China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba to acquire a minority stake in logistics company XpressBees for an estimated amount of $100 million as it looks to break into Indian markets to compete with global rival Amazon, and homegrown rival Flipkart.
BoB failed to sell bad loans amounting to ₹2,300 crore due from Bhushan Steel and Essar Steel as the reserve price was above market rates and only overseas investors and private equity funds were allowed to bid.
SBI gave a new year gift to its borrowers as it lowered the base rate by 30 points to 8.65%. The move is expected to prevent rivals from poaching the existing customers.
SBI to initiate insolvency proceedings against at least a dozen defaulting companies including Visa Steel, Monnet Power, Uttam Steel, Essar Projects, Videocon Telecom, Jaiswal Neco and Jai Balaji after failing to recast their loans by the December 31 deadline.
Following the steps of IOB, Axis Bank to put its ₹2,000-crore loan to Bhushan Steel up for sale in the distressed-assets market. The bank may get as much as ₹1,200 crore.
Tuesday- 2nd January 2018
India’s largest retailer, Future Group is in talks with Snapdeal to acquire its logistics arm, Vulcan Express for about ₹50 crore in an all-cash deal.
Tata Technologies, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, suspended some of its employees for allegedly issuing forged letters of employment to 60 people.
The rupee hit its highest level against the dollar as it closed at 63.48 a dollar, up 0.31% from its previous closing.
Wednesday- 3rd January 2018
The RBI has ordered banks to recalibrate ATMs to ensure that more numbers of the ₹200 denomination note are dispensed to the public in a move to step up the supply of lower-denomination currency.
The RBI has ordered the banks not to initiate bankruptcy proceedings against Jaiprakash Associates. This comes amidst anticipation of legal complications after a Supreme Court ruling barred its promoters from selling or transferring assets.
South African Internet group Naspers has emerged as the frontrunner for an estimated $200 million investment in Swiggy. The investment is expected to increase the valuation of the food delivery venture to $650 million.
Online retailer Flipkart has infused approximately ₹1,632 crore into its logistics arm Ekart in an effort to further strengthen its delivery and warehousing capabilities.
Warburg Pincus India managing director Nitin Nayar has resigned from his position to launch his own investment fund with an expected corpus of $150-200 million, focusing on technology-related bets.
Thursday- 4th January 2018
India’s top seven Bitcoin exchanges including Zebpay, Unocoin, CoinSecure and BtcxIndia, to approach the AAR for clarity regarding levy of GST on transactions relating to Bitcoins.
After receiving criticism over exorbitant salaries paid to top executives, Infosys has crafted a transparent compensation package for the new CEO, Salil Parekh. He will be eligible for a fixed salary of ₹6.5 crore and a variable pay of ₹9.75 crore, which is much lower than what his predecessor was offered, i.e. ₹70.4 crore.
As a part of the ₹500-crore pre-IPO fund raised by EtechAces, it has committed an amount of ₹200 crore for its subsidiary; the digital marketplace for loans, mutual funds and credit cards, Paisabazaar.
Idea Cellular to raise a total of ₹6,750 crore ahead of its merger with Vodafone India to pare debt and free up cash for expansion. The amount to be raised in two tranches, by raising ₹3,250 crore through preference shares in first and balance ₹3,500 crores through preference shares @₹99.50.
Friday- 5th January 2018
The rupee gained 0.06% to 63.37 per dollar to a near three-year record on Friday as overseas investments flooded into India amid global dollar weakness.
Executive Chairman of Religare Enterprises, S Lakshminarayanan, a retired IAS officer and independent director Kishori Udeshi, a former RBI deputy governor resigned from the board of the company.
Rohit Gothi, executive director of market operations at beverage maker Coca-Cola’s bottling partner has resigned from his position after the company announced a large-scale restructuring of its business, which would make some jobs redundant.
CDB has withdrawn its insolvency filing against RCom. However, Swedish gear maker Ericsson to its battle against the Anil Ambani-owned telecom operator to recover its dues of ₹1,150 crore.
Serial entrepreneur C Sivasankaran is set to take the DoT to the Supreme Court in the wake of the 2G case acquittals, seeking ₹3,400 crore in damages that he lost after the apex court had cancelled 122 licences, including six of STel’s in 2012.
