Finally, India’s first REIT ( real estate investment trust ) opens for subscription on March 18

India’s first REIT (real estate investment trust), Embassy Office Parks REIT plans to raise Rs. 4,750 crore from the market.

The REIT will open for subscription on March 18 and the bid process will close on March 20. The unit price for investment will be determined by the book building process.

According to the document, India’s office real estate market offers 7.5%-8.5% p.a rental yield.

Embassy Office Parks is a joint venture between Blackstone Group and Embassy Group. It holds around 33 million square feet of commercial properties spread across four metro cities Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune and Noida. Currently, it has leased 95% of its total properties of which, 43.4% have been rented to Fortune 500 companies.

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In December 2018, the portfolio had generated Rs. 1,611 crore of revenue from operations. It is expected to grow by 55.8% by FY2023, said the draft document.

Of the total sale offer, the Embassy Office Parks has allocated Rs.3900 crore for retail and institutional investors.

Of the 33 million sq ft, about 24 million sq ft is operational with 95 % occupancy, yielding a rental income of over Rs 2,000 crore annually. Another 3 million sq ft area is under construction and 6 million sq ft is in the pipeline.

The JV has top MNC clients in its commercial projects. Over 50 % of rent comes from Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan.

What is a REIT?

REIT is an investment tool that owns and operates rent-yielding real estate assets. It allows individual investors to invest in using this platform and earn income.

REITs are listed entities that invest in income-generating properties and distribute at least 90 % of their income proceeds to unit-holders through dividends. After registration with SEBI, units of REITs will have to be mandatorily listed on exchanges and traded like securities.

Properties listed through a REIT are typically commercial assets that can generate steady and lucrative rental income. Even government-run buildings can be placed under REITs.

REITs offer investors, with Rs 2 lakh in capital, an opportunity to invest in the commercial real estate market. Like listed shares, small investors can buy units of REITs from both primary and secondary markets.

According to a CBRE- CII report, a successful REIT listing would prompt other prominent asset holding companies such as Xander, Brookefield and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to issue their own offerings, thereby widening the real estate investment scenario in the country.

DISCLAIMER

No financial information whatsoever published anywhere here should be construed as an offer to buy or sell securities, or as advice to do so in any way whatsoever. All matter published here is purely for educational and information purposes only and under no circumstances should be used for making investment decisions. Readers must consult a qualified financial advisor before making any actual investment decisions, based on information published here.

 

Regulator tightens liquid fund norms to mitigate risks

After an introduction of side-pocketing in mutual funds, the Regulator has now tightened norms for liquid funds following a series of credit episodes.

As the market regulator looks to protect mutual fund investors from IL&FS-like default risks, debt schemes widely used by companies to park short-term cash are expected to turn less lucrative.

A regulator has decided to introduce mark-to-market valuation for debt securities having a maturity of 30 days and more. Simply put, liquid funds may become more volatile going forward.

Investors who are willing to ride the fluctuations that can come into a portfolio can consider liquid funds holding securities with longer tenors. But they should choose only those that come with good credit quality and have strict monitoring in place so that unexpected credit situations can’t bring down the values sharply.

“The residual maturity limit for amortization-based valuation by mutual funds shall be reduced from existing 60 days to 30 days.

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Currently, rules say that fund houses have to do mark-to-market valuations of securities having a maturity of 60 days and more.

Debt market experts believe that fund managers will reduce average maturity on their portfolio to less than 30 days to avoid doing mark-to-market valuation. Hence, they would sell debt instruments having a maturity between 31 days and 60 days.

“Liquid funds have been holding debt instruments with less than 60-day residual maturity so that they don’t have to mark-to-market it which helps in reducing volatility in liquid funds. As per the new rule, the market to market (amortisation) limit has been reduced to 30 days which means liquid funds will have to do mark-to-market for debt having residual maturity between 31 and 60 days. To avoid this, liquid funds will want to move to papers with residual maturity of less than 30 days. This will lead to an increase in yield for papers with residual maturity between 31 and 60 days and fund turnover will increase. With stamp duty coming into the picture, we can expect a marginal decrease in liquid fund returns.”

The regulator further said that the difference between traded price and price quoted by rating agencies of security should not exceed 0.025%. This was reduced from 0.1%.

