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Vishal Sikka quits Infy, Aircel-Rcom merger approved, RIL fined- Weekly Digest #51

Monday- 14th August 2017

  • SEBI is examining the purchase of 8.9% stake credit rating firm CARE Ratings by CRISIL after the former complained that the transaction was an attempt at a potential hostile takeover.
  • The Bombay High court has put up debt-ridden Sahara Group’s Aamby Valley property at Lonavala for a public auction. The reserve price for the property is ₹37,392 crores.
  • NCLT admitted proposals for the merger between Aircel and Reliance Communications’ wireless business, as well as the RCom’s sale of its tower business to Canada’s Brookfield. RCom’s share price soared 19% to ₹24.
  • FIH Mobile, the Hong Kong-listed unit of Foxconn Technology Solutions has written down its $200 million investment in Jasper Infotech which operates Snapdeal to $40 million.
  • PB Balaji to succeed C Ramakrishnan as chief financial officer of Tata Motors with effect from November 2017.

 

Tuesday-  15th August 2017

  • The government has disallowed Reliance Industries and partners to recover $264 million of cost of developing KG-D6 fields for 2015-16 as the output from the field fell short of the target
  • Glory Entities and Twickenham Investment are selling 10 million shares of Genpact to public shareholders, diluting their combined shareholding from 35.1% to 29.9%
  • The process of hearing and disposing of bankruptcy cases at the Mumbai Chapter of the National Company Law Tribunal may quicken as it is likely to get 4 new judges and two benches, and support staff to handle the extra load.

 

Wednesday-  16th August 2017

  • The board of Tata Sons under N Chandrasekaran has ordered its group companies to scrap all business dealings with Cyrus and Shapoor Mistry’s SP Group. This is likely to put transactions worth crores at risk.
  • SoftBank Group Corp is in talks with Rivigo Services to invest at least $100 million in the surface -transport logistics provider. This could value the company at $1 billion.
  • Canteen Stores Department (CSD) has slapped an over ₹250 crore fine on United Spirits for violating a pricing agreement. United Spirits is alleged to have supplied products to the CSD at inflated prices.
  • Sanjay Chandra, the promoter of developer Unitech Ltd jailed in a cheating case, urged the Supreme Court to release him on bail for three months to mop up funds to pay back flat buyers. He was sent to jail in connection with a cheating case registered against them by flat-owners in a Gurgaon project.
  • The stock market extended its recovery for the second-straight session as the Sensex climbed to 31,770. while the Nifty reached 9,897 points as domestic institutions stepped up their purchases, helping absorb the selling by foreign investors.

 

Thursday-  August 2017

  • Ahead of Infy’s board meeting, the stock jumped 4.5% to close at ₹1,021.15 as shareholders are expecting a buyback from the company.
  • Nasdaq-listed Ebix Inc. is set to buy the business of Wall Street Finance Ltd in a two-leg transaction for ₹47 crore. In the first leg, the company will acquire Wall Street Finance’s wholly-owned subsidiary Goldman Securities for ₹5.1 crore. Subsequently, the GSPL will buy out the international money transfer business of Wall Street Finance for ₹42.2 crore.
  • HDFC Life is likely to offload 15% of existing shares through its proposed initial public offering in the coming months. HDFC will sell 9.57% holding in the insurance firm while its partner Standard Life will sell 5.43%

 

Friday-  August 2017

  • Vishal Sikka resigned as the CEO of Infosys as the Board alleges that the founder, NR Narayana Murthy bullied him into quitting. Chief operating officer UB Pravin Rao has been appointed interim MD and CEO. This news wiped out ₹22,000 crore mcap of the company.
  • Infosys shares touched a three-year low after the news of Sikka quitting the company. It slipped 13% to ₹923.10. Sensex plunged 271 points, to close at 31524.68, while the Nifty fell 66.75 points, to close at 9737.40.
  • Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India sparred with newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm at an open house discussion over modalities of testing of a network. The incumbents said the users acquired for trial purposes should be restricted, not allowed to enroll for commercial services and not offered mobile number portability.

