Shriram Transport Finance NCDs June 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.

Shriram Transport Finance  Company Ltd (STFC) is proposing to offer latest NCD issue. STFC is going to offer Secured and redeemable NCDs. The proposed public issue will be open for subscription from 27th June, 2018 to 20th July, 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’.

Shriram Transport Finance NCDs June 2018 Public Issue – Key Features

Shriram Transport Finance is a non-banking finance company and 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.

STFC is one of the largest asset financing non-banking finance companies in the organised sector in India that cater to first time users and small road transport operators for financing pre-owned commercial vehicles.

Below are the few important details about upcoming Shriram Transport Finance’s June-July 2018 NCD Issue (in FY 2018-19) ;

  • NCD Issue opening Date : 27th June, 2018
  • Issue Closes on : 20th July, 2018.
  • Interest Rate or Coupon Rate on NCDs : The ROI ranges from 8.93% to 9.50% depending on the category of investor and tenure of the NCDs.
  • Issue Size : Base Issue size is Rs 1,000 cr (with an Option to retain over-subscription amount up to Rs 4,000 Crores. Total Issue size Rs 5,000 cr).
  • Mode of Issue : Demat (subject to certain terms & conditions).
  • Face Value or Issue Price of one NCD is Rs 1,000.
  • Available Tenor options : 3 years to 10 years
  • Frequency of Interest payment : Annual / Monthly. Cumulative option is also available on 3 & 5 year NCDs.
  • 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 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 :  ‘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 up to 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 served’ basis.
  • NRIs are not eligible to apply to this NCD issue.
  • The initial allottees of the proposed Tranche-I Issue who are Senior Citizens on the Deemed Date of Allotment shall be eligible for total additional incentive of 0.35% p.a (0.10% + 0.25%).

Rate of Interest on latest NCD Issue by Shriram Transport Finance

Shriram Transport Finance NCDs June 2018 Public Issue Latest NCD issue by Shriram Transport Finance STFC in FY 2018-19 pic

Should you invest in Shriram Transport Finance’s latest NCD (June 2018) 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 up to three year (cumulative/non-cumulative) 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 (JM Financial / DHFL)? 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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  • Bikash says:

    Kindly share investment procedures for both offline and online. I’ve a demat account.

    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      You can apply to this issue through your demat account.
      Kindly contact your service provider.

      You can also visit authorized branches of Axis bank / Edelweiss Financial/AL Capital etc to apply through offline mode.

  • mkrishna says:

    Thanks for the excellent information. Pls share where would I get application form for this NCD. I am first time investor.

    • mkrishna says:

      I dont want to go through any broker, so is direct application available? pls help

      • Sreekanth Reddy says:

        You can apply to this issue through your demat account (if you have).
        You can also visit authorized branches of Axis bank / Edelweiss Financial/AL Capital etc to apply through offline mode.

  • Sivakesava Palagummi says:

    Thank you so much.Excellent explanation about NCDs and basically I have zero knowledge about NCDs or Shares. As I am a retired person and tempted after seeing this interest pattern of NCDs, I made some ground work thru But I dont have answer about how or procedure to invest.After going thru your advice against queries asked by investors, it is observed that 3 to 5 years of tenure is the best option for this NCD. Once again thank you.

  • Ranjan says:

    Shall I invest in Sriram NCD? I have to invest for long term? If not his NCD than some other option?

    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      Dear Ranjan,
      We are seeing some up-tick in Bank Deposit rates.
      May be, long-term NCDs can be avoidable as of now.
      3 to 5 year Secured NCDs look better.
      But kindly do understand that NCDs have higher risk profile than Bank FDs/RDs.

  • srinivas says:

    Can u suggest me, Shrirama transport finance NCD can apply or not

    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      Dear Srinivas,
      If you are looking out for a fixed income option then Secured NCDs for short duration say 3 years, can be considered.

  • Yogesh Ingole says:

    please check the senior citizen additional coupon is not 0.35%. Can you clarify is it to existing NCD holders or is it to new Senior citizen Investors as well ?

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