IDFC First Bank Limited

Current ROE of bank is around 10% and loan book is growing at around 25 %. To maintain the capital adequate ratio bank has to raise tier 1 capital at 15 % . If 15 % is raised at 1.5 times premium to book value, dilution of the equity will be 10%. This is obvious requirement. ROE of the bank will be progressively increase over time. In future tier 1 capital raise requirement will be less. This capital will be raised at higher premium and dilution will be less. So severe dilution pain is short term ( 1 to 2 years) phenomenon.
Disclosure: invested and biased.


V Vaidyanathan, MD & CEO, IDFC FIRST Bank, speaks to CNBC TV18 on 1 year capital planning


There’s quite a bit of optimism about banking in general. What about IDFC First, in terms of profits, bad loans and growth?

Our operating profit in FY22 is up 45% over FY21. In FY23 we have guided for 45-50% growth, which we are on track. We can grow profits by a similar amount in FY24 again because it is all based on core income. We have already reached a 1% return on assets within three and a half years. Our gross non-performing assets are only 2% and net NPA is only 0.7%. Our SMA 1+2 is only 1%. Once the ₹750 crore toll road account is sorted, Net NPA at the overall bank level will come down from 1% to 0.7%."


I believe they will constantly need capital for growth. Since their RoE is lagging behind its growth it needs to raise. Once double digit ROE sustains, this tradition should stop.

Also I believe this makes a strong statement to the parent that they are not hard pressed for reverse merger.


IDFC calls it baseless media report.

PS: You got lazy there pasting the entire articles. A link would have sufficed.



The Bank is raising funds via CD.


“IDFC First Bank was an early adopter of the EV market and has established itself as a bankable partner for Ather’s customers. This has become a critical cohort as the company is expanding into Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.”


IDFC First has the potential to turn into a bank with a true fintech company halo around it…


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This can alleviate fears of equity dilution to certain extent if I am not wrong… :thinking:


Idfc should get in to the top 10 very soon.


There are few things that takes years to build up. After the NPA cleanup and provisioning done by all the banks during Covid times, this issue has been sorted and in healthy state for all the Banks however, Credit Card business requires years to build-up.

  1. The offers provided by the top 4 in the above list is usually very lucrative.
  2. If you visit any mall, shopping centers, you will find sales people of these companies irritating and shamelessly asking you to get the CC. That’s the nature of CC business.
    I do not see a huge amount of innovation coming up in the credit space and it is over-saturated. Naturally for IDFC to build-up and reach top 5 is going to take a while.
    There is no specific USP of IDFC FB CC which is so attractive that they can snatch existing customers of established banks.
    Neo banks and other new age digital companies are trying real hard with some unique propositions but given the risks involved, RBI is very cautious about not spoiling the spending habits of the Indian population which is healthy for our economy.

I would avoid being overoptimistic on the CC business.

PS: I hold IDFC in my portfolio, have multiple savings account in my family and CC as well.


One thing unique about IDFC First is the customer friendly attitude of its employees. A friend I lost to corona used to tell how they always came forward to help.
I have found the atmosphere in smaller banks and smaller branches more friendly. I remember a branch of Lord Krishna Bank in our neighbourhood. they merged with HDFC. That of course is the largest private sector bank with more stuffy attitude.

If leaving my present bank, a big private bank were not so cumbersome, I would have opened an account in IDFC First. As I have written in a separate post, never underestimate how a customer comes to view a company. And this is bound to reflect in its annual report too.

Two examples would illustrate this. I have opted for my pension account in a private bank because I have seen how govt babu like attitude the PSU Bank people have.

Then, people used to prefer Vistara though its tickets were costlier. Search in Google, the most unfriendly staff in the whole airline business was not that of Air India, though they are no angels. Experienced people always advised you to avoid Air Asia.

May be the soft-power of IDFC First will also have its say.


The 1500 crore issue was over-subscribed and saw interest from long-term investors such as pension funds and insurance companies:


IDFCFB credit card is not easily available to the masses. IDFC First Wow asks for FD and others need pre-approval. I don’t think there is a system to approve based on CIBIL score.

HDFC, ICICI, SBI etc in comparison have simple approvals (without FD, Savings account)

Don’t know why a mid sized bank looking to expand so aggressively doesn’t have easy procedures for issuing credit cards.


IDFC First Bank simply granted me without my consent a credit card, as I was having a One credit card, it was backed by first bank. I had a terrible experience for changing mobile no associated with the card. Here I want to bring two things. One approval and sent a card without any consent. I never attended their marketing calls. Second, the software development team do not enforce simple device recognition for mobile change request. And there are ample no of people singing hymn for this bank.


IDFC First wow seems to be a secured credit card. If you deposit say X amount as FD for 366 days @ 6.5% FD, they will give you a credit limit of X amount. So, a very secured way of lending and it will be issued to anyone without checking credit profile in minutes.

This strategy has it’s pros and cons.

I don’t think IDFCFB will get good quality customers with this strategy. It is attractive to only people with no CIBIL score or low CIBIL scores.