HDFC Bank to raise up to Rs 50,000 crore via bonds

HDFC Bank’s board will consider a proposal for raising up to Rs 50,000 crore over the next 12 months. The bank aims to raise funds by issuing Perpetual Debt Instruments (part of Additional Tier-I capital), Tier-II Capital Bonds, and Long Term Bonds (Financing of Infrastructure and Affordable Housing). The board is scheduled to meet on April 16 to consider and approve the financial results for the March quarter (Q4) and FY 2021-22.

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L&T’s building & factories biz secures ‘significant’ orders

Larsen & Toubro Ltd’s (L&T) building and factories business has received significant orders (in the range of Rs 1,000-2,500 crore) from prestigious clients. The health segment of the business has secured an order from the Government of Telangana to construct a 1,750-bed super specialty hospital at Warangal. The project also involves constructing a configuration of the basement and other ancillary buildings.

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Titan reports muted sales in Q4

Titan Company Ltd said it finished the March quarter (Q4 FY22) on a satisfactory note, despite partial Omicron-led lockdowns and other disruptions. The company’s jewellery division reported a 4% YoY decline in revenue during Q4. Revenue from the watches and wearables segment grew 12% YoY. Meanwhile, Titan’s eyecare division recorded 5% YoY growth, while other businesses saw a 23% rise in revenue. 

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Maruti Suzuki to hike vehicle prices this month

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) plans to hike the prices of different models in April due to rising input costs. The automaker did not disclose the quantum of the proposed price hike. It has already hiked vehicle prices by nearly 8.8% from January 2021 to March 2022 due to the constant increase in input costs.

In other news, MSIL has recalled 19,731 units of its EECO model to inspect and rectify incorrect marking of wheel rim size.

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Actis nearing a deal to buy road assets worth $400 million from Welspun Group: Report

According to a Bloomberg report, UK-based Actis is nearing a deal to acquire a portfolio of road assets from Welspun Group for nearly $400 million (~Rs 3,032 crore). The buyout firm is in advanced talks for the assets and is set to beat out several rival bidders. The deal could give Welspun’s road portfolio an enterprise value of about $1.2 billion.

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HAL, Israel Aerospace Industries sign pact for MMTT aircraft

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to convert civil (passenger) aircraft to multi-mission tanker transport (MMTT) aircraft in India. Under this pact, HAL will convert pre-owned civil aircraft into air-refueling aircraft with cargo and transport capabilities. This move aims to provide India’s defence ecosystem with new capabilities and cost-effective solutions in the market.

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Union Bank to invest Rs 1,000 crore to upgrade IT infrastructure

Union Bank will invest Rs 1,000 crore in upgrading its information technology (IT) platforms in the current financial year. It aims to generate revenue from digital channels and save costs. The state-owned bank launched its super app named UnionNxt today. The main thrust of its digital initiatives is to empower customers with smarter ways of banking across all segments.

In other news, Union Bank’s MD Rajkiran Rai G said the lender will transfer 15 bad loan accounts worth Rs 50,000 crore to the National Asset Reconstruction Company (bad bank) by the end of April.

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Equitas SFB gross advances rise 15%, deposits up 16% in FY22

Equitas Small Finance Bank’s (SFB) gross advances witnessed a 15% YoY growth on a provisional basis to Rs 20,648 crore in FY22. Total deposits grew by 16% YoY to Rs 18,951 crore in FY22, compared to Rs 16,392 crore in FY21. The bank’s CASA (current account & savings account) deposits rose 76% YoY to Rs 9,855 crore in FY22. Equitas SFB saw an all-around improvement in performance in the previous quarter (Q4 FY22) as well.

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JSW Steel successfully bids for Ajgaon iron ore block mining license

The Directorate of Geology and Mining, Maharashtra, has declared JSW Steel Ltd as a
“preferred bidder” for a composite licence of an unexplored iron ore mine (Ajgaon Iron Ore Block) in Sindhudurg district. JSW Steel is engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of iron and steel products in India and across the globe.

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Vodafone Idea launches Vi Jobs & Education for job seekers

Vodafone Idea has partnered with Apna, Enguru, and Pariksha platforms to provide over 26 crore customers access to curated job search and exam preparation facilities targeted at Indian youth. The telecom operator has launched Vi Jobs & Education on the Vi App to increase customer stickiness with the brand by offering services to its large prepaid customer base. The platform offers free priority access to India’s most prominent job listings.

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IEX reports 38% YoY rise in trade volumes in FY22

Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) registered a 38% YoY growth in trade volumes at 1,02,035 million units (MUs) in the financial year 2021-22. IEX achieved 9,605 MU volume in March, recording a growth of 16% YoY. The volume comprises 8,702 MU in the conventional power market, 392 MU in the green power market, and 511 MU in the renewable energy certificates market.

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