The regulator has asked AMFI to appoint valuation agencies to provide a valuation of money market and debt securities rated below investment grade. Currently, most fund houses rely on ratings by agencies to derive NAV.

However, AMCs can deviate from the valuation provided by agencies by giving a rationale for such deviations.

Check the factsheet regularly if you are invested in debt and balance funds

A quick scan of a liquid fund as on 27 February 2019 shows that 41% of the funds have portfolios with less than 30 days to maturity and, thus, the new directive will not have much impact on their current portfolios. Of the rest, many of the funds have durations not exceeding 35 days where the impact will be negligible. A few funds have portfolio duration of 50-70 days and they may see some volatility. “With the change in valuation norms, liquid funds would witness a marginal reduction in maturity profile, to enable stability in the returns profile. We do not expect significant changes to the return profile with a marginal reduction in maturity.”

Overnight funds have been finding flavour with investors parking money for very short terms. The horizon of investments along with the spreads between liquid funds and overnight funds will continue to remain the key determinant for investors’ choice in this category of funds.”

Among other key decision for mutual funds is allowing fund houses to come up with commodity mutual funds and PMS. In India, mutual fund houses were not permitted to invest in commodities other than gold. However, a few fund houses have thematic funds, which invest in companies engaged in the commodities business.

Commodity funds would be able to invest in a broader spectrum of agricultural, metal and mining commodities such as food crops, spices, fibres, copper, aluminium, oil, gold, silver and platinum.

Note: Mutual fund investments are subject to market risks read all scheme related documents carefully.

DISCLAIMER:

No financial information whatsoever published anywhere here should be construed as an offer to buy or sell securities, or as advice to do so in any way whatsoever. All matter published here is purely for educational and information purposes only and under no circumstances should be used for making investment decisions. Readers must consult a qualified financial advisor before making any actual investment decisions, based on information published here.

9.1% to 9.35% L&T Finance NCD Review

L&T Finance Ltd is proposing to offer latest NCD issue. L&T Finance is going to offer Secured redeemable NCDs. The proposed public issue of L&T Finance Bonds will be open for subscription from 6th March 2019 to 20th March 2019.

L&T Finance Limited is part of the larger L&T Group which is one of the leading business conglomerates in India. L&T Finance Limited Company is one of the leading private non-banking financial services companies in India in terms of total loans outstanding, as of December 31, 2018. Its primary financing business segments are ruralwholesale and housing.

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What is a Debenture?

A long-term debt instrument issued by corporations or governments that are backed only by the integrity of the borrower, not by collateral. A debenture is unsecured and subordinate to secured debt. A debenture is unsecured in that there are no liens or pledges on specific assets.

What are NCDs?

Whenever a company wants to raise money from the public it issues a debt paper for a specified tenure where it pays a fixed interest on the investment. This paper is known as a debenture. Some of the debentures are termed as convertible debentures since they can be converted into equity share on maturity. A Non – Convertible debenture or NCD do not have the option of conversion into shares and on maturity, the principal amount along with accumulated interest is paid to the holder of the instrument.

There are two types of NCDs-secured and unsecured. A secured NCD is backed by the assets of the company and if it fails to pay the obligation, the investor holding the debenture can claim it through liquidation of these assets. Contrary to this there is no backing in unsecured NCDs if company defaults. However, any company seeking to raise money through NCD has to get its issue rated by agencies such as CRISIL, ICRA, CARE and Fitch Ratings. Higher ratings (e.g. CRISIL AAA or AA-Stable) means the issuer has the ability to service its debt on time and carries lower default risk. A lower rating signifies a higher credit risk.

Issue Details

Issue Date: Mar 6th 2019

Issue type: Fixed price issue NCD

Issue Size: Rs. 1500/- crore

Face value: Rs. 1000/- per NCD

Issue price: Rs. 1000/- per NCD

Market Lot: 1 NCD

Min. Quantity: 10 NCD

Issue Allocation Ratio: 30% of the Issue is for retail investors & 30% for HNIs (HNIs – individuals (applying for an amount of > Rs 10 lakh).

PUT & Call options: Put & Call options are not available.

Allotment of NCDs is on a first come, first serve basis.

Ratings: ICRA, CARE, IND has assigned AAA rating

Promoters: L & T Finance holding Ltd.

