India’s services PMI falls into contraction territory in May

India’s services sector activities slumped into contraction territory for the first time in eight months in May 2021. The deadlier second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to muted domestic demand and a sharp decline in international orders. The IHS Markit India Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 46.4 in May, compared with 54 in April. PMI is a month-on-month calculation and a value below 50 represents contraction when compared to the previous month. The growth of new work intakes came to a halt in May, with companies posting the first decline in sales since September 2020. 

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Snowman Logistics partners with Dr Reddy’s for Sputnik-V vaccine in India

Snowman Logistics has entered into a strategic partnership with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories to provide end-to-end logistics solutions for the delivery of Sputnik-V Covid-19 vaccine across India. The company will manage the vaccine delivery through five of its high-capacity temperature-controlled warehouses in Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bengaluru. It will offer storage, order processing, shipper packing, and secondary transportation from these locations.

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Arvind Fashions Q4 Results: Net loss at Rs 99 crore

Arvind Fashions Ltd reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 99.45 crore for the quarter ended March 2021 (Q4 FY21). It had posted a net loss of Rs 209.12 crore in the corresponding quarter last year (Q4 FY20). Its revenue from operations rose 14% YoY to Rs 768.59 crore in Q4 FY21. The company’s board has approved a proposal to raise up to Rs 400 crore via the further issue of shares through a preferential issue and/or Qualified Institutional Placement (QIP).

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Lupin to enter digital healthcare space in India

Lupin Limited said it will enter the digital healthcare space in India, with a focus to provide a digital therapeutics platform for doctors and patients. The company recently incorporated a new entity, Lupin Digital Health Ltd, which will undertake this venture. Lupin is a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Mumbai. It manufactures and distributes a wide range of branded and generic formulations, biotechnology products, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), etc. 

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Gujarat State Petronet Q4 Results: Net profit rises 9% YoY to Rs 417 crore

Gujarat State Petronet Ltd reported an 8.82% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 416.67 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has declined by 11.43% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations rose 19.37% YoY to Rs 3,828.66 crore during the same period. Net profit for the entire financial year 2020-21 (FY21) declined 7.08% YoY to Rs 1,606.76 crore. The company’s board has recommended a dividend of Rs 2 per share.

Zydus Cadila gets tentative USFDA approval to market lung cancer treatment drug

Zydus Cadila has received tentative approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) to market Osimertinib tablets. The drug is used to treat lung cancer. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells. The pharma company said the newly approved drug will be manufactured at its formulation manufacturing facility at SEZ, Ahmedabad. Zydus Cadila now has 318 approvals and has so far filed over 400 Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) since the financial year 2003-04.

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Nilkamal Q4 Results: Net profit rises 20% YoY to Rs 38 crore

Nilkamal Limited reported a 19.84% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 38.06 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has declined by 29.9% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations rose 21.10% YoY to Rs 679.92 crore during the same period. Net profit for the financial year 2020-21 (FY21) declined by 20.52% YoY to Rs 112.93 crore. The company’s board has declared a final dividend of Rs 10 per share. 

Indian steel manufacturers hike rates by up to Rs 4,900 per tonne

Leading domestic steel manufacturers have hiked the prices of Hot Rolled Coil (HRC) and Cold Rolled Coil (CRC) by up to Rs 4,000 and Rs 4,900 per tonne, respectively. After the price revision, a tonne of HRC will cost Rs 70,000-71,000, while CRC will cost Rs 83,000-84,000 per tonne. The rise in steel prices will impact the prices of vehicles, consumer goods, and the cost of construction. 

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Nucleus Software Q4 Results: Net profit declines 2.8% YoY to Rs 27 crore

Nucleus Software Exports Ltd reported a 2.81% YoY decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 27.35 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has increased by 10.19% when compared to the previous quarter. Its revenue from operations declined 10.16% YoY to Rs 124.18 crore during the same period. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), net profit rose 32.54% YoY to Rs 117.95 crore. The board of Nucleus Software Exports has recommended a final dividend of Rs 6 per share. 

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IDBI Bank secures $239 million debt judgment in London High Court

IDBI Bank has secured a $239 million (~Rs 1,744 crore) judgment in the commercial division of the High Court of London against a Cypriot subsidiary of India-based Essar Shipping Group. In March 2013, the bank had provided loans totaling $148 million to two Singapore registered companies— Varada Drilling One Pte Ltd and Varada Drilling Two Pte Ltd— for the construction of two jack-up drilling rigs. The borrowers failed to make scheduled repayments, and IDBI Bank had served a formal demand for repayment of the principal amount, interest, default interest, and fees in 2017.

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APL Apollo Tubes Q4 Results: Net profit rises 109% YoY to Rs 119 crore

APL Apollo Tubes Ltd reported a 109.82% jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 119.22 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has declined by 9.7% when compared to the previous quarter. Its total income rose 37% YoY to Rs 2,599.61 crore during the same period. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), net profit rose 51.35% YoY to Rs 360.16 crore. APL Apollo is a leading manufacturer of welded steel tubes and pipes in India.

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