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 … Continue reading Fertilizer units Revival – A transformational initiative..!
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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’ … Continue reading Ultratech Jaypee deal – Lenders take all..!
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Financial Stability Report – The Good and the Not so good…

RBI released its Financial stability report, published twice a year, last week. The report shows a significant reduction in financial stress being faced by the corporate sector even though operational stress, measured as capacity utilisation, doesn’t show much change. However, the corporate balance sheet improvement is not yet translating into gains for financial sector which continues … Continue reading Financial Stability Report – The Good and the Not so good…
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Ken Betwa river linking – A tough, ambitious project

Ken-Betwa river linking project is an ambitious project with considerable benefits so much so that Ms Uma Bharti, Union Water Resources Minister, threatened to go on hunger strike last month if the project is not cleared soon. The project, if successfully initiated, will pave the way for taking up many more such projects, crucial to meet country’s irrigation needs and change the face of Indian agriculture.

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No end to hunger yet – FAO report..

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in collaboration with OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), released its report for the period 2016-25. The report projects an end of era of high prices for most of the sub-sectors, main crops, livestock, fish and dairy products. The decline is achieved through higher supply induced thorough high demand growth over … Continue reading No end to hunger yet – FAO report..
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Weekly Round Up – Week 26

We are precisely in the middle of the year..! Time for everyone to take stock.. 🙂  The weekly highlights are – RBI releases its Bi-annual Financial Stability report. The report paints a mixed picture where even though the number of “weak” companies has come down, the risk to banking sector has increased. (More on this, … Continue reading Weekly Round Up – Week 26

Survey of Indian Industries – Part II

From the economy and policymakers’ perspective, a parameter worth considering other than employment per unit of capital is value being added per unit of capital by different sectors. And the result on the second count is quite unusual as the survey shows a negative correlation between capital employed and GVA (gross value added) per unit of capital. … Continue reading Survey of Indian Industries – Part II
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Survey of Indian Industries – The government paper.. (Part I)

Ministry of Statistics, Planning and Implementation (MOSPI) released its annual survey of Industries for the year 2013-14 sometime back. It is the most comprehensive and largest field based survey that covered nearly 65,000 factories out of a total of 1.87 lakh factories. Even though the data set doesn’t generate much interest in the mainstream media, it remains … Continue reading Survey of Indian Industries – The government paper.. (Part I)
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Lanco Infratech – Another house of Debt..

Lanco Infratech has been in the news for financial losses, stuck projects and numerous discussions with the lenders for debt restructuring. Another infrastructure sector, debt heavy company falling prey its high risk strategy with the change in market conditions..   Lanco is primarily engaged in EPC (Engineering, procurement and construction) and Power Generation sector. The … Continue reading Lanco Infratech – Another house of Debt..
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Weekly Round Up – Week 25

  Britain wakes up to the news of ‘Brexit’ with a narrow 51.9 – 48.1% vote..! The exit, specially in the backdrop of polarized election campaign in the US, seems to indicate growing isolationism the world around, shrugging off the economic costs. Even though the Brits leave with an awareness of certain pain of departure, … Continue reading Weekly Round Up – Week 25