RBI keeps policy rates unchanged; projects GDP growth at 10.5% in FY 2021-22

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India has decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 4%. The reverse repo rate will remain unchanged at 3.35%. The MPC has projected gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at a rate of 10.5% for the financial year 2021-22. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that outlook on India’s growth has improved significantly. He stated that the manufacturing, infrastructure, and services sectors are showing impressive growth.

[Repo rate is the rate at which the central bank (RBI) lends money to commercial banks to meet short-term fund requirements. Reverse repo rate is the rate at which the central bank borrows money from the commercial banks] 

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M&M Q3 Results: Net profit rises 40% YoY to Rs 531 crore

Mahindra & Mahindra (including Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers) reported a 40% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 530.9 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). Its revenue rose 16% YoY to Rs 14,056.5 crore during the same period. M&M’s total vehicle sales declined by 7% YoY to 1.55 lakh units. Tractor sales rose 20% YoY to 97,420 units.

The carmaker estimates it will incur a one-time loss of Rs 1,210.48 crore on its South Korean unit, Ssangyong Motor, which has filed for bankruptcy. M&M said it may not be able to complete the majority stake sale in Ssangyong by February 28 as planned earlier.

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HAL, Rolls-Royce expand partnership in India

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Rolls-Royce have agreed to expand their partnership in India for collaboration in two significant areas. This includes expanding the supply chain for both Civil and Defence Aerospace and establishing an authorized maintenance centre for Adour Mk871 engines to support Rolls-Royce’s global customers. Both companies will build on their partnership of over 60 years, wherein Rolls-Royce engines have been ‘Made in India’ and supported by HAL under license from Rolls-Royce.

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Punjab National Bank Q3 Results: Net profit at Rs 506 crore

Punjab National Bank (PNB) reported a net profit of Rs 506 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). It had posted a net loss of Rs 492.28 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. The bank’s net interest income (NII) grew 90% YoY to Rs 8,313 crore in Q3 FY21. PNB’s gross non-performing assets (GNPAs) reduced to 12.99% in Q3, compared to 13.43% in Q2 FY21.

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Cadila Health Q3 Results: Net profit rises 41% YoY to Rs 527 crore

Cadila Healthcare Ltd reported a 41% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 527.2 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). Its consolidated revenue rose 4.3% YoY to Rs 3,795.6 crore during the same period. The company’s business in India (including health formulations business and consumer wellness business) grew 20% YoY to Rs 1,643 crore in Q3. 

Cadila Healthcare has received approval to start Phase-III clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D in India. The vaccine will be tested across 60 locations in 30,000 healthy adult volunteers.

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Expenditure Finance Committee approves PLI proposal for LEDs, ACs

The Expenditure Finance Committee has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for providing incentives to ACs and LED lights under the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme. In November 2020, the Union Cabinet had approved Rs 6,238-crore outlay for these two sectors under the PLI scheme. This would help boost domestic manufacturing in the country.

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Sundaram Finance Q3 Results: Net profit rises 45% YoY to Rs 242 crore

Sundaram Finance Ltd reported a 45% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 242 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). Its total income rose 7% YoY to Rs 1,045 crore during the same period. The company’s assets under management (AUM) stood at Rs 31,226 crore in Q3, compared to Rs 30,502 crore in the corresponding quarter last year (Q3 FY20).

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Alkem Lab Q3 Results: Net profit rises 18% YoY to Rs 450 crore

Alkem Laboratories reported an 18.06% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 450.96 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The pharma company’s revenue rose 6.24% YoY to Rs 2,318.05 crore during the same period. Alkem Lab’s board has declared an interim dividend of Rs 25 per share.  

Natco Pharma receives registration approval for Chlorantraniliprole

Natco Pharma Ltd has received registration approval from the Central Insecticide Board & Registration Committee for Chlorantraniliprole (CTPR). CTPR is an active ingredient used in pest management products. Natco would be the first indigenous manufacturer of this technical product. The company hopes to bring products based on CTPR shortly that would be affordable and accessible to farmers across India.

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Jubilant Life Q3 Results: Net profit rises 52% YoY to Rs 310 crore

Jubilant Life Sciences reported a 52.39% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 309.93 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). Its revenue rose 16.63% YoY to Rs 1,743.63 crore during the same period. Jubilant Life Sciences is a pharmaceutical company based in Noida.

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