After the company announced that its lenders and shareholders will consider demergering the financial services business on May 2, shares of Reliance Industries (RIL) rose nearly 4% to Rs 2,314.
It is anticipated to become a significant player in a variety of industries, including the NBFC (non-banking financial company) sector, with a net worth of Rs 25,851 crore by March 2022.
For every share held in the company, RIL shareholders will receive a share in the demerged entity, per the plan. In a statement, the company said that following the demerger, the shares of Reliance Strategic Investments will be listed on the National Stock Exchange and BSE under the name Jio Financial Services.
RIL stated, in relation to the plan’s justification as well as its advantages, that further growth and expansion in the financial services industry would necessitate a different strategy linked to risks, market dynamics, and growth trajectory specific to the industry.
The idea of monetary administrations is not the same as different organizations and they can draw in an alternate arrangement of financial backers, key accomplices, banks and different partners.
A financial services company can leverage its growth heavily and create value for the demerged company’s shareholders. The government and regulators are developing policies for banking, NBFCs, insurance, mutual funds, and other services with an emphasis on financial inclusion.
RIL had underperformed the market over the past four months, falling 18%, while the S&P BSE Sensex had fallen 8%. On March 20, 2023, the stock almost reached its 52-week low of Rs 2,180. On April 29, 2022, it had reached a 52-week high of Rs 2,855.
In the meantime, in the current calendar year 2023 (CY23), JP Morgan analysts continue to view RIL as a relative outperformer despite the potential for absolute performance to be driven by a sluggish earnings environment. Let’s take a look at a few potential catalysts in the 24th and 25th years.
“Earnings growth is being driven by volume growth in E&P, continued strength in the refining business, and a potential rebound in petrochem spreads from decade-lows fueled by China’s reopening. The brokerage firm stated in a report that RIL continues to offer multiple growth options across businesses (petrochem, E&P, telecom, retail, financial services, new energy), and ongoing investments should drive the subsequent phase of growth.
RIL’s ongoing capital expenditures and investments should enable it to expand its retail, telecommunications, and petrochemical segments, which are already leading the industry. Although we do not consider New Energy to be an investment case for the next 12 to 18 months, it has the potential to be a multi-year opportunity. According to the brokerage firm, we anticipate that the AGM this year will focus on Jio Financial Services (ZFS).