Hindustan Unilever Q4 Results: Net profit rises 41% YoY to Rs 2,143 crore

Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) reported a 41% year-on-year (YoY) increase in net profit to Rs 2,143 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Its revenue rose 35% YoY to Rs 11,947 crore during the same period. The FMCG firm saw strong demand for its food and refreshments portfolio (up 36% YoY) and recovery in categories such as fabric wash. HUL’s volume growth stood at 16% in Q4. The company’s board has proposed a final dividend of Rs 17 per share.

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Tata gets CCI approval to acquire 64.3% stake in BigBasket

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved Tata Digital’s proposal of acquiring up to 64.3% stake in Supermarket Grocery Supplies Pvt Ltd (SGS), the business-to-business (B2B) arm of BigBasket. The transaction will include a mix of primary and secondary share purchases. Through a separate transaction, SGS may acquire sole control over Innovative Retail Concepts, which operates BigBasket’s online retail business. This would give Tata control over both wholesale and retail business units. [Tata Digital is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Sons]

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Bajaj Auto Q4 Results: Net profit rises 2% YoY to Rs 1,332 crore

Bajaj Auto Limited reported a 2% YoY increase in standalone net profit to Rs 1,332 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Its revenue rose 26% YoY to Rs 8,596 crore during the same period. The company’s total vehicle sales increased 18% YoY to 11.69 lakh units in Q4. Bajaj Auto’s overall share for motorcycles sold in domestic and international markets (amongst Indian manufacturers) stood at 27.6% in FY21. The auto major’s board has announced a final dividend of Rs 140 per share.

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Inox Leisure Q4 Results: Net loss at Rs 94 crore

Inox Leisure Limited reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 93.69 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). The multiplex chain operator had posted a net loss of Rs 82.15 crore in the corresponding period last year (Q4 FY20). Revenue from operations declined 75.66% YoY to Rs 90.44 crore in Q4 FY21. The resurgence of Covid-19 cases has emerged as a major cause of concern for the company. Inox Leisure currently operates 648 screens across 153 multiplexes in 69 cities.

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IndiaMART Q4 Results: Net profit rises 26% YoY to Rs 55.7 crore

IndiaMART InterMESH Ltd reported a 26% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 55.7 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Its revenue rose 5.64% YoY to Rs 179.70 crore during the same period. The B2B firm’s consolidated net profit has increased by 89.82% YoY to Rs 279.80 crore for the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21). The company’s board has proposed a final dividend of Rs 15 per share.

In other news, IndiaMART InterMESH (through its subsidiary Tradezeal Online) will acquire a 26% stake in Gurugram-based Shipway Technology for Rs 18.2 crore. The company will also acquire a 3.02% stake in Kolkata-based Truckhall for Rs 1.33 crore.

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Route Mobile to acquire AI firm Phonon Communications for Rs 29 crore

Route Mobile Limited has signed definitive agreements to acquire Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform provider Phonon Communications Pvt Ltd for Rs 29 crore. This acquisition will help Route Mobile to offer automation and contact center solutions at scale to enterprises globally. Phonon offers a complete suite of conversational AI-driven contact center solutions with integration on cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

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Laurus Labs Q4 Results: Net profit rises 170% YoY to Rs 297 crore

Laurus Labs Limited reported a 170% YoY jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 297 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Its revenue from operations rose 68% YoY to Rs 1,412 crore during the same period. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), net profit has increased by 286% YoY to Rs 984 crore. Laurus Labs’ formulations and API businesses have delivered robust growth throughout the year. The pharma company’s board has announced an interim dividend of Rs 0.80 per share.

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Wipro partners with Citrix, Hewlett Packard to accelerate remote working solutions

Wipro Limited has strengthened its alliance with Citrix and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to launch a robust solution that will accelerate remote working and bring modernisation into workspaces. The solution offers a seamless framework to enable a unified experience for enterprises. It will be delivered through a pay-per-use model that is subscription-based, agile, elastic, and offer a consistent cloud experience.

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Ambuja Cements Q1 Results: Net profit rises 66% YoY to Rs 665 crore

Ambuja Cements reported a 66.6% YoY increase in standalone net profit to Rs 665 crore for the quarter ended March (Q1 CY21). The company follows the January-December financial year cycle. Net sales rose 30% YoY to Rs 3,579 crore during the same period. The cement maker’s sales volume grew 24.48% YoY to 7.17 million tonnes in Q1. To compensate for the impact of rising fuel and raw material costs, Ambuja Cements had launched operational efficiency programs, along with logistics efficiencies such as direct dispatches.

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Exide Industries Q4 Results: Net profit rises 30% YoY to Rs 321 crore

Exide Industries Limited reported a 29.54% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 321.87 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Its revenue rose 31.32% YoY to Rs 4,562.86 crore during the same period. The company has posted strong growth in both automotive and industrial segments. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), the battery manufacturer’s net profit has increased by 4.27% YoY to Rs 809.90 crore.

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Titan Q4 Results: Net profit rises 48% YoY to Rs 529 crore

Titan Company Ltd reported a 48% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 529 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Revenue from operations rose 61% YoY to Rs 4,429 crore during the same period. The jewellery segment posted a revenue of Rs 6,397 crores (excluding gold bullion sales), compared to Rs 3,754 crores in Q4 FY20. Its eyewear business registered an 18% YoY growth in revenues to Rs 127 crores. Titan’s board has announced a dividend of Rs 4 per share.

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