Month: July 2016

Inland Waterways – Tapping the potential..

Maruti Suzuki has signed an agreement to transport cars from Varanasi to Kolkata, lapping up the opportunity to utilise inland waterways within the country. The development, seemingly small but one with a huge potential and like many other initiatives of the government, has the potential to change the landscape of goods transportation within the country. In fact, the ease of transportation …

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Bank Recapitalization – Precursor to consolidation..?!

Government’s decision to recapitalize banks is a prudent move which would reduce considerable stress from the banking sector. Public Sector Banks (PSBs) have been reeling under the load of growing NPAs which has caused significant erosion in their equity base and aversion to lending. While it would help the weaker banks to enhance their capital adequacy …

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HCC – Too old to fail..!

HCC (Hindustan Construction Company) got reprieve from the lenders last week with the invocation of S4A (Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets) scheme, released by RBI to tide over the bad debt crisis. The invocation of the scheme reflects lenders confidence in the strength of the company. A ninety-year old company should ideally fall in the category of ‘too …

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Power Sector Consolidation – The Rationale..

The acquisition of Jaypee’s power unit by JSW Energy, the third for the company in recent past brings back focus on the sector. The sector also saw another big deal, namely Tata Power’s acquisition of Welspun’s renewable assets about a month back. Other than the domestic players, a number of foreign players are also participating in the …

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Reliance Industries – Beneath the quarterly numbers..

Reliance Industries has posted another good set of numbers with 18% jump in profits for quarter ended June’16, on top of similar 16% jump in the previous quarter. Its core margin remains intact with cost of goods and trade, as a percent of sales coming down from 75% to 70% y-o-y, giving a huge room for …

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Fertilizer units Revival – A transformational initiative..!

The Cabinet decision yesterday to revive three closed fertilizer units at Sindri (Jharkhand), Gorakhpur (Easter U.P.) and Barauni (Bihar) is a landmark decision being under consideration for almost a decade now. In terms of value, the cash amount involved is little more than the recently announced Ultratech- Jaypee cement deal. The complex decision has involved all the …

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Ultratech Jaypee deal – Lenders take all..!

The acquisition of Jaiprakash Associate’s Cement business by Ultratech is another important milestone for the Aditya Birla Group which has been consistently expanding its businesses across all segments. The group is among the few who have negotiated the business turbulence of last decade well and could be a textbook case of how ‘slow and steady’ …

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