Avenue Supermarts Q1 Results: Net profit jumps 132% YoY to Rs 115 crore

Avenue Supermarts Ltd reported a 132.3% YoY jump in net profit to Rs 115 crore for the quarter ended June (Q1 FY22). Its total revenues rose 31.3% YoY to Rs 5,032 crore during the same period. Net profit and revenues have declined by 73.5 and 31%, respectively, when compared to the previous quarter. The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a devastating impact on its operations in Q1. The results are below street estimates. Avenue Supermarts owns and operates the chain of ‘D-Mart’ supermarkets across India.

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Equitas SFB gets RBI approval to apply for scheme of amalgamation

Equitas Small Finance Bank (SFB) has received approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to apply for the scheme of amalgamation of Equitas Holdings Ltd (the promoter) with the bank. The approval of the application would result in the promoter’s exit from Equitas SFB. Following the approval, Equitas Holdings said they would be initiating steps to finalise the scheme of amalgamation, submit it to the boards of the company and Equitas SFB for approval.

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Mahindra hikes prices of all cars by up to Rs 1 lakh

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) has announced a substantial hike in the prices of all the models in its lineup. The Mahindra Thar gets the highest revision, with some of its variants becoming expensive by approximately Rs 1 lakh. The price of XUV500 has gone up from Rs 2,912 to Rs 3,188, depending upon the variant. This is the third price hike that Mahindra has introduced this year. 

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Mobikwik all set to file DRHP within a week: Report

According to a report from Bloomberg, Mobikwik is planning to raise $250-300 million (Rs 1,860-2,200 crore) through an initial public offering (IPO). The digital payments startup is set to file a Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) with market regulator SEBI within a week. Last month, the company closed a $20 million (~Rs 150 crore) funding round from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), valuing it at $700 million (~Rs 5,200 crore). 

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TCS to hire 40,000 freshers in FY22

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has announced plans to hire more than 40,000 freshers from campuses across India in the current financial year (FY 2021-22). The IT company had hired 40,000 graduates from campuses last year. Currently, TCS has an employee base of more than 5 lakh. TCS reported a higher attrition rate of 8.6% in Q1 FY22, compared to 7.2% in Q4 FY21.

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Unichem Labs receives tentative approval for Sitagliptin tablets

Unichem Laboratories Ltd has received approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) of Sitagliptin tablets. The drug is used to improve glycemic control in adults with Type-2 diabetes. Upon the receipt of final USFDA approval, the tablets will be manufactured at Unichem Lab’s plant in Goa.

Godrej Properties to invest over $1 billion in next couple of years: Chairman

Pirojsha Godrej, the Executive Chairman of Godrej Properties, said the company plans to invest more than $1 billion (~Rs 7,400 crore) over the next couple of years to develop new projects. This will be part of the real estate developer’s target to achieve higher growth. The chairman further said Godrej Properties was India’s largest developer in terms of value and volume of sales achieved in FY21. The company registered a 14% YoY growth in sales bookings to a record Rs 6,725 crore in FY21.

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Vodafone Idea in talks with Apollo Global to raise up to $3 billion: Report

According to a report from ET, Vodafone Idea Ltd (Vi) has started talks with US private equity major Apollo Global Management to secure up to $3 billion (~Rs 22,400 crore) in funding over the next three months. The telecom company aims to use the funds to meet its upcoming debt payments and dues related to adjusted gross revenue (AGR) and spectrum allocation. The report further states that Apollo Global is drilling Vi on points of business valuation and the structure of funding.

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India’s fuel demand rebounds in June as lockdowns ease

Overall fuel demand in India rebounded in June after falling drastically to a nine-month low in May. Fuel consumption rose 8% to 16.33 million tonnes (MT) in June over May 2021. Petrol sales stood at 2.4 MT in June, registering a 21% increase when compared to May. Meanwhile, the total sale of diesel rose 12% month-on-month (MoM) to 6.2 MT. The data was released by the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

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