Offerings :

The company offers coupon rate ranging 8.75% to 9.35% depending on the tenures and the mode of interest payments which is either monthly or yearly

Objects of the issue:

For onward lending, financing, refinancing the existing indebtedness of L & T Finance Ltd. And General corporate purpose

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.

Who can Apply?

This issue is open to all Indian residents, HUFs and Institutions.

Category I – Institutional Investors – 20% of the issue is reserved

Category II – Non-Institutional Investors, Corporates – 20% of the issue is reserved

Category III – High Networth Individuals (HNIs) – 30% of the issue is reserved

Category IV – Retail Individual Investors – 30% of the issue is reserved

Why you should invest?

 AAA Credit rating means very less likely hood of credit default

The NCD is secured, which means the above debt is backed by assets of the company

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The interest rates are 2% higher than your regular Bank FDs

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Why should you not invest? 

There are NCDs available in the secondary market which have higher yields with a similar rating. The problem is low liquidity and hence is difficult to buy in large numbers.

The present Tax-Free Bonds are offering yields up to 6.5% in the secondary market, which is a better investment for People in the highest tax bracket.

 

Check the factsheet regularly if you are invested in debt and balance funds

Many mutual fund investors are worried about their investments in debt mutual funds as the interest rate and credit risk worries gather momentum, especially those practising DIY ( Do-It-Yourself ) investing.

“New investors are trying to enter the debt/balance segment and investors who manage their portfolios by themselves have started wondering how they can safeguard their debt/balance fund investments. “There are no rules to eliminate the risk, but investors can try to minimise risk.” 

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Know the categories well :

We believe that if you are a DIY ( Do-It-Yourself ) investor, the least you should do is keep a check on where your schemes are investing. Fund houses send a factsheet on your registered e-mail id every month. “You should see the changes in the factsheet. Which instruments have been added to the scheme and which have been dropped? Educate yourself if you are doing it yourself.”

Quality of the portfolio :

Higher-rated instruments have lower chances of defaults. Check if your scheme portfolio is betting on lower-rated securities to earn better returns. “The allocation changes and the ratings of the instruments added in the portfolio should be monitored. AAA-rated securities have a rare chance of defaulting. An IL&FS type default is very rare in the market.”

Duration of the instruments :

Another risk that you want to refrain from taking is the interest rate risk. When the interest rates go up, the longer duration bond funds are hit the most and vice-versa. Mutual fund investors who do not want to take calls on the interest rate movements can opt for dynamic bond funds. “Duration funds or bond funds are susceptible to interest rate changes. Investors who do not want to take such risk should bet on schemes that hold lower maturity papers like short and ultra-short duration funds.”

Note: Mutual fund investments are subject to market risks read all scheme related documents carefully.

DISCLAIMER:

No financial information whatsoever published anywhere here should be construed as an offer to buy or sell securities, or as advice to do so in any way whatsoever. All matter published here is purely for educational and information purposes only and under no circumstances should be used for making investment decisions. Readers must consult a qualified financial advisor before making any actual investment decisions, based on information published here.

 

Provident funds investment in IL&FS bonds have no government guarantee: FinMin

The provident and pension fund trusts that invested in the IL&FS bonds now fear a loss of money as the debt-ridden company`s bonds are unsecured debt, and the Finance Ministry says superannuated bonds do not carry any government guarantee and all such instruments have to face all market-related risks.

“Since these are investments in bonds, the government does not ensure any guarantee on them as such and if these are invested in stock markets, they carry the market risks as applicable. It is between the bond issuer and bondholders…,” the Finance Ministry said in response to IANS queries.

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Thousands of crores of money of more than 15 lakh employees of both public and private sector companies have exposure to IL&FS bonds.

However, queries sent to the EPFO Commissioner and Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar remained unanswered.

Over 50 funds that manage retirement benefits of over 15 lakh employees have exposure to IL&FS. PF trusts of state electricity boards, public sector undertakings (PSUs) and banks are among them. The provident and pension fund trusts have filed intervening applications in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) stating that they stand to lose all the money since the bonds are under unsecured debt.

Usually, retirement funds have a low-risk appetite and invest in “AAA” rated bonds (which IL&FS bonds used to be once upon a time) and get assured returns with low-interest rates.

The worries of pension and provident fund trusts come from the classification of IL&FS profiling its companies as to which can meet the dues obligations. Many important trust managing funds of PSUs like MMTC, IOC, Hudco, SBI and IDBI are among those filing petitions. From the private sector, HUL and Asian Paints are among the petitioners.

