Rating Rationale
August 01, 2018 | Mumbai
Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited
'CRISIL AA+/Stable' assigned to Perpetual Non Cumulative Preference Shares
Rating Action
Rs.500 Crore Perpetual Non Cumulative Preference Shares CRISIL AA+/Stable (Assigned)
Rs.250 Crore Upper Tier-II Bonds (Under Basel II) CRISIL AAA/Stable (Withdrawn)
Rs.295 Crore Lower Tier-II Bonds (Under Basel II) CRISIL AAA/Stable (Withdrawn)
Rs.516 Crore Lower Tier-II Bonds (Under Basel II)* CRISIL AAA/Stable (Reaffirmed)
Rs.185.8 Crore Lower Tier-II Bonds (Under Basel II) CRISIL AAA/Stable (Reaffirmed)
Rs.1800 Crore Infrastructure Bonds CRISIL AAA/Stable (Reaffirmed)
Fixed Deposits FAAA/Stable (Reaffirmed)
Rs.17000 Crore Certificate of Deposits CRISIL A1+ (Reaffirmed)
1 crore = 10 million
Refer to annexure for Details of Instruments & Bank Facilities
* Originally issued by erstwhile ING Vysya Bank
Detailed Rationale

CRISIL has assigned its 'CRISIL AA+/Stable' rating to the Rs 500 crore Perpetual Non-Cumulative Preference Shares of Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd (KMBL; part of the Kotak group) and has withdrawn its rating on Rs 295 crore Lower Tier-II Bonds (under Basel II) and Rs 250 crore Upper Tier-II Bonds (under Basel II) since the outstanding against the same was nil. Ratings on the other debt instruments and fixed deposits have been reaffirmed at 'CRISIL AAA/FAAA/Stable/CRISIL A1+'.
The overall ratings continue to reflect the Kotak group's strong capitalisation, healthy asset quality, and comfortable earnings.
CRISIL's rating on the Perpetual Non-Cumulative Preference Shares (Under Basel III) of KMBL is as per the criteria 'https://www.crisil.com/content/dam/crisil/criteria_methodology/financials/BASEL III compliant instruments.pdf' As per the criteria for tier I capital (under Basel III), CRISIL evaluates the bank's (i) reserves position (adjusted for any medium-term stress in profitability) and (ii) cushion over regulatory minimum CET1 (including CCB) capital ratios. CRISIL also evaluates the bank's demonstrated track record and management philosophy regarding maintaining sufficient CET1 capital cushion above the minimum regulatory requirements. KMBL's eligible reserves to total assets remains comfortable at around 7.5% as of March 31, 2018, with adequate CET1 capital buffer of 10.2% as on March 31, 2018 (CET1 ratio of 17.53% compared to the regulatory minimum of 7.38%).

Analytical Approach

For arriving at the ratings, CRISIL has combined the financial and business risk profiles of KMBL and KMBL's other subsidiaries. This is because all the entities, collectively referred to as the Kotak group, have extensive business and operational linkages, and same senior management and brand.

Key Rating Drivers & Detailed Description
Strong capitalization: The Kotak group has maintained its strong capital position. Absolute networth increased to Rs 50,486 crore as on March 31, 2018 (Rs 52,124 crore as on June 30, 2018), from Rs 38,491 crore as on March 31, 2017. Tier-I capital adequacy ratio (CAR) and overall CAR were healthy, at 17.8% and 18.4%, respectively, as on March 31, 2018 (18.0% and 18.5%, respectively, including unaudited profits for the quarter ended as on June 30, 2018). The bank raised Rs 5,803 crore through a Qualified Institutional Placement (QIP) issuance in fiscal 2018. Networth coverage for net non-performing assets (NPAs) was also comfortable at 28.5 times as on March 31, 2018 (31.8 times as on June 30, 2018). Capitalization of the other fund-based Kotak group entities is also comfortable with the gearing of Kotak Mahindra Prime Ltd and Kotak Mahindra Investments Ltd at 5.1 times and 5.3 times, respectively, as on March 31, 2018 (4.8 times and 4.9 times as on June 30, 2018).

CRISIL believes the Kotak group's capitalisation will continue to be backed by steady internal cash accrual, and will remain strong to support growth initiatives over the medium term.

Healthy asset quality: The Kotak group has demonstrated its ability to maintain asset quality through cycles and its management is proactive in handling potential stress in the lending portfolio. While NPAs and restructured assets have increased post-merger of erstwhile ING Vysya, they remain comparable with peers in the same rating category. The group's gross NPAs were 2.0% as on March 31, 2018 (1.9% as on June 30, 2018), witnessing a decline from 2.3% as on March 31, 2017. Top wholesale advances are also of a low-risk nature. CRISIL believes the Kotak group's stringent underwriting standards, strong risk management systems and processes, and rigorous collection measures will keep asset quality healthy over the medium term.

