Yes Bank Shares Surge 9% After Q4: Why Brokerage Sees 30% Downside Ahead

Yes Bank’s share price was surging on Monday as the company posted string results for the March quarter.

What Happened: The private lender reported of a 123% year-on-year (YoY) increase in its profit for the March quarter, reaching ₹452 crore. The surge in profit is primarily attributed to income tax refunds totaling ₹247 crore, which includes interest on a refund of ₹118 crore received during the quarter.

The bank’s CEO Prashant Kumar said that these gains were strategically employed to bolster asset quality metrics, leading to a significant reduction in the non-performing assets (NPA) and net carrying value of stressed assets.

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However, analysts at Kotak Securities were not very impressed by the numbers. The brokerage firm has maintained its “sell” call on the stock with a target price of ₹19. The target reflects an around 20% downside from the stock current market price of around ₹27. The brokerage emphasised that while one-offs have dominated the Q4 earnings, the recovery process for Yes Bank will be slow.

In related news, media reports suggest that the State Bank of India (SBI) has received government approval to sell its 25.02% stake in Yes Bank. According to the Financial Express report, potential buyers for SBI’s stake include Bain Capital, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, and Japanese funds.

Price Action: Yes Bank’s share price was up 5.16% to trade at ₹27.50 in early trade on Monday.

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