SBI Q2 Results: Net profit rises 67% YoY to Rs 7,626 crore

State Bank of India (SBI) reported a 67% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 7,626.5 crore for the quarter ended September (Q2 FY22). Net profit increased 17% compared to the previous quarter. Its net interest income (NII) rose 10.6% YoY to Rs 31,184 crore during the same period. The gross non-performing assets ratio (GNPA) stood at 4.90% in Q2 FY22, compared to 5.32% in Q1 FY22. Provisions against bad loans stood at Rs 2,699 crore in Q2, down 52% YoY.

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India’s services PMI grows at the fastest pace in over a decade in October

India’s services sector activity expanded at the strongest pace in ten-and-a-half years in October. The IHS Markit India Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) stood at 58.4 in October, compared to 55.2 in September. Companies indicated that a notable pick-up in new business led to the fastest expansion in output in over a decade, and as a result, more jobs were created. However, business confidence remained subdued due to growing inflationary concerns. PMI is a month-on-month calculation, and a value above 50 represents an expansion when compared to the previous month. 

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Infosys collaborates with Shell to Market Shell Inventory Optimizer Solution

Tech-giant Infosys has announced a collaboration with Shell Global Solutions International B.V. (Shell) as the commercialization partner of the “Shell Inventory Optimizer” solution targeted towards energy companies. The “Shell Inventory Optimizer” uses Artificial Intelligence to optimize warehouse inventory levels based on historical consumption. This will allow energy companies to improve demand planning, reduce time and labour, and bring down cost of operation.

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Zee Ent. To Announce Q2 Results on Nov 27 Amidst Shareholder Turmoil

Zee Entertainment has announced November 27, 2021, as the date for a board meeting to announce quarterly results (Q2). This comes after the company had cancelled its results meet on October 27, 2021, citing a lack of quorum. ZEEL’s single-largest shareholders Invesco Developing Markets Fund and OFI Global China Fund LLC who hold 17.88% stake in the company jointly have been pressing for an extraordinary general meeting(EGM) for the removal of its Managing Director Punit Goenka, besides opposing Zee’s proposed merger deal with Pictures Network India (SPNI). Two of Zee’s independent board members Manish Chokhani and Ashok Kurien have already resigned amidst certain allegations. The two major shareholders and Zee have locked horns with Invesco and OFI Global approaching the Mumbai Bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) whereas Zee has approached the Bombay High Court leveling allegations against each other resulting in an ugly public spat. 

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Vodafone Idea: Co Partners With Nokia India For 5G Trials

Vodafone-Idea(VI) and Nokia have announced their partnership to test 5G using ‘E-Bands’ in areas where fiber is challenging to deploy. The two claimed a speed of 9.85 Gbps while testing the 5G networkings. “We are delighted to partner with Vi in trials to deliver 5G services by connecting small cells & macrocells with fiber-like speed through E-Band, in areas where fiber is challenging to deploy”, said Nokia in a tweet. 

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Hindalco Industries to acquire Polycab’s 100% stake in Ryker

Hindalco, the Aditya Birla Group’s flagship metal company has announced the acquisition of a 100% stake in Ryker Base Pvt. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polycab Industries for an enterprise value of Rs 323 crore. Ryker owns a 225,000-ton plant to manufacture cast and rolled copper wire rods. On the other hand, Hindalco owns the world’s largest single-location custom copper smelters at Dahej in Gujarat, with a capacity of 345,000 tons.

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Adani Power Get NCLT Nod To Acquire Essar’s 1,200 MW Mahajan Project 

Adani Power got approval from the National Company Law Tribunal to acquire Essar Power’s 1,200 MW thermal power project in Mahan, Madhya Pradesh. The Principal Bench of NCLT at New Delhi approved Adani Power’s resolution plan to acquire EPMPL (Essar Power M P Ltd) which is currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings.

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ABFRL Q2 Results: Consolidated Revenue Doubles!

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL) reported a net profit of Rs 5 crore this quarter against a net loss of Rs 188 crore last year in the same quarter. The consolidated revenue doubled YoY to Rs. 2054 crore from Rs 1028 crore in the same period. The company’s overall business recovered to 90% of pre-COVID levels where the Branded Business recovered to over ~95% of normalized level and Pantaloons to ~73% of pre-COVID levels. Additionally, the E-commerce business grew by 74% over last year. The company added 160+ stores across businesses during the quarter.

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Eicher Motors Q2 Results: Profit After Tax Grows 9%

Eicher Motors reported a net profit of Rs 373 crore, growing at 9% YoY and 44% QoQ. The consolidated revenue of the company stood at Rs 2,250 crore, up 5.4% from the same quarter of the previous financial year. Royal Enfield sold 123,515 motorcycles during the quarter, a decline of 17.2% from 149,120 motorcycles sold over the same period in FY 2020-21. Royal Enfield ended the quarter with the best ever performance in international markets for the second successive quarter with total exports at 17,922 units, more than 132% increase over 7,714 in the same period last year. VE Commercial Vehicles, a joint venture between Volvo and Eicher reported a profit of Rs 9 crore against a loss of Rs 3.85 crore in the same quarter last financial year. 

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