HDFC Ltd and its JV partner Standard Life Investments to raise ₹4,000 crore by selling a 10% stake in asset management company HDFC Mutual Fund.
SoftBank executive Lydia Jett, who recently stepped down as a director at Snapdeal, joined the board of Flipkart. This comes after the merger talks between the two e-commerce companies failed.
McDonald’s former JV partner Vikram Bakshi said in a statement that nearly all outlets of the fast-food chain in east India has been shut and several others in the north are on the verge of close down due to discontinuation of supplies by its logistics partner.
Tuesday- 26th December 2017
RCom to sell its telecom assets, including spectrum, towers and fibre, worth ₹25,000 crore by March 2018 to pre-pay lenders and exit the ongoing strategic debt restructuring programme. It announced it had reached an out-of-court settlement with CDB.
After RCom announced its plan to sell off its assets, its shares rose 31% to ₹21.33. The Sensex went past 34,000 points mark to close at 34,010.61 points. The Nifty ended up 38.50 points at 10,531.50.
Connaught Plaza Restaurants, a JV between Vikram Bakshi and McDonald’s to sue its logistics partner, Radhakrishna Foodland for abruptly halting supplies to its stores in North and Eastern areas due to alleged non-payment of dues. The requirement of a 30d notice was not met as per the CPR.
The insolvency professional supervising the Alok Industries bankruptcy process has called for fresh bids to resolve the ₹29,000-crore default to attract more bidders for the textile company.
SEBI has imposed a penalty on 63 Moons Technologies, formerly known as Financial Technologies, for failing to seek prior approval for the name change from stock exchanges.
Wednesday- 27th December 2017
The Aion Capital-JSW Steel consortium submitted a ₹3,500-crore resolution plan for bankrupt Monnet Ispat and Energy that involves paying ₹2,500 crore to lenders and an equity investment of ₹1,000 crore.
Lupin Ltd has dragged the Government of India to court, claiming the stock lying in its godowns could face double taxation when it’s sold due to GST regulations.
Japanese drug-maker Daiichi Sankyo has alerted regulatory bodies and the stock exchanges against any potential stake sale in the Fortis hospital chain by the promoters, the Singh brothers, saying such a transaction would violate a Supreme Court order.
The SEBI has asked Axis Bank to strengthen its internal processes and systems after the regulator noticed leakage of price-sensitive information relating to financial results on WhatsApp groups before they were officially announced.
Castex Technologies, a subsidiary of automotive component maker Amtek Auto with the debt of over ₹6,000 crore, has been led to the bankruptcy court by the SBI.
Thursday- 28th December 2017
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm to buy the wireless assets of Anil Ambani’s debt-ridden RCom for about ₹24,000 crore, a deal that was signed on the 85th birth anniversary of Dhirubhai Ambani.
The RBI has turned down the requests from banks to extend the deadline of Dec 31 for restructuring the debt of companies on a second list of bad loan accounts that it had issued in August.
Asset manager Brookfield and Kotak Mahindra group have jointly bid for 2,200 megawatts of power assets belonging to Jaypee Power Ventures, The deal is expected to be valued at an estimated ₹3,500-4,000 crore.
McDonald’s India claimed that it has not been able to verify if its outlets operated by CPRL in North and East India are complying with applicable standards of the firm or not, further adding that these restaurants need to be closed immediately.
US buyout giant KKR & Co gets an RBI approval to fully own an Asset Restructure Company in India
Friday- 29th December 2017
The market closed 2017 on a high with the Sensex rising 209 points to close at 34,057 points while the Nifty rose 53 points to close at 10,531 points. Tata Motors, Axis Bank and Tata Consultancy Services logging gains of about 3% each.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a statement that loan defaulters can bid for an insolvent entity or its assets during bankruptcy proceedings after paying interest due and making bad loan accounts operational
RBI extended the deadline for fulfilling mobile wallets KYC norms from December 31 to February 28, giving much respite to the mobile wallet companies and users.
The Interim Resolution Professional has moved the NCLT against the ailing media house Deccan Chronicle Holdings’ for creating hurdles in the insolvency proceedings.
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.