The interest rates on Bank fixed deposits may have touched the lowest levels (showing signs of an up-tick now) and the interest rates on popular small savings schemes are not very attractive either. Also, Tax Free Bond Issues are not available now. This is inducing many small investors to look out for better fixed income products which can give decent fixed rate of return.

NCDs or Non Convertible Debentures are one of the fixed income options that can satiate investors’ hunger for better yield.

Fixed income investors were spoilt for choice with four public issues of non-convertible debentures (NCDs) worth more than Rs 19,000 crore were launched during last 100 days to raise money to meet credit demand. The recent NCD Issues were offered by TATA Capital, Aadhar Housing, Indiabulls Commercial, Shriram Transport Finance, Manappuram Finance etc.,.

Shriram Transport Finance Co Ltd is proposing to offer latest NCD issue. Shriram Transport Finance is going to offer Secured and redeemable NCDs. The proposed public issue will be open for subscription from 7th January, 2019 to 31st January, 2019.

What is a Debenture?

Debenture is a type of Debt instrument which offers a fixed rate of interest for a specified tenure. Companies or governments use debentures to borrow money. Debentures are simply loans taken by the companies and do not provide the ownership in the company.

What are NCDs?

Debentures are of two types Convertible and Non-Convertible. The convertible debentures are the ones that can be converted into equity shares at a later time. This convertibility provides attraction to the investor but yield lower interest rates. Non convertible debentures does not convert into equity shares thus can yield a higher interest rate.

An NCD can be Secured or Unsecured. Secured NCDs are backed by the issuer company’s assets to fulfill the debt obligation unlike unsecured NCDs. Below is a short video on ‘basics of NCDs’.

Shriram Transport Finance NCD Jan 2019 Public Issue – Key Features

Shriram Transport Finance Company Limited (STFC) was established in 1979 and has a long track record of over three decades in the commercial vehicle financing industry in India. The Company has been registered as a deposit-taking NBFC with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) since 4 September 2000.

STFC is a part of the Shriram group of companies, which has a strong presence in financial services in India, including commercial vehicle financing, consumer finance, life and general insurance, stock broking, chit funds and distribution of financial products, such as life and general insurance products and mutual fund products.

The Assets Under Management has grown from Rs 79,489.59 crores as of March 31, 2017 on a standalone basis to Rs 95,306.02 crores (comprising assets under financing activities of Rs 80514.15 crores and loan assets securitised and assigned of Rs 1,4791.87 crores) as of March 31, 2018 on a standalone basis. The Net NPAs as a percentage of Net Loan Assets was 2.83% and 2.66% as of March 31, 2018, and March 31, 2017 respectively.

Below are the few important details about upcoming Shriram Transport Finance Jan 2019 NCD issue (FY 2018-19) ;

  • NCD Issue opening Date : 7th January, 2019
  • Issue Closes on : 31st Jan, 2019.
  • Interest Rate or Coupon Rate on NCDs : The ROI ranges from 9.12% to 9.70% depending on the category of investor and tenure of the NCDs.
  • Additional Incentive : The initial allottees who are Senior Citizens on the Deemed Date of Allotment shall be eligible for an additional incentive of 0.25% p.a. provided the NCDs issued under the proposed Tranche are continued to be held by such individual investors on the relevant Record Date for the relevant Interest Payment date.
  • Senior Citizen Applicants making online applications through electronic mode should provide the copy of their PAN card by quoting their Application number, Demat Account number to the Registrar either through email / post / courier, for availing additional incentive applicable for Senior Citizens.
    • Other Senior Citizen Applicants, applying by submitting the application form physically through the Designated Intermediaries at the respective Collection Centres/ SCSBs, should enclose the copy of PAN Card along with their application, for availing additional incentive applicable for Senior Citizens.
  • Issue Size : Base Issue size is Rs 200 cr (with an option to retain over-subscription amount of up to Rs 500 cr for Tranche-III.)
  • Mode of Issue : Demat only
  • Face Value or Issue Price of one NCD is Rs 1,000.
  • Available Tenor options : 3 / 5 / 10 years.
  • Frequency of Interest payment : Monthly & Annual. Cumulative options are also available for 3 / 5 year NCD Series.
  • Minimum Application size : Rs 10,000 (10 NCDs) and in multiple of Rs 1,000 thereafter.
  • Listing : The NCDs are proposed to be listed on NSE & BSE stock exchanges.
  • Security & Asset Cover : The Company and Promoter will create and maintain appropriate security in favour of the Debenture Trustee for the NCD Holders on the assets adequate to ensure required asset cover for the Secured NCDs.
  • Credit Ratings : The NCDs have been rated ‘CRISIL AA+/Stable’ by CRISIL for an amount of upto Rs. 5,000 Crores and ‘IND AA+: Outlook Stable’ by India Ratings and Research for an amount upto Rs. 5,000 Crores.
  • Issue Allocation Ratio : 40% of the Issue is for retail investors & 40% for HNIs (HNIs – individuals (applying for an amount of > Rs 10 lakh).
  • PUT & Call options : No Put & Call options are available. (What are Put & Call options? – NCDs can have Put or Call options. If a company issues a ‘Callable Debenture’, it means that it can be redeemed by the Issuer (company) before the bond’s maturity. A debenture with a ‘Put option’ works in exactly the opposite manner, wherein the investor can sell the bond to the issuer at a specified price before its maturity.)
  • Allotment of NCDs is on ‘first come, first serve’ basis.
  • NRIs are not eligible to apply to this NCD issue.

