Brookfield-backed IndoStar Capital Finance Eyes 800 Branches In Four Years

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Brookfield-backed IndoStar Capital Finance, which saw Deep Jaggi coming on board as chief executive officer (CEO), wants to expand its network to 700-800 branches in the next four-five years.

The non-banking financial company (NBFC) expects to grow loan book 4-5 times and also enter financing of used cars and tractors as part of its medium-term strategy.

R Sridhar, executive vice-chairman, will relinquish office on completing a five-year term in April 2022. Jaggi joined the NBFC as chief business officer in October 2020.

Private equity players like and Everstone hold a majority stake in the company. Its stock closed higher by 5.9 per cent at Rs 252.3 per share on BSE.

Jaggi said, in an analysts’ call, that the company is looking at 4-5 times growth in the medium term.

In the current financial year (FY22), it plans to double the number of branches in the network. The bank had about 200 branches in March 2021 and aims to reach 400 branches by March 2022. It wants to increase penetration in tier II, III and IV cities to emerge as a pan-Indian finance company.

Its assets, on a consolidated basis, stood at Rs 9,814 crore at the end of September 2021. Commercial vehicle (CV) finance portfolio was Rs 3,524 crore and SME finance was Rs 1,506 crore. Housing finance loan book was Rs 1,028 crore and corporate finance portfolio was Rs 1,646 crore.

The focus of its business will now be on giving money for used vehicles and affordable housing finance. Now, 80 per cent of the CV portfolio comprises used vehicles. This line of activity has high net interest margins, said Jaggi.

Used vehicles’ business is an under-penetrated segment. Besides CV, IndoStar will add more products like funding of used cars and tractors.

The CV segment is showing a revival and freight rates for truckers have improved by 5-10 per cent in December. There is a rise in freight demand.

For affordable housing, it is looking at funding self-constructed units with a loan value of Rs 8-10 lakh.

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