Comfortable Earnings: The Kotak group has comfortable earnings, with return on assets (RoA) at 2.0% for fiscal 2018 (1.8%, annualized, for quarter ended June 30, 2018). RoA has improved from 1.6% in fiscal 2016 (dipped because of few merger-related one-off costs and elevated credit costs on account of the acquired portfolio). The group's business is diversified across financial services, ensuring a healthy mix of fund- and fee-based revenue streams. Over the past few years, RoA has become more aligned with lending businesses as this segment accounts for around 80% of profit after tax for fiscal 2018, thereby providing stability to earnings. Over the medium term, as the business benefits from the merger flow in and as credit costs are normalised, profitability of the lending business is expected to return to previous levels. With continued traction in the capital markets-related businesses, and steady profitability of the insurance business, outlook for the Kotak group's earnings profile remains comfortable.
Outlook: Stable

CRISIL believes the Kotak group will report steady growth in its lending business, while maintaining healthy asset quality and strong capitalisation, over the medium term. Earnings will continue to benefit from diversified business risk profile. The outlook may be revised to 'Negative' if the group's asset quality weakens, resulting in decline in earnings and capitalisation.

About the Group

KMBL is the flagship company of the Kotak group and has diversified operations covering commercial vehicle financing, consumer loans, corporate finance, and asset reconstruction. Through its subsidiaries, the bank is engaged in investment banking, equity broking, securities-based lending, and car finance. KMBL was reconstituted as a commercial bank from a non-banking financial company (NBFC) in fiscal 2003 to provide a more comprehensive range of financial services. Effective April 1, 2015, ING Vysya Bank was merged with KMBL and the integration process has been completed.

Other than KMBL, the key operating companies of the Kotak group are Kotak Mahindra Prime Ltd (car financing), Kotak Mahindra Capital Company (investment banking), Kotak Securities Ltd (retail and institutional equities broking, and portfolio management services), Kotak Mahindra Investments Ltd (commercial real estate lending and securities-based lending) and Kotak Investment Advisors Ltd (alternate assets space). The group also operates in the life and general insurance business through Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance Company Ltd and Kotak Mahindra General Insurance Company Ltd. It is also present in the asset management business through Kotak Mahindra AMC and Trustee Company Ltd, and recently launched Kotak Infrastructure Debt Fund. The acquisition of BSS Microfinance Ltd (formerly known as BSS Microfinance Pvt. Ltd.), a NBFC-MFI, was completed during the quarter ended September 30, 2017.
The Kotak group's profit after tax (PAT) was Rs 6,201 crore on total income of Rs 38,724 crore (excluding sub-brokerage) for fiscal 2018, against Rs 4,940 crore and Rs 33,905 crore (excluding sub-brokerage), respectively, for fiscal 2017. For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, the group reported a PAT of Rs 1,574 crore on total income of Rs 9,904 crore (excluding sub-brokerage), against Rs 1,347 crore and Rs 8,605 crore (excluding sub-brokerage) for the corresponding period last fiscal.

Key Financial Indicators
As on / for the quarter ended June 30 Unit 2018 2017
Total Assets Rs crore 3,45,021 2,90,178
Total income Rs crore 9,904 8,605
Profit after tax Rs crore 1,574 1,347
Gross NPA % 1.9 2.2
Overall capital adequacy ratio (including unaudited profits) % 18.5 19.5
Return on assets (annualized) % 1.8 1.9

Any other information

Key features of Kotak Mahindra Bank's Rs 500 crore Perpetual Non-Cumulative Preference Shares (under Basel III)

  • The preference shares are non-convertible, perpetual, unsecured, and Basel III-compliant for inclusion in Tier I capital.
  • Coupon payments shall be annual and non-cumulative.
  • The bank has full discretion at all times to cancel coupon payments.
  • The coupon is to be paid out of current-year profits. However, if current-year profits are insufficient, and payment of coupon may result in losses during the year, coupon payment can be made out of eligible reserves (subject to the bank meeting minimum regulatory requirements for CET-I, Tier-I, and total capital ratios at all times as prescribed by RBI, and subject to requirements of capital buffer frameworks, or credit balance in profit and loss account).
  • Dividend stopper clause as defined in the guidelines is applicable.
  • Loss-absorption features as per RBI's BASEL-III norms are applicable.
    • Instrument will be temporarily written-down upon CET I breaching the pre-specified trigger of 5.5% before March 31, 2019, and 6.125% on or after March 31, 2019.
    • The instrument may be permanently written off at the option of RBI on occurrence of point of non-viability (PONV) trigger.
    • The PONV trigger shall be determined by RBI.
Note on complexity levels of the rated instrument:
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Note on Tier-I Instruments (Under Basel III)
The distinguishing features of non-equity Tier-I capital instruments (under Basel III) are the existence of coupon discretion at all times, high capital thresholds for likely coupon non-payment, and principal write-down (on breach of a pre-specified trigger). These features increase the risk attributes of non-equity Tier-I instruments over those of Tier-II instruments under Basel III, and capital instruments under Basel II. To factor in these risks, CRISIL notches down the rating on these instruments from the bank's corporate credit rating. The rating on the bank's tier-I Bonds (under Basel III) is lower by one notch from the bank's corporate credit rating, in line with CRISIL's criteria (refer to 'CRISIL's rating criteria for Basel III-compliant instruments of banks').
The factors that could trigger a default event for non-equity Tier-I capital instruments (under Basel III), resulting in non-payment of coupon, include: i) the bank exercising coupon discretion, ii) inadequacy of eligible reserves to honour coupon payment if the bank reports low profit or a loss, or iii) the bank breaching the minimum regulatory common equity Tier (CET) I, including counter cyclical buffer, ratio. Moreover, given their additional risk attributes, the rating transition for non-equity Tier-I capital instruments (under Basel III) can potentially be higher than that for Tier-II instruments