Shriram Transport Finance NCD Jan 2019 Public Issue – & Coupon Rates

Shriram Transport Finance NCD Jan 2019 Public Issue Interest rates Latest NCD Issue by Shriram pic

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Debentures & Taxation 

  • TDS is not applicable on the listed debentures’ interest payouts (which are in Demat form). Else, TDS will be applicable if the interest exceeds the threshold limit of Rs.5,000/- in a financial year.
  • Interest earned on NCD bonds is taxable as per the tax slab of the investor.
  • If you sell NCDs on stock exchange before one year from the date of purchase, Short Term Capital Gains Tax is applicable. Tax rates depend on the tax slab you fall into.
  • If you sell NCDs on stock exchange before maturity but after one year, Long Term Capital Gains Tax (if any) at 20% with indexation & 10% without indexation is applicable.

Should you invest in Shriram Transport Finance’s Latest NCD Issue (Jan 2019)?

As we all are aware that interest rates on fixed income securities have reached their lowest levels. The bank interest rates are showing some signs of up-trend, hence it is advisable to avoid investing in medium to long-term NCDs now. Also, the NPA (Non-Performing Assets) related problems have been plaguing the banking sector (NBFCs as well). Also, the current cash/liquidity crunch may have a deeper impact on NBFCs businesses in the near future.

Considering this scenario, if you could afford to take some risk, looking for regular interest income and are in 10% or 20% income tax slab rate, you may consider investing in 3 year NCD Series. But, kindly understand the risks associated with NCDs and then take informed decision.

Before investing in NCDs, kindly calculate your post tax returns on debentures and take your decision, as the interest payouts are taxable.

Post-tax returns = Pre-Tax returns * { (100-Tax Rate) / 100 }

Are NCDs totally risk-free? – No, they are not risk-free. These carry higher risk than bank deposits. The main risk with NCDs is default risk. The issuer may not be able pay the interest payments.

NCDs are relatively safer assets than Stocks and mutual funds but they are riskier than bank FDs and Government bonds. NCD Issuers normally do not default but when things go drastically wrong, they may face problem in paying the investors.

The main risk with NCDs is default risk. The issuer may not be able to pay the interest payments. NCD Issuers, especially the top business groups, normally do not default but when things go drastically wrong, they may face problem in paying the investors. In such a scenario, secured NCD holders (if any) would be given higher priority than the holders of Subordinated NCDs.

Kindly keep in mind all the above points when investing in NCDs. Also, do not invest your entire savings or investible surplus in one NCD issue alone.

You may consider other alternative fixed income avenues like Debt oriented Mutual Funds, Hybrid Mutual Funds, Post office MIS scheme, PPF, Post office Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, 7.75% GoI Bonds etc.,

Have you invested in any of the recent Public Issues of NCDs (Mahindra Finance (Jan 2019 Issue) / Manappuram Finance / Shriram Transport Finance / TATA Capital  / Indiabulls Commercial )? Do you prefer NCDs to Bank FDs? Do you believe that upcoming NCDs may offer even better interest rates? Kindly share your views. Cheers!

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(Featured Image courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at FreeDigitalPhotos.net) (Post first published on : 29-December-2018) (This article is based on limited available information, if required, the content will be edited.)



9.70% Shriram Transport Finance NCD Jan 2019

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