Yes Bank shares gain; Nomura raises to 'buy'

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 10:57 hrs

Shares in Yes Bank Ltd gain 2.7 percent after Nomura upgraded the stock to "buy" from "neutral" and raised its target price to 615 rupees from 425 rupees.

Nomura says Yes Bank was granted 146 new branch licenses by the RBI, which should improve returns on assets (ROA).

These licenses should be implemented over the next 18 months, and improve the bank's current and savings account (CASA) ratios to 26 percent for fiscal 2015 from 18.3 percent as of the third quarter of fiscal 2013, Nomura estimates.

Net interest margins should improve to 3.45 percent by fiscal 2015 from 2.95 percent in fiscal 2013, driving a 15-20 bps ROA improvement, Nomura says.

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