India’s GDP grows 1.6% in Q4; contracts 7.3% in FY21

India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the January-March quarter (Q4 FY21) grew by 1.6%, as per the provisional estimates released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI). This indicates that an economic recovery was well underway before the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic struck the country. The GDP contracted by 7.3% for the entire financial year 2020-21. The Gross Value Added (GVA), which is a more accurate way of assessing the actual economic growth, contracted by 6.2% in FY21.

The agricultural sector grew 3.1%, while the manufacturing sector grew by 6.9% in Q4 FY21. The mining sector contracted by 5.7% during the quarter, and the financial services sector grew 5.4%.

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Aurobindo Pharma Q4 Results: Net profit falls 7% YoY to Rs 801 crore

Aurobindo Pharma Ltd reported a 7.2% YoY decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 801 crore for the quarter ended March. Net profit has declined by 72.8% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations fell 2.5% YoY to Rs 6,001.5 crore during the same period. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), net profit rose 47% YoY to Rs 5,333.83 crore. 

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PNB Housing Finance to raise Rs 4,000 crore from multiple entities

The Board of Directors of PNB Housing Finance has approved fundraising of up to Rs 4,000 crore via the issue of shares and warrants to multiple investors. Pluto Investments, an affiliated entity of private equity fund Carlyle, will invest up to Rs 3,185 crore through a preferential allotment of equity shares and warrants at Rs 390 per share. Existing shareholders of the company and funds managed by Ares SSG and General Atlantic are also participating in the capital raise.

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Man Industries Q4 Results: Net profit rises 106% YoY to Rs 25.86 crore

Man Industries (India) Ltd reported a 106.88% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 25.86 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has declined by 15.4% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations declined by 20.76% YoY to Rs 540.09 crore during the same period. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), net profit rose 81.7% YoY to Rs 100.85 crore during the same period. The company’s board has declared a final dividend of Rs 2 per share. Man Industries is a leading manufacturer and exporter of large diameter carbon steel line pipes.

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TVS Motors expands in Iraq, launches two new products

TVS Motor Company said it will launch two new products in Iraq as part of its expansion plan in the country. It had opened a new showroom with sales, service, and spares support in Baghdad. The company will launch its commuter motorcycle TVS StaR HLX 140 5 Gear and three-wheeler TVS King Deluxe Plus in Iraq. The new retail outlet has been set up with distribution partner Ritaj International General Trade LLC, which has been distributing TVS Motors’ products since 2017.

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Magma Fincorp Q4 Results: Net loss at Rs 626 crore

Magma Fincorp Ltd reported a net loss of Rs 626 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY21). It had posted a net loss of Rs 35 crore in the corresponding quarter last year (Q4 FY20). Revenue from operations declined by 17% YoY to Rs 446 crore in Q4 FY21. The company cleaned its balance sheet by writing off all default account beyond the 90 days past dues in the SME lending business and beyond 180 days past dues in the vehicle finance business.

Magma Fincorp has appointed Adar Poonawalla as its chairman and will soon be rebranded as a Poonawalla Group company.

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Intellect Design Arena partners with CWB to enhance payment service technology for business owners

Intellect Design Arena announced that Canadian Western Bank (CWB) has partnered with Intellect Global Transaction Banking (iGTB). The partnership aims to enable more efficient payment capabilities and opportunities to meet the evolving needs of Candian business owners. The solution is architected on a cloud-enabled technology for the high availability and scalability needed for a payments platform. 

Shilpa Medicare Q4 Results: Net profit declines 78% YoY to Rs 7.83 crore

Shilpa Medicare reported a 77.35% YoY decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 7.83 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has increased by 2.10% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations declined 5.44% YoY to Rs 208.03 crore during the same period. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), net profit declined by 5.36% YoY to Rs 147.78 crore. The pharma company’s board has declared a dividend of Rs 1.10 per share.

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J Kumar Infraprojects secures Rs 1,307.88 crore order from MMRDA

J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd has secured an order worth Rs 1,307.88 crore from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The order is for part design and construction of balance works of the Mumbai Metro Rail project. J Kumar Infraprojects is engaged in construction activities in India. It executes contracts of various infrastructure projects, including transportation engineering, irrigation projects, civil construction, etc.

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Kolte-Patil Developers Q4 Results: Net profit at Rs 21 crore

Kolte-Patil Developers Ltd reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 20.9 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY21). It had reported a net loss of Rs 2.18 crore in the corresponding quarter last year (Q4 FY20). The revenue from operations rose 33.52% YoY to Rs 296.08 crore in Q4 FY21. The company’s sales volumes increased by 27.1% YoY to 0.85 million sq. ft. This has been the best-ever sales quarter in the last six years, both in terms of volume and value.

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RBI clarifies on 2018 cryptocurrency circular, asks banks to carry out customer due diligence

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has clarified that banks and other regulated entities cannot cite its 2018 circular on cryptocurrencies, as it had been set aside by the Supreme Court in March 2020. The RBI asked banks to continue to carry out the necessary customer due diligence process in line with regulations governing standards for Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Combating of Financing of Terrorism (CFT), and obligations of regulated entities under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Recently, several large private and public sector lenders had cited the RBI’s 2018 notice to caution customers from dealing in digital currencies and deny services of certain cryptocurrency exchanges.

 

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