HUL Q3 Results: Net profit rises 19% YoY to Rs 1,921 crore

Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) reported an 18.8% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 1,921 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The FMCG firm’s revenue rose 20.94% YoY to Rs 11,862 crore during the same period. Its domestic volume growth jumped 7% in Q3. The company’s strong performance was led by double-digit growth in its homecare product segment, while its beauty and personal care segment clocked a 9% YoY rise in revenues. HUL stated that rural growth continued to outpace urban during the quarter and is growing in double digits. 

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Hero MotoCorp to enter Mexican market; enters into partnership with Grupo Salinas

Hero MotoCorp Ltd announced that it will soon commence operations in Mexico. The company has entered into a distribution agreement with Grupo Salinas (a group of companies founded by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo Salinas). In the first phase of operations, Hero MotoCorp will launch 9 products. This includes motorcycles for work (100cc), street (125cc), premium (150cc,160cc), as well as scooters.

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Marico Q3 Results: Net profit rises 13% YoY to Rs 312 crore

Marico Ltd reported a 13% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 312 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The FMCG firm’s revenue rose 16.34% YoY to Rs 2,122 crore during the same period. The company’s performance in Q3 was driven by strong domestic volume growth of 15% and a constant currency growth of 8% in the international business. 

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NALCO announces Rs 749 crore share buyback plan

National Aluminium Company’s (NALCO) board has approved the buyback of 13.03 crore shares for about Rs 749.10 crore. The shares will be bought back at Rs 57.5 per share, which is a 24.5% premium over Monday’s closing price of Rs 46.15. NALCO has fixed February 8 as the record date to ascertain the eligibility of shareholders for the buyback of equity shares.

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Jyothy Labs Q3 Results: Net profit rises 18% YoY to Rs 53 crore

Jyothy Labs Ltd reported an 18% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 53.2 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The FMCG firm’s revenue from operations rose 13.3% YoY to Rs 477 crore during the same period. Jyothy Labs stated that the revival of consumer sentiment is reflecting in the company’s performance across its brand portfolio. The company has witnessed demand acceleration in general trade and e-commerce platforms in Q3.

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Sterling and Wilson Solar commissions 25 MW solar energy project in Oman

Sterling and Wilson Solar Ltd (SWSL) has commissioned a 25 megawatt (MW) solar project in Oman. The project was awarded to SWSL by global energy company Shell. The solar project, located on a 50-hectare site within Sohar Freezone, will save 25,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. 

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India Cements Q3 Results: Net profit at Rs 67.90 crore

India Cements Ltd reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 67.90 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). It had posted a net loss of Rs 8.79 crore during the corresponding period in FY20. The company’s revenue from operations declined 4.79% YoY to Rs 1,184.68 crore in Q3 FY21. The company stated that the Covid-19 pandemic had severely impacted its normal business operations.

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Dr. Reddy’s Labs terminates Covid-19 treatment study in Kuwait

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has terminated its clinical study of Fujifilm Holdings’ Covid-19 treatment Avigan in patients with moderate to severe symptoms in Kuwait. This comes after data from the Kuwait trial showed that the difference in time taken by Avigan and a placebo to resolve a sustained absence of oxygen in the tissues was not significant enough to continue the trial. Dr. Reddy’s stated that a late-stage North American trial of Avigan in patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 will continue.

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Canara Bank Q3 Results: Net profit at Rs 739 crore

Canara Bank reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 739.20 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The state-owned bank had reported a net profit of Rs 406.43 crore during the corresponding period in FY20. Net interest income (NII) grew 14.58% YoY to Rs 6,081 crore in Q3 FY21. Provisions for bad loans and contingencies stood at Rs 4,327.34 crore, compared with Rs 1,814.32 crore in Q3 FY20.

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Axis Bank Q3 Results: Net profit falls 36% YoY to Rs 1,117 crore

Axis Bank Ltd reported a 36% YoY decline in net profit to Rs 1,116.6 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The bank’s net interest income (NII) rose 14% YoY to Rs 7,372.7 crore during the same period. Provisions increased by 32.7% YoY to Rs 4,604.28 crore. Axis Bank’s gross non-performing asset (NPA) ratio stood at 3.44%, compared with 4.18% in Q2.

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Aditya Birla Fashion to acquire 51% stake in Sabyasachi for Rs 398 crore

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL) has announced a strategic partnership with designer brand Sabyasachi, by signing a definitive agreement for acquiring a 51% stake in the Sabyasachi brand. The cost of acquisition or the price at which the shares are acquired will be approximately Rs 398 crore. The indicative time period for completion of the acquisition is 30-45 days.

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Tata Elxsi partners with Syntiant to provide low-power edge AI device development for voice applications

Tata Elxsi and US-based Syntiant Corp. have announced a collaboration to help manufacturers design and develop low-power always-on voice applications across multiple product categories. Some of these categories include smart home devices and consumer electronics, along with industrial & automotive use cases. The developed application aims to provide end-to-end solutions and services for customers using Syntiant’s deep learning Neural Decision Processors.  

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Stove Kraft IPO subscribed 2.93 times on Day 2

The initial public offering (IPO) of Stove Kraft was subscribed 2.93 times on the second day of bidding. The IPO has received bids for 1.72 crore equity shares, against an offer size of 58.94 lakh equity shares. The reserved portion for retail investors was subscribed 13.07 times. The portion set aside for non-institutional investors was subscribed 1.85 times. Qualified institutional investors have put in 8.15% bids against the reserved portion.

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