Manufacturing PMI remains steady in April

Manufacturing activity in India remained steady in April despite the devastating surge in Covid-19 cases amidst the second wave. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) stood at 55.5 in April, compared with 55.4 in March. This is the eighth straight month that PMI has remained in the expansion zone. Consumer goods were the strongest-performing category in April, followed by capital goods and intermediate goods. PMI is a month-on-month calculation, and a value of more than 50 represents an expansion when compared to the previous month.

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Kotak Mahindra Bank Q4 Results: Net profit rises 33% YoY to Rs 1,682 crore

Kotak Mahindra Bank reported a 33% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 1,682 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net interest income (NII) rose 8% YoY to Rs 3,843 crore during the same period. [NII is the interest income a bank receives on assets such as loans, and the interest it pays to depositors] The gross non-performing assets (NPAs) ratio fell 3.25% in Q4, compared with 3.27% in the preceding quarter (Q3 FY21). Kotak Bank’s total deposits rose 6.5% YoY to Rs 2.8 lakh crore in Q4.

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Natco Pharma gets emergency use approval for Baricitinib tablets for Covid-19 treatment

Natco Pharma has received emergency use approval for Barcitinib tablets from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO). Baricitinib is used in combination with Remdesivir for the treatment of Covid-19 positive patients. Natco will be requesting a Compulsory License based on emergency use in light of the serious public health emergency across India due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The pharma company will launch the product within a week.

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IDBI Bank Q4 Results: Net profit jumps 278% YoY to Rs 512 crore

IDBI Bank reported a 278% YoY jump in net profit to Rs 512 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). On a quarterly basis, net profit has increased by 35%. Net interest income (NII) rose 38% YoY to Rs 3,240 crore during the same period. The gross non-performing assets (NPAs) ratio stood at 22.37%, compared with 24.33% in Q3 FY21. IDBI Bank’s total deposits have increased by 4% YoY to Rs 2.3 lakh crore in FY21.

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NMDC reports 124% YoY jump in iron ore sales in April

NMDC Limited reported a 124% YoY increase in iron ore sales to 3.09 million tonnes (MT) in April 2021. The state-owned miner had posted iron ore sales of 1.38 MT during the corresponding month last year. The company’s iron ore production jumped 74% YoY to 3.13 MT in April 2021. On a quarterly basis, iron ore production has declined 31.5%, while sales fell 24.26%. 

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Godrej Properties Q4 Results: Net loss at Rs 192 crore

Godrej Properties Limited (GPL) reported a net loss of Rs 191.62 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY21). It had posted a net profit of Rs 102 crore in the corresponding period last year (Q4 FY20). The company’s revenue declined 60% YoY to Rs 508 crore in Q4 FY21. The real estate developer recorded its highest-ever quarterly collection of Rs 2,041 crore and a net operating cash flow of Rs 785 crore in Q4. Total booking value increased by 10% YoY to Rs 2,632 crore.

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JSW Energy’s subsidiary signs PPA with SECI for supply of 540 MW wind energy

JSW Renew Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JSW Future Energy Ltd, has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for the supply of 540 MW from a total blended wind capacity of 810 MW. This PPA marks JSW Energy’s entry into the wind or blended wind energy generation segment. In September 2020, JSW Future Energy had received Letter of Awards (LoAs) for a total blended wind capacity of 810 MW in respect to the tariff-based competitive bids invited by SECI for setting up 2,500 MW Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS)-connected blended wind power projects.

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SBI Life Q4 Results: Net profit at Rs 532 crore

SBI Life Insurance Company reported a flat net profit of Rs 532 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). It had posted a net profit of Rs 531 crore in the corresponding period last year (Q4 FY20). Net premium income (NPI) rose 31% YoY to Rs 15,556 crore in Q4 FY21. For the financial year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21), net profit has increased by 2% YoY to Rs 1,456 crore. The company’s board has declared an interim dividend of Rs 2.5 per share.

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Varun Beverages Q1 Results: Net profit jumps 127% YoY to Rs  136 crore

Varun Beverages Limited (VBL) reported a 127.7% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 136.76 crore for the quarter ended March (Q1 CY21). The company follows the January-December financial year cycle. Its revenue from operations rose 33.7% YoY to Rs 2,240.89 crore during the same period. Total sales volume grew 32.8% YoY to 15.1 crore cases in Q1 CY21. VBL’s board has announced a bonus issue in the ratio 1:2. [This means that one additional share will be issued for every two shares held by a shareholder of the company]

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Tata Chemicals Q4 Results: Net profit falls sharply to Rs 11.77 crore

Tata Chemicals Limited reported a 99.8% YoY (or 93% QoQ) decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 11.77 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Its total revenue rose 10.85% YoY to Rs 2,636 crore during the same period. The company’s basic chemistry products segment posted a 5.6% YoY growth, while the specialty chemicals segment saw a growth of 38% YoY. Tata Chemicals’ board has announced a dividend of Rs 10 per share.

Motherson Sumi’s subsidiary completes acquisition of Bombardier’s electric wiring business

Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd (MSSL) has completed the acquisition of Bombardier’s electric wiring business (which is based in Mexico). The acquisition was done by MSSL’s Mexican subsidiary— Motherson Rolling Stock Division (MRS). The assets and activities at Bombardier’s manufacturing site at Huehuetoca, Mexico (BT Ensambles México) have now been taken over by MRS.

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