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9.25% Muthoot Finance NCD Issue Jan 2017 – Details & Review

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Muthoot Finance has opened its public issue of NCDs on 17th Jan 2017. This NCD issue is offering  yield upto 9.25% and have 11 different investment options.

Latest NCD issue of Reliance Home Finance (22nd Dec 2016) was over-subscribed 3 times the issue size on day one itself. NCD issue of SREI Equipment finance was subscribed in 4 days only.

In this post, I am trying to put details around how good this Muthoot Finance NCD is ? What are the postive and negative factors of Muthoot Finance NCD? Who should invest in Muthoot Finance NCD?

Key Features of Muthoot Finance NCD

  • NCD Issue Open: 17-Jan-2017
  • NCD Issue Closing date: 17-Feb- 2017  (but expected to subscribe early)
  • Type of Instrument: Secured redeemable non-convertible debentures (NCD) for 18-60 months, Unsecured for 96 months.
  • Size of Issue:  Base Issue size is Rs 200 cr (with an Option to retain over-subscription amount up to Rs 1,400 Crores, out of which up to Rs 1,300 cr is allocated for Secured NCDs and Rs 100 cr for un-secured NCDs.
  • Minimum & Maximum Investment: minimum 10 NCD of Rs 1000 each = Rs 10000.
  • Listing: Proposed to be listed on BSE  (within 12 working days of closing the issue)
  • NRI–   Non Resident Indian (NRI) cannot invest in this issue
  • Credit Rating– Credit Rating of ‘AA (Stable)’ by ICRA and ‘AA/Stable’ by CRISIL for Secured NCDs for an amount of Rs. 1,300 Crores and Credit Rating of ‘AA (Stable)’ by ICRA and ‘AA/Stable’ by CRISIL for Unsecured NCDs for an amount of Rs. 100 Crores.
  • Interest Payable – Monthly, Annual & Cumulative (on maturity date of NCDs).
  • Issue Allocation or Allotment method:   First come first served basis

There are no PUT & Call options for these Secured NCDs. (which means the NCD issuer cannot redeem before bond’s maturity and the investor cannot sell the bond to the issuer. Investor can however sell the bonds in the secondary market on exchanges.

Interest rate options for Muthoot Finance NCD

Option Type Months Face Value Interest Interest Maturity
I Secured 24 Rs 1000 Monthly 8.75% Rs 1000
II Secured 36 Rs 1000 Monthly 9.0% Rs 1000
III Secured 60 Rs 1000 Monthly 9.0% Rs 1000
IV Secured 24 Rs 1000 Annual 9.0% Rs 1000
V Secured 36 Rs 1000 Annual 9.25% Rs 1000
VI Secured 60 Rs 1000 Annual 9.25% Rs 1000
VII Secured 400 days Rs 1000 Maturity 8.25% Rs 1091
VIII Secured 18 Rs 1000 Maturity 8.5% Rs 1131
IX Secured 24 Rs 1000 Maturity 8.75% Rs 1182
X Secured 39 Rs 1000 Maturity 9.0% Rs 1295
XI UnSecured 96 Rs 1000 Maturity 9.06% Rs 2000

About Company & this NCD Issue

  • Muthoot Finance is the largest gold loan finance company in India
  • It has issued variosu NCD in the past (both secured and unsecured)
  • For secured NCD, the aseets of the company are backed up for principal & interest. For Unsecured NCD, the aseets of the company are not backed up, therefore in case company is closed, investors will get not get any preference in repayment of capital and interest.

Taxation Aspect

NCDs taken in the DMAT form will NOT attract any TDS on the interest income.

However, if NCD are taken in physical form, TDS will be applicable if the interest amount exceeds Rs. 5,000.

Internest earned on NCD Taxable as per tax slab of Investor
If sold on exchange (before 12 months) Short term capital gain / loss Taxable as per tax slab of Investor
If sold on exchange (after 12 months) Long term capital gain / loss  Taxable @ 10.30% without indexation

In case of an individual or HUF, being a resident, where the total income as reduced by such long-term capital gains is below the maximum amount which is not chargeable to income-tax, then, such long-term capital gains shall be reduced by the amount by which the total income as so reduced falls short of the maximum amount which is not chargeable to income-tax and the tax on the balance of such long-term capital gains shall be computed at the rate mentioned above.

Tax Saving in case of Long term capital Gains

By investment in Capital Gain Bonds Under Section 54EC of the I.T. Act, long term capital gains arising to the debenture holders on transfer of their debentures in the company shall not be chargeable to tax to the extent such capital gains are invested in certain notified bonds within six months after the date of transfer.
By investment in residential property As per the provisions of Section 54F of the I.T. Act, any long-term capital gains on transfer of a long term capital asset (not being residential house) arising to a Debenture Holder who is an individual or Hindu Undivided Family, is exempt from tax if the entire net sales consideration is utilized, within a period of one year before, or two years after the date of transfer, in purchase of a new residential house, or for construction of residential house within three years from the date of transfer.

How to Apply

  • Physical Form – You can download the Form and submit to designated bank branches alongwith cheque. (Link to download  Muthoot Finance Jan 2017 Form)
  • Online – You can invest online in DMAT form through your online share trading account or through your broker.

Comparison

There are other NCDs available in the secondary market that are giving better yield (YTM). However, these NCDs have lower balance duration and the purchase will incur small brokerage cost.

  • Reliance Home Finance NCD (Jan 2017) –  max interest offered 9.75% 
  • SREI Equipment Finance NCD  (Jan 2017) – max interest offered 9.40%  

Positive factors

  • Attractive Interest rates of 9.25% as compare to Banks FD rates (approx 8%)
  • Company has issued NCD in 2012 & 2013 also at much higher rate of 12%, and have repaid investors on time

Negative factors

  • NCDs are not very liquid. Though they are listed on exchanges but trading volumes are low to get right price.
  • For an investor in the highest tax bracket, it doesn’t make sense to invest in these as the net returns are comparable with that of the tax-free bonds.

Summary

  • Attractive Interest:  Investors who are looking for steady income  can go for this NCD as the Interest rate is attractive and rating is AA.
  • Capital Gain:  If the interest rates fall (most likely), these bonds are most likely be traded at premium, thereby having chance of capital gain as well (in addition to the coupon interest).

Though the interest rate is quite attractive, remember that the NCDs are not very liquid in the market. If you are ready to lock in money for that duration without much risk, then you can go for these NCD.

If you looking for Debt instruments only, then you can consider investing in Debt mutual funds, PPF etc

If you are looking for better returns over long term, you should consider investing in Equity Mutual funds.

If you have any queries related to this article or any other personal finance query ( Investment, Taxation etc), please comment below

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