Indian banks

Indian banks
Turning the financial engines on

We believe that navigating the long-term complexity and short-term volatility of the Indian equity market requires a nuanced, active investment approach.

A propensity to look for compelling analogues without understanding the underlying economic drivers and risks, for example, likening India to China, can lead to dangerous conclusions and inappropriate portfolio exposures.

Our approach in India, and elsewhere in our universe, looks beyond seductive narratives to appreciate structural drivers and real options, both of which are often unique to individual companies.India’s economic realities have given birth to some extraordinary companies that have been able to turn the country’s longstanding challenges into long-term opportunities.

Long-term growth prospects

A good illustration of that is how Kotak Mahindra Bank and HDFC (both held in the Invesco Developing Markets Strategy) have been capitalising on India’s extensive and ineffective state involvement in the banking sector to support their long-term growth trajectory.

The Indian banking sector today is saddled with more than 11% non-performing loans (source: CEIC as at 29 March 2019) thanks to the reckless behaviours of the public sector banks during India’s credit boom following the great financial crisis.

These banks represent two-thirds of the system’s total assets and almost 100% of the system’s non-performing loans.

Setting the public sector banks on the right path would require overcoming four “R” hurdles:

  • Recognition
  • Resolution
  • Recapitalisation
  • Reform

Today these public sector banks have barely cleared the first.

New fire power

As a result, the Indian economic machine is currently running with two-thirds of its financial engines turned off, and only one-third - where Kotak and HDFC play - powering its credit growth.

With their clean balance sheets and excess capital, we believe Kotak and HDFC will continue gaining market share as the public sector banks continue retreating in the upcoming years.

Kotak and HDFC are just two of many extraordinary Indian companies in our portfolio, which illustrate our fundamental, bottom-up investment approach.As volatility increases in the Indian equity market, and global equity at large, we remain focused on finding such companies, paying appropriate prices for them and constructing a durable portfolio that is well-positioned to outperform.

Previous article

Return to hub

Investment risks

  • The value of investments and any income will fluctuate (this may partly be the result of exchange rate fluctuations) and investors may not get back the full amount invested. As a large portion of the strategy is invested in less developed countries, you should be prepared to accept significantly large fluctuations in value. The strategy invests in a limited number of holdings and is less diversified, and therefore this may result in large fluctuations in value. Investment in certain securities listed in China can involve significant regulatory constraints that may affect liquidity and/or investment performance.

Important information

  • This article is marketing material and is not intended as a recommendation to invest in any particular asset class, security or strategy. Regulatory requirements that require impartiality of investment/investment strategy recommendations are therefore not applicable nor are any prohibitions to trade before publication. The information provided is for illustrative purposes only, it should not be relied upon as recommendations to buy or sell securities. Where individuals or the business have expressed opinions, they are based on current market conditions, they may differ from those of other investment professionals and are subject to change without notice. Further information on our products is available using the contact details shown.
success failure

How can we help?

Let us know using this form and one of our specialist team will quickly get back to you.

How can we help?

Your contact information.

When you interact with us, we may collect information about you which constitutes personal data under applicable laws and regulations. Our privacy notice explains how we use and protect your personal data.

How can we help?

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.