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Reiterate ‘buy’ on HDFC Life, target price Rs 823

The group sum assured market share of HDFC Life stands at 9.3% as of May’21 in comparison with 24/12% in FY20/21 indicating a doable scope of enchancment.

We reiterate our ‘Buy’ ranking on HDFC Life led by higher outlook of non-par assured portfolio, continued robust demand for defense and natural progress levers.

Increase in assured charges and sure improve in rates of interest forward will make non-par portfolio extra engaging. HDFC Life has elevated charges in its assured financial savings providing. When we have a look at by-product (FRA) MTMs, some friends have reported losses in FY21 indicating rates of interest have been increased than the train charges of those derivatives. This, together with doable improve in curiosity rate outlook, will allow insurers to supply increased charges for his or her non-par assured portfolio. HDFC Life is nicely positioned to learn from this.



Sum assured progress has additionally been wholesome for HDFC Life: The particular person sum assured market share for HDFC Life has improved from 11.7%/11.2% in FY20/21 to 14.3% FY22TD (information as much as May’21). The group sum assured market share of HDFC Life stands at 9.3% as of May’21 in comparison with 24/12% in FY20/21 indicating a doable scope of enchancment.

Covid claims stay a short-term concern: Depending upon the provisions already taken in FY21, insurers may need to take further provisioning in FY22. However, this stays a one-off occasion (HDFC Life had no unfavorable operational variance between FY16-20). Overall demand for defense stays very robust. Higher pricing and improved medical underwriting can be found revenue levers.

Reiterate Buy: We issue VNB margins of 27/28.5% with APE progress of 18/18% in FY22/FY23E. We count on HDLI to build up Rs 58.7bn of latest business and Rs45.4bn of unwind (@8%) over FY22E / FY23E to succeed in an embedded worth (EV) of Rs 358.3bn by FY23E. We worth HDLI primarily based on 40x new business worth of Rs 33bn in FY23E to reach at a target price of Rs 823.

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