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India’s RBL Bank sees margins expanding above 5% for FY24 – CEO

MUMBAI, July 25 (Reuters) – Indian private lender RBL Bank (RATB.NS) has the scope to expand its net interest margin (NIM) to above 5% in 2023-24, leaning on more low-cost deposits and a favorable loan book mix, its managing director and CEO told Reuters on Monday.

“Our NIMs will not be less than what we already stand at currently,” R Subramaniakumar said, adding that he sees margins in the 5.05% to 5.10% band for this year.

In the April-June quarter, the Mumbai-based lender’s NIM – a key gauge of banks’ profitability – expanded by 49 basis points (bps) year-on-year to 4.84%.

However, the NIM fell 17 bps sequentially in the April-June quarter when, per bankers, the majority of the repricing of deposits happened to take into the account domestic rate hikes worth 250 bps since May. Deposits are repriced with a lag, unlike loans.

Subramaniakumar said that while “major” repricing of deposits happened in April-June, some would spill over into the current quarter. That, however, would be offset by high-yielding advances on the bank’s books that would help support NIMs.

Most larger lenders like ICICI Bank (ICBK.NS), Kotak Mahindra Bank (KTKM.NS) said that NIMs may moderate in the coming quarters.

RBL is targeting loan growth of 20%-22%, helped by retail loan growth of 30%-33% for this fiscal, Subramaniakumar said.

The lender is aiming for deposit growth of 18%-20% in 2023-24, he added, up from the 8% year-on-year growth for the April-June quarter.

The bank is gradually shifting away from bulk deposits to granular deposits, which will also help expand margins, the CEO said, adding that the lender plans to open 70-80 branches during the year.

RBL is not looking to raise equity capital now, but may tap the debt market for fundraising through Tier-II bonds later in the year, he said.

The lender could incur a one-time hit of about five billion rupees ($61.18 million) on net worth once the RBI’s new loan-loss proposal comes into effect, Subramaniakumar added.

($1 = 81.7300 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Siddhi Nayak; Editing by Sonia Cheema

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