 

Source: The Economic Times
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Flipkart’s Biggest Funding, Service Charge Issues, Infosys disappointing results- Weekly Digest #40

Monday- 10th April 2017

  • Religare Enterprises Ltd (REL) is selling its entire 80% stake in Religare Health Insurance Co (RHI) to private equity firm True North. This values the health insurance company at ₹1,300 crores.
  • Flipkart to buy Indian arm of its rival eBay and has announced the funding for the same for ₹9,000 crores.
  • Ruptub Solutions, which owns and operates budget hotel chain Treebo, has delisted all its properties from the MakeMyTrip and Ibibo platforms. The reason has been cited as higher commission charged by these platforms.

 

Tuesday- 11th April 2017

  • Reliance Jio Infocomm unveiled a new plan for mobile phone subscribers, offering three months of freebies besides 1 GB data a day for a one-time recharge of `309 and above. It has been criticized by Bharti Airtel as it deems it to be extension of its Happy New Year Plan.
  • HackerEarth has raised a $4.5 million in Series-A investment round led by DHI Group, owner of US-based career site Dice. The startup plans to use the money to grow in the space of innovation management, strengthen its product team, and expand its business internationally.
  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) plans to raise ₹50,000 crore in the current fiscal,  ₹10,000 crore higher than the previous year, as it wants to achieve the government’s target of lending ₹10 lakh crore for agriculture.
  • Anil Aggarwal has announced the merger of Cairn India with Vedanta has been completed. The merged company would preserve the “Cairn“ brand.

 

Wednesday- 12th April 2017

  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) plans to make it mandatory for companies raising less than ₹500 crore through IPO to appoint a monitoring agency to keep track of the use of funds.
  • Technology company Mindtree has notified stock exchanges that its executive chairman Krishnakumar Natarajan has informed the company that he inadvertently violated its insider trading programme as his portfolio management services company bought 240 equity shares of the company without informing him.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its go ahead to list 11 central public sector enterprises (CPSEs), which include five railway entities and a defence company.  The government will reduce its stake in these firms by up to 25%.
  • Following rising military tension in the Middle East and the Korean peninsula, the Sensex lost 145 points to close at 29,643 and Nifty ended lower by 33.55 points at 9,203.45 after cracking below 9,200.
  • Qualcomm announced that it was asked to refund Canada’s BlackBerry $814.9 million in an arbitration over royalties for certain past sales.

 

Thursday- 13th April 2017

  • Tata Trust Trustees along with five others have filed a (PIL) in the Bombay HC against the union government, IRDAI and five state-run life insurance companies for investing in tobacco companies including ITC and VST Industries as they contradict the anti-tobacco stance of the government of India.
  • Infosys said it would pay shareholders up to ₹13,000 crore, through dividends and share buybacks in FY18. Despite this, Infosys fell 3.86%, pulling down the stock of rivals Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro as investors expect the gloom to spread. Infosys fell as much as 4.31% before closing at ₹931.40.
  • Bharti Airtel has approached the telecom tribunal against Reliance Jio Infocomm, asking it to restrain Jio from providing free services, including those offered under its `Summer Surprise’ offer that was withdrawn on order from the sector regulator.
  • Federal Bank is planning to sell up to 26% stake in its non-bank finance unit, Fedbank Financial Services, to private equity firms to raise ₹400-500 crore
  • Ola has raised an amount of ₹1,675 crores in fresh funding from Japanese telecom and internet major SoftBank Corp.

