Retail inflation eases to 4.29% in April; IIP grows 22.4% in March 

Retail inflation in India, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), eased to 4.29% in April 2021. CPI stood at 5.52% in March. This is the fifth consecutive month that retail inflation has come within the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) upper margin of 6%. The Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) eased to 2.02% in April, compared with 4.87% in March. Vegetable prices fell 14.18% in April, while prices of cereals declined by 2.96%.

India’s factory output, measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), witnessed a growth of 22.4% YoY to 143.4 in March 2021. The growth in IIP is mainly on account of the growth in the manufacturing, electricity, and mining sectors. The manufacturing sector posted a growth of 25.8% YoY to 140.4 in March. The electricity and mining sectors grew 22.5% and 6.1%, respectively, during the same month. The index had fallen by 3.4% in February 2021.

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Tata Power Q4 Results: Net profit falls to Rs 481 crore

Tata Power Company Ltd reported a marginal decline in net profit to Rs 481.21 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY21). It had posted a net profit of Rs 474.70 crore in the corresponding period last year (Q4 FY20). Its total income rose to Rs 10,222.48 crore in Q4 FY21, compared with Rs 6,793.95 crore in Q4 FY20. Tata Power’s board has recommended a dividend of Rs 1.55 per share.

The company’s board has also approved fund-raising up to Rs 5,500 crore through the issuance of non-convertible debentures (NCDs) on a private placement basis. The funds raised from this issue will be utilised for refinancing of existing loans.

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Cabinet approves PLI scheme worth Rs 18,100 crore for battery storage manufacturing

The Union Cabinet has approved a Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for promoting battery storage at an estimated outlay of Rs 18,100 crore. With the objective to promote the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Storage is expected to attract investments of up to Rs 45,000 crore. The proposal aims to achieve a manufacturing capacity of 50 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of ACC and 5 GWh of niche ACC. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said this PLI scheme will promote green growth and use local products like copper and bauxite to a large extent.

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UPL Q4 Results: Net profit rises 34% QoQ to Rs 1,063 crore

UPL Limited reported a 34% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) increase in net profit to Rs 1,063 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Net profit has jumped 72% when compared to Q4 FY20. The company’s revenue from operations rose 40% QoQ (or 15% YoY) to Rs 12,796 crore during the same period. Its agrochemical and other agricultural-related businesses saw top-line growth of 15.7% YoY to Rs 12,331 core. UPL’s board has recommended a dividend of Rs 10 per share.

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Cadila to sell India focused animal health business for Rs 2,921 crore

Zydus Animal Health and Investments Ltd (ZAHL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cadila Healthcare, has entered into an agreement with a consortium of financial investors to sell its animal healthcare business Zydus AH for Rs 2,921 crore. The consortium includes Rakesh Jhunjunwala’s RARE Enterprises, Multiples Alternate Asset Management, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Zydus AH is one of the fastest-growing animal health businesses in India. It claims a leadership position across a spectrum of therapeutic and nutritional products for livestock and poultry animal segments.

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JSPL Q4 Results: Net profit jumps multi-fold to Rs 1,900 crore

Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 1,900.51 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY21). This includes an exceptional item of Rs 969 crore. It had posted a net profit of Rs 82.13 crore in the corresponding period last year (Q4 FY20). JSPL’s total income rose to Rs 11,903.59 crore in Q4, compared with Rs 6,819.73 crore a year ago. Total expenses rose to Rs 8,082.92 crore in the March 2021 quarter, compared to Rs 6,603.65 crore in Q4 FY20.

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Passenger vehicle wholesales fall 10% in April: SIAM

According to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), total passenger vehicle wholesales in India declined by 10% to 2.61 lakh units in April 2021. This is compared with passenger vehicle sales of 2.90 lakh units in March 2021. Motorcycle sales declined by 33% to 6.67 lakh units in April, compared to 9.93 lakh units in March. Three-wheeler sales fell by 57% to 12.70 lakh units during the same month.

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Voltas Q4 Results: Net profit rises 49% YoY to Rs 239 crore

Voltas Limited reported a 49% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 239 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). Its total sales revenue rose 25% YoY to Rs 2,683.24 crore during the same period. The company’s revenue from unitary products grew 20% YoY to Rs 1,437 crore. Its colling products business posted overall volume growth of 18% YoY in Q4. The board of Voltas Ltd has recommended a dividend of Rs 5 per share.

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Asian Paints Q4 Results: Net profit rises 84.5% YoY to Rs 852 crore

Asian Paints Limited reported an 84.5% YoY increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 852.13 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4). On a quarterly basis, net profit has fallen by 31%. Its revenue from operations rose 43.5% YoY to Rs 6,651.4 crore during the same period. The company’s domestic decorative business posted volume growth of 48% YoY, led by strong growth in the premium and luxury product range. The board of Asian Paints has recommended a final dividend of Rs 14.5 per share.

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Apollo Tyres Q4 Results: Net profit falls 35% QoQ to Rs 287 crore

Apollo Tyres Limited reported a 35.27% QoQ fall in net profit to Rs 287.26 crore for the quarter ended March (Q4 FY21). Net profit has jumped 269% when compared to the corresponding period last year. Its total sales revenues fell 3.25% QoQ (up 40% YoY) to Rs 5,025.7 crore during the same period. Apollo Tyres’ sales in the Middle East and African regions rose 49% YoY to Rs 3,688 crore. The company’s board has recommended a final dividend of Rs 3.5 per share.

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