India: Great expectations versus ground realities – ANZ

ANZ analysts suggest that Indian risk assets are not at stratospheric levels but recent valuations, particularly for equities and the rupee, remain out of sync with moribund growth.

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“Discounting future cash flows, equity prices are admittedly forward-looking. However, the problem is that India's growth in the foreseeable future is unlikely to rise to its potential level of around 7%.”

“Recent tax cuts, though undisputedly important in placing India in a competitive tax jurisdiction, will prove insufficient when growth is being impeded by weak aggregate demand and a fractured financial system. The absence of accompanying structural reforms in the land and labour markets also cast doubt on whether the pay-off from tax reforms is adequate to catapult India into a global manufacturing hub.”

“Rather, we expect more of the same — a continuation of negative surprises to consensus growth estimates, most likely through the first half of 2020.”

“An attendant de-rating of Indian equities via diminished foreign portfolio flows can pressure the INR, but only if the basic balance of payments position deteriorates. At the same time, a fiscal slippage will add to the risk premia on Indian assets.”

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