Revenue growth of brokerages likely to moderate in next fiscal: Crisil

The revenue growth of the domestic broking industry is likely to moderate in 2021-22, says Crisil. The rating agency says market volatility and phased implementation of new margin regulations could be a drag on incremental volume growth next fiscal.

“After record-high active client additions and average daily turnover (ADTO) in a pandemic-marred fiscal, will continue to see positive revenue growth in fiscal 2022. Nevertheless, the growth will be muted,” Crisil said in a release.

In FY21, the industry revenues are pegged to have grown between 65-70 per cent over FY20. The strong growth was underpinned by robust addition in new customers.

In the first nine months of FY21, the broking industry added 5.2 million new clients – more than what they added during the preceding four years, cumulatively.

As on December 2020, the total active client base to stood at 160 million

The sharp rally in the equity coupled with the new client additions also saw average daily trading turnover soar to record highs.

The agency, however, says the new client additions are not translating into higher revenues for the industry. During the December quarter, the broking revenue de-grew by 1-8 per cent on a sequential basis

“Performance in the December quarter shows signs of fatigue creeping in, with most broking entities registering on-quarter de-growth in revenue , despite continued record client additions,” said Krishnan Sitaraman, Senior Director, CRISIL Ratings.

The regulatory changes could be weighing on trading volumes.

The two regulatory changes are – upfront margin requirement in cash segment trading, effective September 1, 2020, and full margin requirement for intraday position to be implemented in phases starting with 25 per cent peak margin from December 1, 2020, to 100 per cent September 1, 2021.

Discount brokers grabbed a significant market share of active clients. But they still lag bank-led brokers in terms of revenue market share, said Crisil.

Crisil Ratings estimates that the average revenue per user for bank-led was Rs 10,000-12,000 during the first half of fiscal 2021, while that for discount brokers was Rs 4,000-8,000.

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