Edelweiss Retail Finance NCD March 2018 Public Issue : Details & Review

The interest rates on Bank fixed deposits may have touched the lowest levels 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.

Edelweiss Retail Finance Ltd is proposing to offer latest NCD issue. ERFL is going to offer Secured and redeemable NCDs. The proposed public issue will be open for subscription from 7th March, 2018 to 22nd March, 2018.

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’.

Edelweiss Retail Finance NCD March 2018 Public Issue Details

Edelweiss Retail Finance Ltd is a non-banking finance company, offering wide range of Housing Finance and other retail credit products that are designed to address an array of financing needs with quick turnaround time. The product suite contains Housing loan, Loan against property, Construction finance, lease rental discounting, SME Finance, Equipment finance amongst others. They are also present in rural India providing micro finance as part of their financial inclusion agenda.

Below are the few important details about Edelweiss upcoming March 2018 NCD Issue (in FY 2017-18) ;

  • NCD Issue opening Date : 7th March, 2018
  • Issue Closes on : 22nd March, 2018.
  • Interest Rate or Coupon Rate on NCDs : The ROI ranges from 8.42% to 9.25 % depending on the category of investor and tenure of the NCDs.
  • Issue Size : Base Issue size is Rs 500 cr (with an Option to retain over-subscription amount up to Rs 250 Crores, aggregating up to Rs 750 crores.)
  • Mode of Issue : Demat account is not mandatory to invest in these bonds as the investors have the option to apply these NCDs in physical form as well.
  • Face Value or Issue Price of one NCD is Rs 1,000.
  • Available Tenor options : 3 years / 5 years / 10 years.
  • Frequency of Interest payment : Annual / Monthly. Cumulative option is not available.
  • 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 BSE & NSE stock exchanges.
  • Security & Asset Cover : The Company will create appropriate security in favour of the Debenture Trustee for
    the NCD Holders on the assets adequate to ensure 100% asset cover for the NCDs (along with the interest due thereon).
  • Credit Ratings :  CRISIL and ICRA have rated this issue as ‘AA’ with a ‘Stable’ outlook.
  • Issue Allocation Ratio : 50% of the issue is for retail & 20% of the Issue is for HNI individual investors (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 served’ basis.
  • NRIs are not eligible to apply to this NCD issue.

Edelweiss Retail Finance – Latest NCD Issue – Options & Rate of Interest

Edelweiss Retail Finance NCD March 2018 Public Issue Details Rate of interest Latest Edelweiss NCD upcoming Issue

Should you invest in Edelweiss Retail Finance’s Latest March 2018 NCD Issue?

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). Considering this scenario, if you are looking for regular interest income and are in 10% or 20% income tax slab rate, you may consider investing in 3 year Secured NCDs.

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, Post office Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, 7.75% GoI Bonds etc.,

Have you invested in any of the recent Public Issues of NCDs? 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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  • Chak Sriprasad says:

    Hi Sreekanth
    Nice to see your company and its services to the individual investor. Good luck to you.
    I am exploring NCDs and looking for the following
    1. Are they traded in open market. If so — where can I find a full list of NCDs in the market, their rating , analysis
    2. How can I track their performance / market value – do they have a symbol ? and what sites provide realtime information?
    3. What are best ways to purchase / hold / sell them as an individual ?

    Thank you


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