One leading bank and a major multi-decade opportunity
Some of the most compelling long-term investment opportunities to be found today lie within the dynamic and rapidly evolving global emerging market landscape.
One of those, which Antipodes has conducted extensive analysis on in recent years, is Indian credit growth. We see this as a multi-decade growth story in a modernising nation that is amongst the most underbanked in the world.
A key metric: household debt to GDP
Below we have illustrated the extremely low levels of household debt in India vs GDP per capita. The ratio of household debt to GDP is intricately linked to income levels within a country.
However, even accounting for India’s low GDP per capita, we think at around 13%, household debt to GDP is under-penetrated and has scope for significant growth in the years ahead.
As income levels in India continue to rise, our modelling shows that household debt to GDP can reach around 28% by 2030 and 56% by 2060.
This implies that loans-to-households in India can grow at around four times, or 15% at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to 2030. To 2060, this would be around 16 times, or an 8% CAGR.
Backing a market leader
Inefficient and bureaucratic public sector banks still make up most of the Indian system loans at 70%. However, India’s private sector banks are quickly taking share, with our largest portfolio holding ICICI Bank leading the pack.
Since our initial purchase in 2016, ICICI has risen nearly four-fold and still presents outstanding value given the long runway for growth.
Our conviction is supported by three key factors:
Competitive cost of funds from the building of strong retail deposit franchises in recent years.
Best-in-class management teams.
Leadership in technology innovation and agility.
My own personal experience as a customer of ICICI Bank, has further enhanced our conviction - the technological transformation within the franchise has been remarkable over the past decade and the company is beginning to reap the rewards.
Profitability and growth
ICICI Bank provides investors with a cheap banking exposure, relative to its rapid growth profile.
The franchise is delivering leading levels of profitability and growth within a burgeoning banking landscape – owing to the strategic foresight and strong execution of the management teams in charge.
We project ICICI can compound earnings at 15-20% per annum and provide 15-20% ROE over an extremely long timeframe.
For investors, this is just one example of how combing an extraordinary top-down market opportunity, with strong bottom-up stock picking execution can provide stronger and smoother exposure to global emerging markets.
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Sunny Bangia has over a decade of experience investing in Asia. He is the portfolio manager of the Antipodes Asia Fund. Prior to joining Antipodes, Sunny was a strategist at Platinum Asset Management, primarily covering Asian equities. From 2010...