
Credit Rating – ICRA has rated this issue as ‘AA-’ with a ‘Stable’ outlook. The outlook was ‘Negative’ till the last issue as there were many uncertainties that the gold loan industry was facing due to some tough measures taken by the finance ministry as well as the Reserve Bank of India.
Also, these NCDs are ‘Secured’ in nature, except those which promise to double your money in 75 months.
Minimum Investment – To invest in these NCDs, you need to invest a minimum amount of Rs. 10,000 i.e. 10 NCDs of Rs. 1,000 face value.
Listing – Muthoot will get these NCDs listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) within 12 days from the date the issue gets closed.
Demat/Physical Option – Though the investors have the option to apply for these NCDs in the physical form as well as the demat form, this option is limited to NCDs under options I to VI. Applicants will not be able to apply for allotment of these NCDs in physical form under options VII to XI i.e. these NCDs will be allotted only in dematerialised form under options VII to XI.
Taxability & TDS – Interest earned on these NCDs is taxable as per the tax slab of the investor and if the interest amount exceeds Rs. 5,000 in any financial year, then the company will deduct TDS on the interest amount.
Categories of Investors & Allocation Ratio – The investors have been classified in the following three categories and the maximum portion has been reserved for the retail investors:
Category I – Institutional Investors – 5% of the issue is reserved
Category II – Non-Institutional Investors, Corporates – 5% of the issue is reserved
Category III – Retail Individual Investors including HUFs – 90% of the issue is reserved
NRI Investment – Like in the past issues as well, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are not allowed to invest in these NCDs.
Gold prices have started to decline here in India. There are various reasons for that – a stronger rupee against the US dollar, the RBI easing the import curb norms, low demand due to high import duty and the US economy improving steadily. With an inevitable cut in import duty sooner or later, the gold prices are all set for a further decline.
With higher risks of gold prices coming down and concentrated business model, gold financing firms are set to face some riskier times ahead. I would personally avoid making any investment in gold financing companies, be it equity investment or debt investment.
Also, Religare and Edelweiss’ ECL Finance are planning to launch their respective NCD issues in the first fortnight of June. I would rather wait to check the interest rates and other features of those issues before I advise my clients to invest in any of these issues.
Application Form of Muthoot NCDs
Note: As per SEBI guidelines, ‘Bidding’ is mandatory before banking the application form, else the application is liable to get rejected. For bidding of your application, any further info or to invest in Muthoot NCDs, the investors can reach us at +919811797407