Mumbai: Non-banking finance company (NBFC) Bajaj Finance today reported a 52 per cent rise in net profit to Rs 164 crore for the March quarter boosted by sound growth in disbursements and core income growth.
Net income of the Pune-based company stood at Rs 108 crore in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. Total income grew 35 per cent to Rs 843 crore during the quarter compared to Rs 623 crore reported a year ago. For the whole fiscal, net profit rose 46 per cent to Rs 591 crore compared to Rs 406 crore in FY12.
"Rise in profits during the fourth quarter was due to healthy growth in loan book along with sound core income," Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Jain said. According to the Jain, net interest income (NII) grew 33 percent to Rs 517 crore in Q4 compared to Rs 389 crore reported a year ago. Total deployment of the NBFC increased 23 per cent to Rs 19,367 crore in FY13 compared to Rs 15,797 crore reported in FY12.
"We hope to grow our loan book by 20-25 per cent in the current fiscal with major growth coming from retail and SME lending," Jain said. While the consumer finance segment grew 39 per cent to Rs 9,783 crore by the end of the quarter, SME business grew higher at 49 percent to Rs 6,573 crore. However, commercial business witnessed a degrowth of 31 per cent to Rs 3,011 crore fiscal."We will cautiously grow our business in commercial line of business, that comprises commercial equipment finance, infra finance, among others. However, growth will be more in SMEs and retail segments in this fiscal," Jain said.
Net NPA stood at 0.19 percent against 0.12 per cent reported in the year ago period. Similarly, loan losses and provisions rose by 18 percent at Rs 182 crore against Rs 154 crore in FY12. Referring to capital adequacy, Jain said after raising of Rs 743.52 crore through the rights issue in last fiscal, the company was having comfortable capital to support business growth.