IL&FS is currently under resolution process at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The process will decide under Section 53 of the IBC the order of priority for distribution of proceeds of the process.

The beleaguered company has informed the NCLT that of the 302 entities in the group, 169 are Indian companies, out of which only 22 are emerging as those which can meet all obligations (green), while 10 firms can pay to only secured creditors (Amber). There are 38 companies of IL&FS (red) which cannot meet any obligations of payment, and 120 entities are still being assessed.

These PF and provident funds trusts are worried that if payment is limited to secured creditors, then only financial creditors like banks will receive the dues while unsecured bond-holders will get any payments.

IL&FS bonds attracted investments by PF trusts as it had the shareholding of SBI and LIC giving its bonds the comfort factor.

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Why home insurance should be your top priority

Here are a few reasons as to why home insurance is a must-have thing and how it can help one to avoid a huge financial setback in the event of any mishap.

A home is not merely a structure made of cement and bricks, it is a space filled with emotions. People earn for their lifetime and give everything to build a place where they could live comfortably with their family. You gave your all to have a home of your own, but do you have any backup plan to protect the same? There are few things which we as a human do not have control over, and to protect the ‘humble abode’ that you have instituted with the years of constant dedication and hard work, home insurance should be your top priority. However, the irony is, people, see it as an unwanted expense, but in fact, it is not. Let us check out some legitimate reasons as to why a house or home insurance is a must-have thing and how it can help you avoid a huge financial setback in the event of any mishap.

1. Natural Disasters

As mentioned earlier, there are few things which are beyond our control, and natural disasters like “Acts of God” are one of them. It can strike anytime, and anywhere. Remember the recent floods of Kerala, Uttarakhand and Mumbai that affected millions of lives with deaths, injuries, and destroyed homes. People witnessed houses and assets getting destroyed in front of their eyes and had to use their hard-earned savings to rebuild homes. It was a traumatic and emotional experience for them. Therefore, to protect yourself and your family against “Acts of God” such as landslides, floods, earthquakes, cyclones, etc., it is important for you to buy a home insurance plan.

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2. Man-made Disasters

No doubt we live in a technology dominating society where we have the latest and fanciest of safety measures, such as CCTV security and gated communities, but we cannot rely on them completely for our security, can we? Man-made disasters such as riots, strikes, robberies, terrorism, thefts, etc., are a real risk and still prevalent. And this makes for a strong reason for you to have a proper home insurance plan. However, some insurers may not cover for the losses due to all these risks, but you can ask them for extra protection in the form of riders.

3. Protection for the Contents Within

Home insurance not just covers your house, but also the contents within. Things like electronics, furniture, jewellery, light fixtures, antique items, valuable home appliances, etc., are also covered under a home insurance policy. However, the scope of coverage might vary as per your preferences. In case of any damage or theft, you will get compensation for the same or even get them replaced with the new ones. So when choosing a home insurance plan, you can actually opt for the things that you want to get cover for along with your home insurance.

4. Not Expensive

For many, home insurance may seem like an unnecessary expense but a few know that it comes at a fairly low premium rate, which may be cost lesser than a rupee per day. And in return, home insurance buyers get significant benefits. Further, you get the flexibility to increase or decrease the premium amount as per your affordability by simply adding or removing the items to be insured under the policy.

5. Protection against Lawsuits

What if you incidentally damage someone else’s property owing to the spread of fire? You will be in a legal hassle. But, home insurance can save you from such hassles by covering the cost for the damage caused to another property due to any incident. Not only this, it also covers the cost for the medical expenses of the visitor or guest injured in your property during that event.

6. Coverage for Rent

If in case you experience a loss due to fire perils, and it makes your home inhabitable, be it owing to a natural disaster or manmade circumstance, you may have to find a temporary accommodation until your home gets reconstructed. In that case, your insurer pays for your rent. So, being a responsible individual, it is always wise to be prepared for the worst, and home insurance ensures financial support in such situations.

