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.
Hi everyone. Sorry was away from the blog due to exams. But hoping to pick it back up. So here is the summary of this week’s news. Also, suggestions about what else content can be posted on this blog are most welcome.
Monday- 13th November 2017
Owing to the fiscal deficit for the year due to additional costs from rising crude and a possible dip in revenues due to revamp of GST, Nifty fell 96.80 points to close below 10,225 points while the Sensex closed at 33,033.56 points.
Coca-Cola, Dabur, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India and Perfetti Van Melle suspended manufacturing operations in NCR after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned the industrial activity in and around New Delhi to curb intense smog conditions.
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code proposed to be tweaked to ensure that the promoters don’t purchase back the bankrupt company’s assets at discounted prices.
Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have agreed to sell about 20,000 towers they directly own to a local arm of ATC for $1.2 billion. The proceeds are expected to be utilised for paring the debt of the merging entities.
General Insurance Corporation reported an increase 463% in net profits to ₹1,419 crore for Q2, owing to the underwriting profit of ₹757.3 crore earned during the quarter.
Tuesday- 14th November 2017
Vodafone has valued its 42% stake in Indus Towers, the largest telecom tower company in India, at $5 billion. The group CEO, Vittorio Colao said that competitive market and gradual tariff increase by Jio has shown positive signs.
US private equity giant KKR is in early talks with investors to sell its oldest India investment, Flextronics Software, now known as Aricent, for about $1.5 billion.
Amazon’s third capital infusion this year, ₹2,900 crore into Amazon Seller Services, making its single-biggest infusion this year. The rival Flipkart mopped up nearly $4 ₹26,180 crore in funding earlier.
Malvinder Mohan Singh stepped down from the post of non-executive chairman at Religare Enterprises. He has been replaced by S Lakshminarayanan, a retired IAS officer and chairman of Shriram Transport Finance.
Wholesale inflation hit a six-month high in October to 3.59%, driven by an increase in food and fuel prices. Retail inflation also hit a seven-month high of 3.58%.
Wednesday- 15th November 2017
The SEBI has attached all bank accounts, securities and mutual fund units held by Vijay Mallya-owned United Breweries Holdings corresponding to a default on payment of a penalty of ₹15 lakh imposed in 2015.
Fortis Healthcare to buy back the real estate assets that house its 14 existing hospitals from Religare Healthcare Trust for ₹4,650 crore, including ₹1,152 crore of debt. It also involves acquiring balance 49% stake in Fortis Hospotel from Singapore Exchange-listed business trust.
Daiichi Sankyo has approached the Delhi HC, seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against former Ranbaxy promoters Malvinder and Shivinder Singh for violating a previous order to maintain the status of their unpledged assets.
Paytm’s parent company One97 Communications has received $800 million from SoftBank in a private placement to SVF India Holdings (Cayman).
The market was in red for third consecutive day owing to worries about the effect of higher oil prices with Sensex declining 181 to 32,760, while the Nifty fell 68 points to 10,118.
Thursday- 16th November 2017
The RBI to come up with with a fresh list of around 50 loan accounts that are either under stress or close to being classified as NPAs. It will set a deadline for resolution for bankruptcy proceedings.
RIL to raise $1.8 billion through a combination of offshore bonds and syndicated loans with an aim to reduce its high-cost debt.
In a litigation case between United Spirits and United Breweries, USL has claimed a recovery of around ₹1,800 crore, including interest from Vijay Mallya’s holding company after it defaulted between 2010 and 2013.
CCI has given its approval for Airtel- Tata Tele merger which came as Bharti Airtel’s move to take over the wireless business of Tata Teleservices to boost its market share and 4G airwaves capacity.
The market bounced after a 3 day of decline with Nifty gaining 1% to close at 10,215 points and Sensex gained 346 points to 33,106 point swing to strong performances by RIL and Infosys.
Friday- 17th November 2017
HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company made a strong debut with shares being listed at ₹310, 6.9% up from the issue price of ₹290. It closed at ₹344.25, marking a rise of 18.7% against the issue.
The Rupee rose 1% to touch the mark of ₹64.62 per dollar amidst hopes of foreign inflows. However, it closed at ₹65.01 per dollar.
Aircel and RCom have accused larger rivals Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India of trying to poach subscribers through misleading campaigns.
Tata Sons, the investment holding company of the salt-to-software conglomerate, said it appointed Bhaskar Bhat and Saurabh Agrawal as its directors, raising the board strength to 11.
After many weeks of uncertainty, the HDFC Life Insurance-Max merger plans have been called off. The parties were unable to obtain required approvals from the regulatory authorities.
Jasper Infotech has called off proposed sale to Flipkart, seven months after the discussions were initiated by its largest investor Softbank. Snapdeal to follow an ‘independent path’ onwards.
State Bank of India on Monday cut the interest rate on savings bank accounts by 50 basis points to 3.5% on balance of ₹1 crore and below, after over 6 years of status quo.
BSE’s Sensex gained 205 points, or 0.6%, to close at 32,514. The NSE Nifty ended at 10,077.10, up 0.63%, or 63 points, over the previous close. The gain was led by SBI which rose over 4.5% after shedding savings bank interest rate.
Tuesday- 1st August 2017
Manufacturing took a hit in July, due largely to the rollout of GST at the beginning of the month, plummeting to its lowest in more than eight years. The Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) slowed to 47.9 in July, its lowest since February 2009, compared with 50.9 in June.
After the announcement of major layoff to cut down 80% of its employee strength in the company, Snapdeal on Tuesday witnessed exit from many senior members. Vice-president product, Pradeep Desai; vice-president, engineering, Viraj Chatterjee and head of IT, Gaurav Gupta are first few to exit the company.
