2020 is a blast for equity brokerage industry

Source :Sify
Author :Finance Desk
Last Updated: Thu, Oct 15th, 2020, 14:10:24hrs
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The Indian equity broking industry that had been grumbling and discussing ways to improve brokerage fees can smile looking at the Covid marred year.

A fortnight ago, Ashish Kumar Chouhan, the Chief at Bombay Stock Exchange, in an interview explained how investors took to trading despite Covid and the lockdown phases.

On Wednesday a report suggests that the brokerage industry saw a surge in active client base.

The number of active demat accounts has increased for the current fiscal - 2020-21, says a report by Spark Capital.

The report further finds that the industry witnessed highest growth in NSE active clients, reflected in strong growth in average daily turnover in cash and F&O.

"Addition to NSE active client base has been highest in till date in FY21. In 5MFY21 it increased by 2.7 mn which is higher than 2.5 mn addition witnessed during FY18-20. Strong growth trends are witnessed in no of active Demat accounts," it said.

It noted that market cap and cash turnover to GDP of India is lower than world average, but it has a very active equity derivative market which has grown sharply over last decade.

Another major trend in the brokerage industry is that there has been an increase in contribution of options, which is a low margin product. Introduction of weekly options since February this year further accelerated the contribution of options to the market turnover.

The report noted that given the surge in option volumes in comparison to cash and futures, getting broking price right for the 'Option' segment is crucial for retail brokers.

The report, which in specific analyses ICICI Securities, said that the contribution of distribution income is higher than peers.

It estimated ICICI Securities' earnings CAGR to be at 16 per cent with revenue CAGR of 14 per cent during FY20-23.