 

Friday-14th April 2017

  • The Income Tax Department has identified more than 60,000 persons under the second phase of Operation Clean Money launched on Friday to detect the generation of black money after demonetization.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the BHIM-Aadhaar platform, a biometric-based indigenous payment solution will enable real-time bank-to-bank money transfers even for those without a phone and at no additional cost.
  • The government may dismantle the PPP Approval Committee (PPPAC), the finance ministry committee that approves public-private partnership (PPP) projects, and hand over that duty to Niti Aayog.
  • Ram Vilas Paswan, minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution said that there is no such thing as service charge and if it is being charged by restaurants, it is wrong. He also said that an advisory has been issued in this regard and sent to PMO.

 

Source: The Economic Times

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Infosys’ internal conflicts, RBI’s neutral stance, Withdrawal Limits update- Weekly Digest #34

Monday- 6th February 2017

  • Tata Sons removed former chairman Cyrus Mistry from its board, marking the end of another phase in the months-long battle. The motion received 80% assent.
  • Telecom Commission has questioned TRAI over methods and basis of charging the penalty of ₹3050 crores on Airtel, Idea and Vodafone for failing to provide adequate points of connection to Jio Infocomm. Question have been raised over TRAI’s authority to issue such penalties.
  • Snapdeal’s head of corporate development Abhishek Kumar has resigned from his position, adding to the struggles of e-retailer to reduce its expenses and raise money.

 

Tuesday- 7th February 2017

  • Govenrnment raised an amiunt of ₹6,700 crores by selling 2% stake in ITC as it moves closer towards its goal of raising funds through disinvestment.
  • Tata Steel posted a above the expecataions profit of ₹232 crores for Q3, as it reclaims its status of a profit making entity. It has been attributed to a strong performance in the home market.
  • AisAsia India has appointed former Tata Power executive as its CFO. This is indicative of enhancement of involvement of its Indian paent company in the operations.
  • ITC surpassed RIL and HDFC in terms of market capitalisation to reach the number 2 stop. The current leader in market capitalisation is TCS. ITC closed at an all time high of ₹277.10.
  • The Sensex slipped over 104 points and the Nifty slipped below the 8,800mark, pulled down by rate-sensitive banking, realty and other stocks ahead of the RBI monetary policy.

 

Wednesday- 8th February 2017

  • RBI kept the repo rate unchanged at 6.25%, adopting a neutral stance third time in a row. This came as a surprising move as rate cut would have helped economy to reciver from aftermaths of demonetization.
  • The withdrawal limits on bank accounts are to be removed from 13th March 2017. To be raised to ₹50,000 from 20th Februaruy 2017
  • United Breweries has issued a notice to to Vijay Malya, asking him to step down as the chairman after SEBI barred him from holding any key managerial position in any company in India.
  • Trouble at Infosys as internal management conflicts arising over salary package of its CEO, Vishal Sikka. This has resulted in conflicts between the management and the promoters of the company.

 

Thursday- 9th February 2017

  • Ola’s biggest hire, former CFO of Infosys, Rajiv Goel, has quit the comapny as the company is witnessing another top management churn. Raghuvesh Sarup, CMO of the comapny has also resigned from his position.
  • India handed over to the UK an extradition request for absconding businessman Vijay Mallya who is facing cases of loan default and other financial irregularities.
  • Shares of Indraprastha Gas (IGL) touched their 52-week high after the company reported a 37% jump in net profit for the third quarter ended December attributing to higher sales volumes and realisations. The share price touched ₹1026.

 

Friday-10th February 2017

  • After co-founder Narayan Murthy raised concerns over declining governance standards, Infosys’ board members closed ranks behind non-executive chairman R Seshasayee in a strong show of support.
  • The government appointed Ajay Tyagi, a senior bureaucrat at the Finance Ministry to head the SEBI by replacing UK Sinha, whose term will end on 1st March 2017.
  • SBI posted a 134% rise in net profit for Q3 to ₹2610 crores owing to healthy fees and trading profits.
  • Tata Power Company has appointed N Chandrasekaran as chairman and additional director of the company.

 

Source: The Econmic Times
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