7. Peace of Mind

You cannot deny the fact that for most people, home insurance actually sounds like a certain expense for an uncertain reason. However, the peace of mind offered by home insurance is more than anything that money can actually buy for you. So, it does not matter whether you own a villa or an apartment, once you buy home insurance for it, you get the luxury of peace of mind because you know that you are prepared for the worse. Buying home insurance is indeed a proactive step you take to protect your home from unforeseen dangers. It signifies what extent you can go to protect your home. Moreover, home insurance is the right policy to provide protection from uncertainties not only to homeowners but to tenants as well. However, when you buy home insurance make sure you opt for the policy offering the best cover.

Follow the 5 simple rules to select debt schemes

The recent credit downgrades have unnerved mutual fund investors.

Follow the 5 simple rules to select debt schemes

  1. Invest in a fund matching your credit & interest rate risk appetite. Always factor in the possibility of default.

Rethink if, – AAA bonds < 50%

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2. Check how diversified is the debt portfolio. A 10,000 cr AUM is invested in just 20-30 bonds, or is spread across 50-80 bonds? This ensures basic safety through diversification. If there are fewer bonds, ensure they are all highest rated, else concentration increases risk.

3. Check the concentration risk of the portfolio especially in lower-rated bonds. High exposure in a single paper means, higher loss in case of default. A high % exposure, say 5-9%, in a very low rated paper, shows recklessness. Much more in multiple papers is indicates higher risk.

4. Check the levels of diversification across all the schemes of the mutual fund. That gives an idea of existence or otherwise of risk management across the fund house. That is a sign of a far greater sense of responsibility towards investors money, a sign of not being reckless.

5. While a fund, it’s fund manager & fund house selection is important, diversification across fund houses is VERY important. Even if a fund house conforms to your expectations today, there are no guarantees that it will continue to conform in the future.

 

Note: Mutual fund investments are subject to market risks read all scheme related documents carefully.

DISCLAIMER:

No financial information whatsoever published anywhere here should be construed as an offer to buy or sell securities, or as advice to do so in any way whatsoever. All matter published here is purely for educational and information purposes only and under no circumstances should be used for making investment decisions. Readers must consult a qualified financial advisor before making any actual investment decisions, based on information published here.

What happens to MF exposure to DHFL debt after downgrades by CARE

For mutual funds with exposure to DHFL debt, a rating downgrade means that there will be a mark to market impact on individual bond prices, also affecting NAV

After CARE cut ratings from “AAA” to “AA+” for debentures, loans and deposits. Rating for commercial paper (“A1+) has kept under watch with developing implications.

With DHFL group companies debt mess coming under the lens, global brokerage Credit Suisse has warned that it could trigger a second wave of risk aversion in India’s debt fund industry.

Earlier, India’s debt mart faced a major risk aversion during September-October following a debt default by the IL&FS group.

The DHFL debt mess is expected to have a resonating effect as the company is among the larger borrowers from mutual funds (MFs) and their aggregate exposure stood at around Rs 8,650 crore as of December 2018. That amounts to about 0.7 per cent of debt mutual funds asset under management as of December 2018.

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About Rs.7,800 crore of such debt has been purchased by open-ended MF schemes, while the rest of the money is with closed-ended funds. Open-ended funds are where investors have the highest liquidity since you can come in or go out anytime. Closed-ended funds don’t allow you to exit before maturity.

Several fund houses have large exposures to DHFL, at 2-15 per cent of total debt AUM, with some schemes having up to 30 per cent of their AUM to DHFL

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UTI Mutual Fund had the maximum exposure of around Rs 2,144 crore as of December 31, 2018, followed by Reliance AMC at Rs 1,488 crore, Axis AMC at Rs 771 crore and Franklin Templeton Rs 571 crore.

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The DHFL issue may result into more scrutiny of credit risk in debt funds, and considering the fact that NBFC funding relies on MFs for 10-30 per cent of their borrowings, debt funds flow will see some hiccups in the coming days.

Some schemes have taken mark-to-market (MTM) losses on this exposure with DHFL paper being repriced at higher yields. Credit Suisse warned if this continues and leads to redemption pressure, it may cause a second wave of risk aversion in domestic debt funds and volatility in their flows.

In the open-ended space, about Rs 300 crore of exposure is to Aadhaar Housing Finance, which will now become the responsibility of Blackstone. DHFL is a Rs 6,200 crore of debt exposure for funds.

Debt raised by firms like DHFL is repaid within a few months (or years) as per maturity. If DHFL at some point is not able to honour its obligations, then that will be default like situation eg. IL&FS. However, such a situation may not really happen.

