Adani Group enters into cement business; incorporates Adani Cement

The Adani Group, which has a strong presence in the ports, airports, power, gas distribution, and other businesses, is all set to enter the cement sector in India. Adani Enterprises announced that it has incorporated a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Adani Cement, with an authorized share capital of Rs 10 lakh and paid-up capital of Rs 5 lakh. The new subsidiary will operate as a manufacturer, producer, and processor of all types of cement. This development is likely to cause some disruption in the highly competitive Indian cement industry.

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SEBI looks into Rs 4,000 deal between PNB Housing Finance, Carlyle

PNB Housing Finance Ltd’s Rs 4,000 crore deal with US-based private equity firm Carlyle Group has come under the scanner of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The development comes after proxy advisory firm Stakeholders Empowerment Services (SES) red-flagged the deal structure. In a report, SES stated that the deal was an abuse of minority shareholder rights and questioned why PNB willingly surrendered its control over its housing finance arm to the Carlyle Group without extracting a fair compensation control premium.

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J K Cement Q4 Results: Net profit rises 32% YoY to Rs 216 crore

J K Cement Ltd reported a 32.76% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 215.91 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has declined by 1.58% when compared to the previous quarter. Its total income rose 37.84% YoY to Rs 2,168.18 crore during the same period. Net profit for the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21) increased by 44.14% YoY to Rs 709.71 crore. The cement manufacturer’s board has recommended a dividend of Rs 15 per share.

India’s fuel demand slips to nine-month low in May

India’s fuel demand fell to its lowest level in nine months in May 2021 as restrictions to curb the second wave of Covid-19 infections affected mobility and muted economic activity. Total fuel demand fell 11.3% to 15.1 million tonnes (MT) in May, compared to April. Petrol consumption in May declined by 16% to 1.99 MT over the previous month. Diesel sales declined by 17% to 5.53 MT when compared to April. The data was released by the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the Ministry of Oil.

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Indian Hume Pipe Q4 Results: Net profit rises 51.7% YoY to Rs 38 crore

Indian Hume Pipe Company reported a 51.74% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 38.45 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has jumped 767.95% when compared to the previous quarter. Its total income rose 20.8% YoY (or 70.5% QoQ) to Rs 481.03 crore during the same period. However, net profit for the financial year 2020-21 (FY21) declined by 42.78% YoY to Rs 42 crore. The concrete pipe manufacturing company’s board has recommended a dividend of Rs 2 per share.

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Info Edge acquires Bengaluru-based Zwayam Digital

Info Edge India Ltd has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% share capital of Zwayam Digital Pvt Ltd. The Bengaluru-based firm operates Zwayam, an artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning-powered recruitment management software platform. It helps enterprises streamline and automate their entire recruitment workflow from sourcing to onboarding. Info Edge’s Managing Director said this acquisition will complement the company’s current recruitment offerings and help it cement its position as a leader in the enterprise recruitment solutions market.

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BPCL seeks exemption from open offer for listed joint ventures

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) has written to market regulator SEBI, seeking an exemption to the regulation that its new owner would have to make an open offer to minority shareholders of two companies which it is a promoter of— Petronet LNG and Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL). BPCL holds a 12.5% stake in Petronet LNG and a 22.5% stake in IGL and is a promoter for both companies. This means that potential buyers of BPCL would be required to make an open offer for the two promoter firms, which would cost them more.

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VRL Logistics Q4 Results: Net profit declines 6.5% QoQ to Rs 37.16 crore 

VRL Logistics Ltd reported a 6.5% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline in net profit to Rs 37.16 crore for the quarter ended March 2021 (Q4 FY21). Net profit has jumped 1,644% when compared to the corresponding quarter last year (Q4 FY20). Its total income rose 6% QoQ (or 20.54% YoY) to Rs 603.02 crore in Q4 FY21. Net profit for the financial year 2020-21 (FY21) declined by 50% YoY to Rs 45.06 crore. The company’s board has recommended a dividend of Rs 4 per share.

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Inox Leisure allots Rs 96.77 lakh shares to QIBs at Rs 310 per share

The Board of Directors of Inox Leisure Ltd has approved the issue and allotment of 96.77 lakh equity shares to eligible qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) at an issue price of Rs 310 per share. The issue price is a ~5% discount to Friday’s closing price. The QIP was opened on June 8 and closed on June 11. Thus, the multiplex operator has raised Rs 300 crore via the QIP.

Anupam Rasayan Q4 Results: Net profit jumps 113% YoY to Rs 22 crore

Anupam Rasayan India Ltd reported a 113.29% YoY jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 22.14 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has increased by 2.31% when compared to the previous quarter. Its total income rose 65.9% YoY (or 44.63% QoQ) to Rs 274.16 crore during the same period. Net profit for the financial year 2020-21 (FY21) increased by 32.12% YoY to Rs 70.29 crore. The Board of Directors of the specialty chemicals manufacturer has recommended a dividend of Rs 0.5 per share.

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