Benchmark share indices closed at fresh record highs on Tuesday ahead of the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy decision. The Nifty ended up 38 points or 0.4% at 10,115 after scaling a lifetime high of 10,128.6. The BSE Sensex closed at 32,575, up 60.23 points or 0.2%, after hitting a record high of 32,632.
The rupee racked up strong gains to end at a fresh two and-a-half month high of 64.07 against the dollar, appreciating by 12 paise on heavy dollar selling amid expectations of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank.
Wednesday- 2nd August 2017
The RBI cut the key interest rate by a quarter point to 6%. It hasn’t changed its stance as it would remain on guard as price pressures may return in the wake of a house rent allowance payout and the July 1 rollout of the GST.
To gradually reduce subsidy on Kerosene, the government has asked state oil companies to keep raising prices of subsidised kerosene by 25 paise every fortnight until the subsidy is eliminated. The aim is to attract investment from private companies which were hesitant due to excessive controls, controversies and untargeted subsidies.
Early investors in Snapdeal such as Nexus Venture Partners and Kenneth Glass have come out in support of the online marketplace’s decision to terminate its merger talks with larger rival Flipkart and move forward as an independent entity.
Global alternative asset management fund Brookfield, American Tower Corp, and local infrastructure fund IDFC Project Equity Infra have separately bid for the 11,000 individual towers of Vodafone India, valued at $600 m.
The rupee hit a two-year high to close at 63.70 after exporters sold their foreign-currency receivables on expectations that positive real interest rates would induce further buying of Indian debt assets by overseas funds.
Thursday- 3rd August 2017
The Nikkei India Services PMI Business Activity Index plunged from June’s eight-month high of 53.1 to all time low since September 2013 at 45.9 in July amidst the GST worries.
After the RBI held to its neutral stance, Public sector bank shares dragged down the Nifty to 10,013 and the Sensex 32,273 points. The Bank Nifty index fell 1.52% as State Bank of India and ICICI Bank fell more than 2% each to ₹300.50 and ₹295.70 respectively.
An SBI-led consortium of lenders has ordered a forensic audit of Videocon Industries’ accounts. The move is preliminary to the start of debt restructuring after Videocon defaulted on loans worth ₹43,000 crore.
The ₹1,468-crore initial public offering of Cochin Shipyard ended on a strong note as The offer received bids for 258.69 crore shares compared to 3.39 crore shares offered, being oversubscribed by 76 times.
Friday- 4th August 2017
The government announced a new exchange-traded fund (ETF), Bharat-22, comprising of 22 scrips including blue chips such as ONGC, IOC and SBI and stake in private companies it holds through SUUTI.
The Sebi has mandated listed companies to inform stock exchanges if they default on interest or loan repayments to banks and financial institutions within one working day.
The government has announced that from 1st October, death certificates will need to have the person’s Aadhaar number “for the purpose of establishing the identity of the deceased.”
JSW Steel is in advanced talks with a distressed fund jointly floated by Piramal Enterprises and Bain Capital Credit to bid for Bhushan Steel. Bhushan Steel has been admitted to bankruptcy courts for revival.
Vedanta Resources announced raising $1 billion through a bond sale, the proceeds of which would largely be used to refinance expensive debt.
No Major news as the market was closed on the occasion of Holi.
Tuesday- 14th March 2017
Nifty hit an all-time high of 9,112.75 points in response to BJP’s decisive win the state of UP. It ended lower at 9,087 points.
RBI intervened in the currency market to hamper profit booking from BJP’s electoral showing and limiting a spike in the rupee. The Rupee surged to a 16-month high of 65.82 against the dollar.
USFDA has lifted the ban on Sun Pharma’s Mohali Facility. The ban had been imposed for violation of good manufacturing practices.
RBI has told the Delhi HC that it will look into the request by Tata Sons’ “request for approval“ to pay NTT Docomo a $1.17 billion arbitral award. RBI had objected against the same as it amounted to transfer of shares.
Wednesday- 15th March 2017
US-based eBay and China’s Tencent are frontrunners for raising the fund of up to $1.5billion for Flipkart. The transaction may lead to Indian arm of eBay a part of the Flipkart.
RBI has intensified efforts to control the surge in rupee as it asked banks about open positions to send a clear signal that it’s reaching the end of its tolerance limit for speculative activity.
The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed the realty firm Supertech Limited to pay over INR 55 lakh to a homebuyer for not giving possession of a flat in the stipulated time.
RBI stayed with its decision to block the payment of $1.17 billion by Tata Sons to NTT Docomo. The decision on whether RBI’s objections are maintainable is yet to be decided upon by the Delhi HC.
SEBI has approved the merger of Reliance Communication with Aircel. This saw a positive reaction from the market as Reliance Communication’s shares rose by 5%.
Thursday- 16th March 2017
Anil Agarwal, founder of Vedanta Resources Plc made a bid for 13% of British mining giant Anglo American Plc for $2.4 billion. The investment to be made from his personal investment firm, Volcan Investments.
Digital wallet maker Paytm has launched its payments services in Canada, marking its entry into an overseas market for the first time. It has tied up with local banks to accept all payment instruments.
Airtel scrapped its plans to sell a controlling stake in Bharti Infratel and has instead sold 21.63% share of the company. Bharti Airtel’s shares slipped more than 1% in reaction.
Friday-17th March 2017
Volcan Investments launched a $2.4 billion convertible bond issue on to fund its planned acquisition of about 13% in commodities giant Anglo American Plc, rival to his Vedanta Resources.
Vertex Ventures, a member of Temasek Holdings, is set to close fundraising for its next fund focused on Southeast Asia, including India, with a target size of $150-180 million.
Shares of ITC, India’s largest cigarette company, gained 4.9% after the GST Council capped the proposed cess on non-merit goods such as tobacco products. The share reached the intraday high of INR 289.