As a precautionary measure, some mutual funds may, however, write down the value of the bonds.

There is also the option to segregate or side-pocket bad assets so that the impact of the downgrade does not lead to panic redemptions. However, side pocketing can happen only in extreme cases, and that too when there is a default-like scenario.

Existing investors – For mutual funds with exposure to DHFL debt, a rating downgrade means that there will be a mark to market (MTM) impact on individual bond prices. This means there will be an impact on the Net Asset Value (NAV) of the funds.

In some cases, the MTM impact of the first series of downgrades on bond prices can be as significant as 25%. This means a 5% position for the bond in a fund would result in a negative 1.25% MTM performance attribution due to bond holding.

Any redemption from such funds at this point would result in an actual booking of losses.

Keep an eye on schemes with 10-33% exposure to single DHFL security.

Such examples are DHFL Pramerica Ultra Short Term (Dewan Housing Finance Corpn. Ltd. TR-1(30-Apr-19), JM Income (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. SR-I CATG III & IV 09.10% (09-Sep-19)), JM Short Term Fund (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. SR-I CATG III & IV 09.10% (09-Sep-19)), JM Low Duration (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. SR-I CATG III & IV 09.10% (09-Sep-19)), Baroda Dynamic Bond (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. SR-III CATG III & IV 09.25% (09-Sep-23)), DHFL Pramerica Medium Term (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. SR-II CATG III & IV 9.15% (09-Sep-21)), DHFL Pramerica Floating Rate (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. SR-I CATG I & II 09.05% (23-Sep-19)), DHFL Pramerica Low Duration (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. SR-I CATG I & II 09.05% (23-Sep-19)), BNP Paribas Medium Term (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. SR-I CAT I-IV 08.90% (04-Jun-21)), BOI AXA Short Term Income (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. CATG I & II SR-IV 9.1% (16-Aug-19)), Tata Medium Term (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. SR-I CAT I-IV 08.90% (04-Jun-21)).

 

Note: Mutual fund investments are subject to market risks read all scheme related documents carefully.

DISCLAIMER:

No financial information whatsoever published anywhere here should be construed as an offer to buy or sell securities, or as advice to do so in any way whatsoever. All matter published here is purely for educational and information purposes only and under no circumstances should be used for making investment decisions. Readers must consult a qualified financial advisor before making any actual investment decisions, based on information published here.

 

Six mutual fund schemes under watch and downgraded one of these due to their exposures to the special purpose vehicles of IL&FS.

On Tuesday, rating agency Icra placed ratings of six mutual fund schemes under watch and downgraded one of these due to their exposures to the special purpose vehicles of IL&FS.  

A cash flow generating IL&FS SPV has chosen to default. Investors are now worried about more such defaults.

The schemes that were put under ratings watch are HDFC Short Term Debt Fund, HDFC Banking and PSU Debt Fund, UTI Banking and PSU Debt Fund, UTI Bond Fund, UTI Dynamic Bond Fund and Aditya Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund. Icra also downgraded Birla Sun Life Short Term Opportunities Fund from AA+mfs to AAmfs.  

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UTI MF’s schemes have an exposure of about Rs 559 crore to the secured bonds issued by Jorabat Shillong Expressway (JSEL) as on January 21, 2019. According to debt fund managers, in a normal course, the interpretation is to keep the cash flows within the common pool until the situation settles down, but this interpretation is not applicable to the SPVs.

Fund managers say concern on repayments of IL&FS SPVs stems from another ‘ring-fenced’ SPV of IL&FS Group — Jharkhand Road Projects Implementation (JRPICL) — not paying coupon payments to its bondholders due on January 21. The NCLAT moratorium order on IL&FS and its group entities dated October 15 was cited as a reason for the non-payment.

Among the three fund houses under ratings watch, UTI MF has the largest exposure (as a percentage of its schemes) to IL&FS SPV.

According to Icra note, UTI Banking and PSU Debt Fund, UTI Bond Fund and UTI Dynamic Bond Fund’s exposure to JSEL stood at 6.87 per cent, 5.98 per cent and 6.25 per cent of their respective asset under management (AUM) as on December 31, 2018.

The fund house will value its investments in JSEL at a price based on the fair value principle in the light of recent developments and downgrades of similar structures. The fund house re-iterated JSEL’s capability to service its own debt.