Annexure - Details of Instrument(s)
ISIN Name of Instrument Date of Allotment Coupon
Rate (%)
Issue Size
Outstanding rating
with Outlook
INE166A08016 Lower Tier II bonds*# 15-Jul-08 10.40% 14-Jul-18 150.00 CRISIL AAA/Stable
INE166A08024 Lower Tier II bonds* 31-Jan-09 9.65% 30-Jan-19 60.00 CRISIL AAA/Stable
INE166A08032 Lower Tier II bonds* 14-Dec-12 9.9% 14-Dec-22 306.00 CRISIL AAA/Stable
INE237A08866 Lower Tier II bonds# 9-Jul-07 10.25% 9-May-18 10.80 CRISIL AAA/Stable
INE237A08890 Lower Tier II bonds 7-Apr-11 9.31% 7-Apr-21 150.00 CRISIL AAA/Stable
INE237A09153 Lower Tier II bonds# 9-Jul-07 10.25% 9-May-18 25.00 CRISIL AAA/Stable
INE237A08908 Infrastructure Bonds 12-Aug-14 9.36% 12-Aug-21 262.00 CRISIL AAA/Stable
INE237A08924 Infrastructure Bonds 14-Jan-15 8.72% 14-Jan-22 500.00 CRISIL AAA/Stable
INE237A08932 Infrastructure Bonds 30-Mar-15 8.45% 30-Mar-22 200.00 CRISIL AAA/Stable
NA Infrastructure Bonds** NA NA NA 838.00 CRISIL AAA/Stable
NA Perpetual Non-Cumulative
Preference Shares**
NA NA NA 500 CRISIL AA+/Stable
NA Fixed Deposits NA NA NA NA FAAA/Stable
NA Certificate of Deposits NA NA NA 17000 CRISIL A1+
*Originally issued by erstwhile ING Vysya Bank
**Not yet issued
#Awaiting independent confirmation of redemption before withdrawing ratings on these facility
Annexure - Rating History for last 3 Years
  Current 2018 (History) 2017  2016  2015  Start of 2015
Instrument Type Outstanding Amount Rating Date Rating Date Rating Date Rating Date Rating Rating
Certificate of Deposits  ST  17000.00  CRISIL A1+      27-11-17  CRISIL A1+  28-11-16  CRISIL A1+  21-08-15  CRISIL A1+  CRISIL A1+ 
                    13-01-15  CRISIL A1+   
Fixed Deposits  FD  0.00  FAAA/Stable      27-11-17  FAAA/Stable  28-11-16  FAAA/Stable  21-08-15  FAAA/Stable  FAAA/Stable 
                    13-01-15  FAAA/Stable   
Infrastructure Bonds  LT  962.00
CRISIL AAA/Stable      27-11-17  CRISIL AAA/Stable  28-11-16  CRISIL AAA/Stable  21-08-15  CRISIL AAA/Stable  CRISIL AAA/Stable 
                    13-01-15  CRISIL AAA/Stable   
Lower Tier-II Bonds (under Basel II)  LT  0.00
CRISIL AAA/Stable      27-11-17  CRISIL AAA/Stable  28-11-16  CRISIL AAA/Stable  21-08-15  CRISIL AAA/Stable  CRISIL AAA/Stable 
                    13-01-15  CRISIL AAA/Stable   
Perpetual Non Cumulative Preference Shares  LT  500.00  CRISIL AA+/Stable    --    --    --    --  -- 
Upper Tier-II Bonds (under Basel II)  LT  0.00
Withdrawal      27-11-17  CRISIL AAA/Stable  28-11-16  CRISIL AAA/Stable  21-08-15  CRISIL AAA/Stable  CRISIL AAA/Stable 
                    13-01-15  CRISIL AAA/Stable   
All amounts are in Rs.Cr.
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