gem worth investing - IDFC


Infrastructure Development Finance Company has been a preferred lender to infrastructure projects due to its long track record and age old association with the government in policy formulation.

However, due to pressure on margins in this wholesale financing business, IDFC has formed its strategy of stepping up its fee-based income by acquiring stakes in various businesses including brokerage firm SSKI, buyout of Standard Chartered Mutual Fund, and private equity along with debt finance and syndication opportunities.

Nevertheless, infrastructure financing would remain a key revenue stream for the next few years due to the astounding (around $500 billion) opportunity in infrastructure spending.

Moreover, with India's economic growth still one of the highest in the world, even after the expectations of a mild slowdown, and favourable demographics (leaving more disposable income in the hands of people), the financial services industry is expected to experience buoyant times.

For example, the Indian asset management industry has grown over 40 per cent in the last four years and is expected to grow at a rapid clip in the future as well. All this suggests that IDFC is not only set to grow at more than healthy rates, but should also emerge as a formidable financial institution.

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