Star Housing Finance Limited, a Rural Focused Home Finance Company Posts 100%+ Y-O-Y Growth in FY ’2022-23

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], April 25: Star Housing Finance Limited (Star HFL), (BSE Scrip code BOM: 539017) a rural-focused home finance company, has recorded robust performance for the year ending Mar 31, 2023

The Board of Directors have today approved the full-year audited financial results. FY’2022-23 has been the first operational year wherein Star HFL has registered 100%+ y-o-y growth. The scale-up under a strong underwriting and risk framework has resulted in build-up of quality retail low-ticket home loan book

Key Operational & Financial Highlights:

Gross Loan Book: The gross loan book as of Mar 31, 2023 has increased y-o-y by 136.33% inching towards Rs.250 crs mark during FY’2022-23

Build up of Quality AUM: Focused in house receivable management program with strong customer engagement through the loan life cycle has resulted in PAR (0+ dpd) getting reduced from 27.2% as of Mar 31, 2022 to now 5.06% as on Mar 31, 2023. Incremental book since Oct 2019 is 98%+ retail (average ticket size of 12-13 lakhs) having PAR of 0.68% and zero NPA

As of Mar 31, 2023, GNPA stands at 1.68% and NNPA stands at 1.25%

Geographically Diversified Scale Up: The AUM is build across the states of Maharashtra (Extended Mumbai Region: 25%, Extended Pune Region: 26%, Vidarbha Region: 11%), Madhya Pradesh (10%), Gujarat (5%), Rajasthan (18%) and Tamil Nadu (5%)

During the year Star HFL has doubled its physical presence to now 14 branches. Coupled with digital PoPs, the Company is now present at 30+ locations across operational geographies with a staff count of 150+ employees, more than 40% of which are in underwriting and collection functions at branches

Net Worth crosses Rs.100 crs: Star HFL has successfully raised capital in two rounds in FY’2022-23 which saw participation from reputed professionals from capital markets and BFSI space. The shareholding profile is augmented with participation from individual investors, institutional entities, a family office and an FPI. Star HFL now has an eco-system of more than 6500 shareholders. Courtesy these rounds, the net worth has crossed Rs.100 crs and stands at Rs.106.42 crs as of Mar 31, 2023.

Strong Liability Machinery: Star HFL has relationship with public sector banks, private sector banks, financial institutions and the National Housing Bank. During the year the Company has raised fresh term loans from 11 banks and FIs with current outstanding of Rs.111.6 crs. FY’2022-23 saw first term loan received from a social impact fund. Total borrowings outstanding as of March 31, 2023 is Rs.162.5 crs. Through the year, Star HFL has developed robust pipeline and shall continue to expand the engagement with other institutions in banking space

Top Line Growth: For the 12 months period ending March 31, 2023, the total income increased by 92.32% y-o-y

Expenses: Investment in quality manpower as required per the growth plan and related expansion in operational geographies has resulted in employee expenses increasing by 27.55% y-o-y. Total operating expenses have increased by 51% y-o-y primarily attributable to capacity creation for future build up and the scale up that happened in FY’2022-23.

Bottom line growth: For the 12 months period ending March 31, 2023, PBT increased by 507% y-o-y. Removing the exceptional non-cash expense line, PBT has increased by 328% y-o-y. For the 12 months period ending March 31, 2023, PAT increased by 1021% y-o-y. Removing the exceptional non-cash expense line, PAT has increased by 467% y-o-y

Employee Ownership Enabled: FY’2022-23 saw exercise of first tranche of ESOP I scheme ensuring participation of eligible employees as owners of the Company. Subject to all approvals and compliances in place, Star HFL looks forward to expand the ambit of employee ownership through further ESOP schemes through the growth journey

Strong and Reputed Board: Star HFL is governed by strong and an independent board comprising of reputed professionals from BFSI space viz. Mr. Amlendra Prasad Saxena, (Ex GM, NHB); Mr. Ajith Lakshmanan (Ex ED of LIC of India), Mr. Pradip Kumar Das (ex-ED IDBI Bank) and Ms. Neelam Tater (Professional CA & CS)

Outlook Upgraded: Taking a note of the Company’s growth, quality of the loan book, established processes and risk framework, profile of the management team and overall corporate governance, CARE ratings has upgraded the outlook of the company to “Positive” in the fourth quarter of FY’2022-23

Financial Highlights – Key Financial and Operating Numbers / Ratios:

Operating & Financial Performance (In Lakhs) FY2022-23 FY2021-22 Y-o-Y Change
Disbursements 18679.81 3657.94 410.66%
AUM (On Book + Off Book) 24599.06 10408.92 136.33%
GNPA (%) 1.68% 2.15% -0.47%
NNPA (%) 1.25% 1.65% -0.40%
Interest Income                      3,234.89                           1,797.37 79.98%
Total Income 3724.31 1936.54 92.32%
PBT 801.63 131.91 507.71%
PAT 697.99 62.22 1021.76%
Borrowing O/s 16249.99 7847.79 107.06%
Net Worth 10641.88 6409.85 66.02%
Leverage(x) 1.53 1.22
NIM (%) 11.90% 11.35% 0.55%
ROE (%) 8.19% 1.06% 7.13%
ROA (%) 3.18% 0.51% 2.67%
BVPS (Rs.) 13.79 9.66 4.13
EPS(Rs.)(Annualized) 0.929 0.372 149.73%

* adjusted post bonus and split

Speaking on full year performance, Mr. Ashish Jain, MD of Star HFL said, “The leadership team had resolved in the beginning of the financial year that FY’2022-23 shall be the beginning of the growth journey for Star HFL and we are happy to have walked the talk registering 100%+ y-o-y growth across key business areas, notably record disbursements during the year and resultant AUM growth. This growth is backed by robust processes and guidelines across operational areas and is governed by strong review mechanism at the level of senior management and the Board.

Through liability program and capital raise, we have been able to mobilize funds to fuel the growth. Strong connect and follow up with customers has rationale PAR to lower single digits and this has provided us further confidence to grow our book.

One feels that rural India story in housing courtesy rise in income levels, nuclearization, and physical/digital infrastructure development is set to unfold in coming years. Local level drivers in these geographies for growth in residential mortgages shall aid growth of rural focused housing companies like Star HFL. We as a team look forward to the exciting next few years for quality growth and create value for all stakeholders”

Company Financials for FY2022-23 (Figures in Lakhs):

Balance Sheet as at 31-03-2023 31-03-2022
Cash & Cash Equivalents            2,810.12                2,917.93
Bank Balances Other than Cash & Cash Equivalents            1,272.73                   519.82
Loans          22,807.76              10,231.46
Investments               738.29                   857.79
Other Financial Assets               320.69                   480.75
Total Financial Assets          27,949.59              15,007.75
Property, Plant & Equipment               219.17                   104.23
Intangible Assets               156.45                     52.73
Rights to Use Assets                       –                       7.61
Deferred Tax Assets (Net)                 76.12                     21.49
Current Tax Assets (Net)                 86.73                     88.38
Other Non Financial Assets                 62.75                     43.84
Total Non Financial Assets               601.22                   318.28
Total Assets          28,550.81              15,326.03
Borrowings          16,249.99                7,847.79
Other Financial Liabilities            1,447.08                1,024.66
Total Financial Liabilities          17,697.07                8,872.44
Provisions                 14.92                     37.51
Other Non-Financial Liabilities               196.94                       6.23
Total Non-Financial Liabilities               211.86                     43.74
Equity Share Capital            3,857.91                1,658.22
Other Equity            6,783.97                4,751.63
Total Equity          10,641.88                6,409.85
Total Liabilities and Equity          28,550.81              15,326.03


Profit & Loss Statement for year ended 31-03-2023 31-03-2022
Revenue From Operations
Interest Income    3,234.89    1,797.37
Fees & Commission Income       106.39         24.17
Gain/loss on derecognition of financial Assets         29.90          7.34
Net Gain/Loss on Fair Value Changes         15.01         11.21
Other Operating Income       146.82         32.35
Other Income       191.29         64.10
Total Income     3,724.31     1,936.54
Finance Cost    1,128.84       617.01
Impairment of Financial Instruments         62.70         50.97
Employee Benefits expenses       950.25       745.01
Depreciation and amortisation expenses         35.55         27.21
Other Expenses       745.34       364.43
TOTAL EXPENSES     2,922.68     1,804.63
Profit Before Tax (I-II)        801.63        131.91
 – Tax Expenses
        – Current Tax       129.95         45.91
        – Deferred Tax       -26.31         23.77
Profit For the period (III-IV)        697.99          62.22

Star Housing Finance Limited (Star HFL) is BSE listed rural focused housing finance company. The Company has been operational in the affordable housing finance space since 2009. Star HFL provides long term housing finance assistance to EWS/LIG families towards purchase/construction of low-cost housing units (affordable housing) in its operational geographies. Star HFL is a professionally managed Company with a presence across states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. Star HFL is registered as a Primary Lending Institution (PLI) under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and has received subsidy for its qualified customers under CLSS scheme. Star HFL has its Registered & Corporate Office in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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