Thursday, July 21, 2022

AU Bank Delivers Impressive Overall PAT Growth Of 32% YoY

The Board of Directors of AU Small Finance Bank Limited at its meeting held approved the financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022. 

Executive Summary 

Deposits grew 48% YoY to Rs 54,631 Crore from Rs 37,014 Crore, with further improvement in CASA ratio to 39% compared to 26% a year ago. In Q1’FY23, fund-based disbursements were up 345% YoY at Rs 8,445 Crore as compared to Rs 1,897 Crore in the same quarter of the previous year which had a low base due to Covid 2.0. Non-fund disbursements for Q1’FY23 were up 5x at Rs 481 Crore as compared to Rs 79 Crore in the same quarter of the previous year because of Covid 2.0. 

The Bank witnessed a growth of 37% YoY in its AUM to Rs 50,161 Crore from Rs 36,635 Crore. This was coupled with consistent collection efficiency of 105% for the quarter, resulting in sustained improvement in asset quality ratios. Bank maintains a strong position in Digital services with properties like AU 0101, Video Banking, Credit cards, UPI QR etc. all of which continue to see strong momentum. 

1.    Financial Highlights 

Q1’FY23 highlights  


Bank’s total balance sheet grow by 38% YoY to Rs 71,041 Crore  

Deposits grow by 48% YoY to Rs 54,631 Cr; CASA at 39% as against 26% as on 30-Jun’21 

Cost of Funds stable QoQ and declined by 57 bps YoY to 5.7%   

Loan AUM grew by 37% YoY to Rs 50,161 Cr; CD ratio at 89% 

90% of loan book is retail in nature and 94% is Secured 


Total income stood at Rs 1,979 Crore, up 26% YoY; NII at Rs 976 Crore, up 35% YoY 

Net profit stood at Rs 268 Cr for Q1’FY23, up 32% YoY   

ROA stood at 1.5% and ROE at 14.0% even as we invest significantly in people, digital, branding, products and distribution to build a future ready bank 

Net Interest Margin (NIM) at 5.9%  

Incremental spreads remained stable at 6.9% as the increase in disbursement yields offset the increase in incremental borrowing cost 

Asset quality  

Bank’s Asset quality improved significantly on YoY basis with GNPA at 1.96% vs 4.31% as on 30-Jun’21 

Net NPA stood at 0.56% of net advances as against 2.26% as on 30-Jun’21 

Provision coverage ratio at 72% against 49% as on 30-Jun’21; Including technical write-offs, the PCR was at 74% 

Collection efficiency averaged 105% for Q1’FY23 

Apart from provision of Rs 654 Crore against GNPA pool, Bank has, additionally, maintained following provision buffer 

Provision against restructured book at Rs 170 Crore (16% of restructured book)  

Contingency provision of Rs 144 Crore (0.30% of advances) 

Floating provision of Rs 41 Crore (0.08% of advances) 

Standard provisions of Rs 147 Crore (0.30% of advances) 

Capital Adequacy 

Bank remains well capitalized with  

Total CRAR at 19.4% against minimum requirement 15%; adding the interim profits, CRAR would be 20.0% 

Tier-I capital ratio of 18.4% against minimum requirement 7.5%; adding the interim profits, Tier-I capital adequacy would be 19.1% 

2.    Digital and Payment business 

The Bank’s digital properties like AU 0101, Video Banking, Credit cards, UPI QR etc. continue to see strong momentum 

During the quarter the Bank has issued 80k+ credit cards and installed 1.7 Lac+ QR codes  

In all, we have 2.4 Lac+ credit cards outstanding of which over 42% of the customers are first time credit card users in more than 150+ districts of the country   

1.5 Lac+ Savings Account opened digitally via Video Banking since launch earlier this year and total relationship value of these accounts now at Rs 700+ Cr 

3.    Other key updates 

The Bank has expanded its presence to 34 new touchpoints and its physical network is now spread across 953 touchpoints as on June 30, 2022 across 20 states and 2 UTs 

CRISIL Ratings has upgraded the long-term rating of the Bank to ‘CRISIL AA/Stable’ from ‘CRISIL AA-/Positive’. The rating on Short-term Instruments (Certificate of Deposits) of the Bank has been reaffirmed at CRISIL A1+  

AU Bank received “Golden Peacock Award” for CSR 

AU Bank won as ‘Best Small Finance Bank’ at the MSME Banking Excellence Awards 2021 by CIMSME 

AU Bank was recognized at the Retail Banker International Asia Trailblazer Awards 2022 by: 

Excellence in Employee Engagement 

Best Fintech Partnership 

AU Bank is rated as “Technology Innovator of the Year” at 3rd BFSI Technology Excellence Awards 2022. 

PFRDA awarded AU bank with: 

APY Annual Award 

Recognized Game Changers 

Leadership Capital Award 3.0 

Badlaav Humse Hai – an integrated marketing communications campaign - to highlight the innovation-centricity of the Bank has gained viewership and is helping to establish the Brand identity of the Bank 

Commenting on the performance, Mr. Sanjay Agarwal, MD & CEO, AU Small Finance Bank said,  "I am very happy with the progress we have made as a Bank in the last 21 quarters despite working in an unusually challenging environment. Our business model is becoming increasingly sustainable with each passing quarter driven by our retail-focused branch banking franchise, well positioned asset verticals with consistently resilient asset quality, traction in our digital initiatives, and continued focus on high governance standards. I really want to thank our customers for servicing their obligations as their businesses normalized after the pandemic and wish them success in their endeavors. 

Q1FY23 was one of the best Q1 for us in the last several years as we saw healthy performance across key parameters - improvement in CASA ratio and retail deposits mix, reduction in our GNPA ratio supported by collections remaining north of 100%, growth in each of the asset business, stable spreads and asset quality, and overall healthy profitability. We are expanding our distribution and continue to invest in digital initiatives, branding and distribution to capture the significant opportunities available to us and be future ready. We made our debut in north-east this quarter and have been getting good acceptance in the newer markets of South India and East India.    

The macro-economic environment and geo-political challenges have kept inflation levels elevated and interest rates are hardening.  While these impact costs, our endeavor remains on maintaining our return ratios. With good monsoon and expected support from festive season in second half of the year, we remain cautiously optimistic for the year as a whole”.  

About AU Small Finance Bank:  

AU Small Finance Bank Limited (AU Bank) is a scheduled commercial bank, a Fortune India 500 Company and the largest Small Finance Bank in the country. Starting its journey from the hinterlands of Rajasthan, today AU Bank is the largest Small Finance Bank with a deep understanding of the rural and semi-urban markets that has enabled it build robust business model facilitating inclusive growth. With 27+ years legacy of being a retail focused and customer-centric institution, AU started its banking operations in April 2017 and as on 30th June 2022, it has established operations across 953 banking touchpoints while serving 30.7 Lakh customers in 20 States & 2 Union Territories with an employee base of 29,883 employees. The Bank has a net worth of Rs 7,789 Cr, deposit base of Rs 54,631 Cr and Assets Under Management (AUM) of Rs 50,161 Cr. AU Bank enjoys the trust of marquee investors and is listed at both the leading stock exchanges viz. NSE and BSE. It has consistently maintained a high external credit rating from all major rating agencies like CRISIL, CARE Ratings and India Ratings. 

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