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Meanwhile, HDFC MF has decided to take a 25 per cent markdown on its exposures to Hazaribagh Ranchi Expressway (HREL) considering the high likelihood of rating downgrade of HREL to below investment grade.

The exposure of HDFC Short Term Debt Fund to HREL is at 0.55 per cent of its AUM, while HDFC Banking and PSU Debt Fund’s exposure is 0.29 per cent of its AUM to HREL, according to the Icra note.

Birla Sun Life’s Short-Term Opportunities Fund’s exposure to JRPICL is at 1.15 per cent of the scheme’s AUM.

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ILFS SPV – Curious case of default: What I’ve understood – given in this thread, The strange case of Jharkhand Road Projects Implementation Co Ltd an SPV of ILFS having cash and yet not paying creditors. The co. receives annuity every quarter from the Jharkhand Govt for roads built.

Rs. 75 crores of int and principal payment were due on 21.1.19. AND NOT PAID. There are currently Rs 450 crores lying in an escrow account out of which the payment was to be made. Usually, for financing such projects, an extra amt is kept in a DSRA account.

This DSRA is a debt servicing account to service debt if the annuity is delayed. With all this, yet the JRPIC chose not to pay Rs75 crores (remember 450 crores is ready to cash lying in the bank/liquid funds).

The annuity payments by the Govt of Jharkhand go to pay maintenance cost of the roads and principal and interest to creditors. What is left goes to the promoters after paying creditors. The revenue stream Is constant. The Jharkhand Govt has been paying regularly.

The company defaulted because of interpretation of an NCLAT order on ILFS and its companies by the current management. The NCLAT order put a moratorium on debt payments of companies and enforcement of assets by creditors.

The moratorium of NCLAT probably meant that creditors could not sell the security for loans of the ILFS companies and not meant to stop debt servicing of these SPVs which were receiving annuities regularly and servicing debt.

Now the management has taken a call that this applies to regular debt even from companies, SPVs that are servicing debt. So the creditors who could easily withdraw from the escrow account now cannot do so.

So curious case the State Govt is paying annuities regularly, there is money lying in the escrow account and the creditors have not received payment. Jharkhand Road Projects Implementation Company Ltd. is one of the SPVs within the IL&FS Group.

New National Pension System ( NPS ) withdrawal rules

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)  has relaxed partial withdrawal norms for NPS subscribers. With this, NPS subscribers can withdraw up to 25% of their money from their corpus thrice in their lifetime.

The first withdrawal is now permissible after three years from the date of joining. Earlier, NPS subscribers were allowed to withdraw their corpus after completion of 10 years.

This amount will be tax-free in the hands of subscribers.

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Currently, NPS subscribers can withdraw partially for higher education or marriage of their children, fund their entrepreneurial dream or professional skill development, construction or purchase of first house and treatment of specific ailments like cancer, kidney failure, paralysis etc.

Like NPS, EPFO also allows partial withdrawals. However, since there is no such limit on withdrawals, many people pull out their money from their EPFO account. As a result, many subscribers are left with a small corpus for their post-retirement days defeating the very purpose of EPFO.

Another key development is the choice of a pension fund for central government employees. Now, such employees can choose pension funds including private sector pension funds, with the change of fund being allowed once every year.

Partial withdrawal is permitted under the following conditions

1. For higher education and marriage of children including a legally adopted child.

2. For purchase or construction of a residential house or flat. In case, the subscriber already owns a house other than ancestral property, either individually or in the joint name, no withdrawal is permitted.

3. If the subscriber, their legally wedded spouse, children, including a legally adopted child or dependent parents suffer from any specified illness, which shall require hospitalization and treatment in respect of diseases such as Cancer, Kidney Failure (End Stage Renal Failure), Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Multiple Sclerosis; Major Organ Transplant, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft; Aorta Graft Surgery; Heart Valve Surgery; Stroke; Myocardial Infarction; Coma; Total blindness; Paralysis; Accident of serious/ life-threatening nature; Any other critical illness of a life-threatening nature, withdrawal is allowed.

4. To cover expenses by a subscriber for skill development/re-skilling or for any other self-development activities.

5. To cover the expenses by a subscriber for the establishment of own business or any start-ups.

6. To cover medical and incidental expenses arranging out of disability or incapacitation suffered.