Prestige Estates sells assets worth Rs 7,467 crore to Blackstone Group

Prestige Estate Properties Ltd has sold assets worth Rs 7,467 crore to investment firm Blackstone Group as part of the first phase of a Rs 9,160 crore deal. Phase-1 of the transaction included the sale of 12 assets comprising of completed retail, office, and hotel properties. With the completion of this transaction, Prestige Estate’s net debt has reduced to Rs 997.5 crore (compared with Rs 8,464.5 crore as of December 31, 2020). Phase-2 of the transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the next quarter.

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Have adequate spectrum to be competitive in market: Vodafone Idea

P Balaji, Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer of Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL), said the company has an adequate spectrum to meet customers’ requirements and to be competitive in the market. He said that VIL had bid for just as much radiowaves as it needed to boost its services and coverage. This commentary comes after several reports stated that VIL may not have acquired large amounts of spectrum in the recent auctions due to financial constraints. Vodafone Idea’s spectrum holding after the recent auction stands at 1,768.60 MHz.

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Kalyan Jewellers IPO to open on March 16; price band fixed at Rs 86-87

Kalyan Jewellers, on Thursday, announced that it will open its initial public offering (IPO) on March 16. The price band of the IPO has been fixed at Rs 86 to Rs 87 per share. The offer size is Rs 1,175 crore, which comprises a fresh issue aggregating to Rs 800 crore and an offer for sale (OFS) of Rs 375 crore. The company will utilise the funds for meeting working capital requirements and for general corporate purposes. The issue will close on March 18.

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JSW Steel’s crude steel production declines 1% YoY in February

JSW Steel Limited reported that its crude steel production declined by 1% year-on-year (YoY) to 13.06 lakh tonnes in February 2021. The average capacity utilisation was 93% last month. The production of flat-rolled products declined 6% YoY to 9.27 lakh tonnes. The production of long-rolled products increased by 10% YoY to 3.4 lakh tonnes during the same period.

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Infosys BPM extends strategic partnership with Newmont Corp

Infosys BPM announced a five-year extension of its strategic collaboration with the world’s largest gold mining company- Newmont Corporation. The company will standardise and digitise delivery models across Newmont’s mining sites. Infosys BPM will leverage its automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and design thinking capabilities to deliver increased value for Newmont. Infosys BPM is the business process management arm of Infosys Limited.

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SpiceJet to offer RT-PCR test for Rs 500 in Mumbai, Delhi

SpiceJet Limited has launched the country’s cheapest Covid RT-PCR testing facility for the general public at Rs 499 through its subsidiary, SpiceHealth. It will also offer the testing facilities at a special price of Rs 299 (which is one-third of the prevailing market rate) to its passengers. In the first phase, SpiceHealth will make its testing facility available in Mumbai and Delhi.

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NMDC declares interim dividend of Rs 7.76 per share

NMDC Limited’s board has approved an interim dividend of Rs 7.76 per share for the financial year 2020-21. The company has fixed March 23, 2021, as the record date for payment of the interim dividend. State-owned NMDC is India’s largest iron ore miner and produces about 35 metric tonnes (MT) of iron ore from its three iron ore complexes in the country.

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Ramco Systems goes live at Nigeria-based Caverton Helicopters

Ramco Systems Limited announced that it has gone live at Caverton Helicopters with its Aviation M&E MRO Suite V5.8, thereby integrating and digitally transforming its business processes. The installed Aviation Suite helps Caverton Helicopters to track transactions, generate flight contract billing, and execute work packages. Caverton Helicopters is a Nigerian aerospace company that serves the West African offshore oil and gas industry.

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Ares SSG Capital completes acquisition of Altico Capital

Hong Kong-based Ares SSG Funds has completed the acquisition of debt-ridden Altico Capital. This buyout marks the first resolution of a defaulting non-banking finance company (NBFC) outside India’s Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). State Bank of India (SBI), Bank of Baroda, Yes Bank, ACRE ARC, and Aditya Birla Finance were the main lenders to Altico Capital that have credit exposure. 

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Firms of Rakesh Jhunjunwala, Samir Arora file for mutual fund licenses

Helios Capital Management and Alchemy Capital Management are among four investment firms that have applied for mutual fund licenses with market regulator SEBI within the past 4 months. Singapore-based Helios Capital is founded by Samir Arora, while Alchemy Capital is co-founded by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjunwala. Bajaj Finserv, Capitalmind (Wisemarkets Analytics), Frontline Capital Services, Unifi Capital, and Zerodha Broking are other firms that have applied for mutual fund licenses.

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USTPO grants patent to Newgen Software for invention of advanced binarization process

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) has granted a patent to Newgen Software Technologies Ltd for an invention entitled “Image Processing System and Method”. The patent is for a period of 20 years, which starts from March 2018. The invention is an image processing system that binarizes images, which refers to converting colored and grey images to black and white images. The process of binarization is used to reduce image size and to facilitate document analysis.

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