Retail inflation eases to 4.06% in January; industry output grows 1% in December

India’s retail inflation, calculated by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), eased to 4.06% in January 2021, primarily due to a decline in vegetable prices. The CPI stood at 4.59% in December 2020 and 7.6% in January 2020. Meanwhile, the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) grew 1% in December 2020. Mining output declined by 4.8%, while power generation grew 5.1% last month. Thus, the Indian economy is witnessing a strong recovery with inflation cooling down and industry output showing a rebound. 

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Motherson Sumi Q3 Results: Net profit nearly triples to Rs 798 crore

Motherson Sumi Systems reported a 194% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 798 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The auto parts maker posted a 14% YoY increase in revenue to Rs 17,092.4 crore during the same period. With strong operating cash flows, the company’s net debt is at its lowest level compared to the previous 14 quarters. Motherson Sumo’s domestic wire harness business showed a 44% YoY increase in revenue to Rs 1,343 crore in Q3. 

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NTPC commissions Unit-4 of Kameng hydro-electric project

NTPC announced that its fourth 150 megawatt (MW) unit of Kameng Hydro-Electric Project is commercially operational. The project is run by its subsidiary- North Eastern Electric Power Corporation. With this, the commissioned and commercial capacity of NTPC has increased to 64,075 MW.

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Voltas Q3 Results: Net profit rises 46% YoY to Rs 129 crore

Tata Group company Voltas Ltd reported a 46.26% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 128.64 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). Its revenue rose 32.29% YoY to Rs 2,046.26 crore during the same period. The company saw a strong recovery in its cooling products segment. Voltas’ revenue from unitary cooling products for commercial use increased 40% YoY to Rs 840 crore in Q3.

The company’s board has approved the transfer of domestic projects business to its subsidiary, Universal MEP Projects & Engineering Services. The cash consideration for the business transfer has been estimated at Rs 1,000-1,200 crore.

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Sobha Q3 Results: Net profit falls 70% YoY to Rs 21 crore

Sobha Limited reported a 70.49% YoY decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 21.6 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The real estate developer’s revenue fell to Rs 696.3 crore, compared with Rs 901.2 crore in Q3 FY20. However, the firm achieved its highest-ever pre-sales volume during the October-December quarter.

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Bharat Forge Q3 Results: Net loss at Rs 210 crore

Bharat Forge reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 210.45 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The auto components manufacturer posted a 5.9% YoY decline in revenue to Rs 1,723.1 crore during the same period. Bharat Forge stated that a strong recovery in end-market demand in the automobile sector helped the company register healthy double-digit growth in key parameters.

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HAL Q3 Results: Net profit rises 85% YoY to Rs 853 crore

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) reported an 85% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 853 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). Its consolidated revenue rose 21.8% YoY to Rs 5,425.46 crore during the same period.

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Indiabulls Housing Finance Q3 Results: Net profit declines 40% YoY to Rs 329 crore

Indiabulls Housing Finance reported a 40.3% YoY decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 329.32 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). Its revenue from operations declined by 25% YoY to Rs 2,513.25 crore during the same period. The company’s board has approved fundraising of Rs 5,000 crores through the issue of non-convertible debentures on a private placement basis.

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Grasim Q3 Results: Net profit jumps 107% YoY to Rs 2,152 crore

Grasim Industries Limited reported a 107% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 2,152.33 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). Its revenue from operations grew 13% YoY to Rs 20,986 crore during the same period. This is the highest-ever consolidated quarterly profit reported by the company, with strong growth across its business segments. 

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Equitas SFB launches FASTag powered truck terminal

Equitas Small Finance Bank has launched a FASTag powered truck terminal at Khalapur, Maharashtra. The bank has partnered with Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd (MSRDC) and Ocean Highway Facilities and Solutions Pvt Ltd for the same. The terminal has a capacity of 160 trucks that can be parked at any given point in time.

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