BEL achieves record turnover of Rs 13,500 crore during 2020-21

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) said it has achieved a record turnover of about Rs 13,500 crore during FY 2020-21, despite challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and high competition. The company’s turnover in the previous financial year stood at Rs 12,608 crore. BEL’s total order book as of April 1, 2021, stood at ~Rs 53,000 crore. The state-owned company also achieved export sales of around $50 million (~Rs 366 crore) during 2020-21.

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Automobile companies register strong sales growth in March

Major automobile companies reported healthy sales growth during March 2021. Maruti Suzuki posted a 1.15% increase in total sales to 1.67 lakh units in March, compared to 1.64 units sold in February. This was led by strong sales of utility vehicles, light commercial vehicles (LCVs), and vans. Tata Motor’s overall domestic sales rose 14% in March to 66,609 units from 58,473 units sold in February. Escort Ltd’s agricultural machinery segment sold 12,337 tractors in March, the highest-ever recorded in the month. M&M’s passenger vehicle sales increased by 8% month-on-month.

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IGL signs long-term pact with Delhi Transport Corp to supply CNG

Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) has signed a long-term agreement to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) to Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). The gas supply agreement is valid till December 2030. DTC is the largest CNG-powered bus service operator in the world with a fleet size of 3,762 buses. It is in the process of procuring 1,000 new CNG buses, which would soon be plying on the roads of Delhi.

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JSW Steel completes acquisition of Welspun’s plates, coil mill business

JSW Steel Limited has completed the acquisition of Welspun Corp’s high-grade steel and coil business. Laptev Finance Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of JSW Group, will first acquire Welspun’s Plates and Coil Mill division for Rs 848.5 crore— subject to closing adjustments towards net working capital. The subsidiary will transfer all rights and obligations related to the deal to JSW Steel for a consideration of Rs 1 crore.

In other news, JSW Steel has commenced production of hot-rolled plates at its Dolvi Works plant in Maharashtra. The company is in the process of increasing the plant’s capacity from 5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 10 MTPA.

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RIL-BP seeks bids for sale of additional gas from KG-D6 basin

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and its partner, BP, have sought bids from companies to sell the additional gas produced from the KG-D6 basin off the east coast of India. RIL and BP Exploration Alpha Ltd are currently producing and developing deepwater gas fields in the KG-D6 block under a production sharing contract with the Indian government. The consortium expects additional gas availability for sale at Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh from the last week of April or early May.

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Wipro to acquire Australia-based Ampion for $117 million

Wipro Limited has signed an agreement to acquire Ampion, an Australia-based provider of cybersecurity, DevOps, and quality engineering services. The cost of the acquisition is $117 million (~Rs 855 crore). The IT services major said the acquisition of Ampion strengthens its commitment towards clients and stakeholders in Australia and New Zealand. The deal is expected to close in the quarter ending June 30, 2021 (Q1).

In other news, Wipro Ltd has completed a strategic digital and IT partnership deal with German wholesaler Metro AG. Wipro has acquired Metro-Nom GMBH and Metro System Romania for Rs 450 crore. 

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IRB Infra receives LoA for road project in Himachal Pradesh

IRB Infrastructure Developers has received a Letter of Award (LoA) from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for a road project in Himachal Pradesh. The project consists of four-laning the Pathankot-Mandi section of NH-20 in Himachal Pradesh on Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM). The cost of the project is Rs 828 crore. With this, IRB Infra’s order book stands at Rs 14,509 crore.

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Tata Consumer divests stake in Empirical Group, Southern Tea

Tata Consumer Products Ltd (TCPL) said its step-down subsidiaries in the US are divesting their entire stakes in Empirical Group LLC and Southern Tea LLC to their joint venture (JV) partner Harris Tea Company. This move will help TCPL focus on its core branded business in the overseas markets. It will also help simplify and streamline the company’s operations to enhance business effectiveness and profitability.

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Reliance Infra sells Santacruz HQ to Yes Bank for Rs 1,200 crore

Reliance Infrastructure has sold its commercial property in Santacruz, Mumbai to its lender Yes Bank for Rs 1,200 crore. The entire proceeds from the sale of Reliance Centre will be utilised to repay the debt of Yes Bank. With this, Reliance Infrastructure has closed three major transactions in the last 90 days, including the sale of a road asset— Delhi-Agra toll road, transmission asset— Parbat Koldfam Transmission Company Ltd, and sale of Reliance Centre, Santacruz.

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Mastercard to invest $100 million in Airtel Africa’s mobile money unit

Bharti Airtel’s African arm, Airtel Africa plc, has signed a deal to sell a 3.75% stake in its mobile money operations to Mastercard Inc. The global payment processor will invest $100 million (~Rs 733 crore) in Airtel Mobile Commerce BV (AMC BV)— a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airtel Africa. AMC BV is the holding company for several of Airtel Africa’s mobile money operations. It intends to own and operate the mobile money businesses across all of Airtel Africa’s fourteen operating countries.

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