SEBI imposes Rs 1 crore penalty on HDFC Bank in BRH Wealth Kreators case

SEBI imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on HDFC Bank for invoking securities pledged by stockbroker BRH Wealth Kreators, in violation of the regulator’s interim directions. The bank has also been directed to transfer Rs 158.68 crore along with 7% interest per annum into an escrow account till the issue of settlement of clients’ securities is reconciled. [An escrow account is an account where funds are held in trust whilst two or more parties complete a transaction]. The fine shall be payable within a period of 45 days.

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Bajaj Auto Q3 Results: Net profit rises 23% YoY to Rs 1,556 crore

Bajaj Auto Ltd reported a 23.4% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 1,556 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The two-wheeler company’s revenue rose 17% YoY to Rs 8,9098 crore during the same period. Sales volumes grew by 9% YoY, which was led by a 26% growth in motorcycle exports and an 8% increase in domestic volumes. Bajaj Auto’s overall share in the domestic motorcycle market was 18.6% in Q3 FY21, as compared to 17.5% in Q2 FY21.

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Economic recovery in FY22 to be V (vaccine)-shaped: RBI

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in its ‘State of the Economy 2020’ report, has said the shape of India’s economic recovery in 2021-22 will be V-shaped — and the ‘V’ in it stands for “vaccine”. India has launched the biggest vaccination drive in the world, backed by the comparative advantage of having a strong vaccine manufacturing capacity. The report stated that the GDP is at a striking distance of attaining positive territory, and inflation is easing closer to the target.

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Asian Paints Q3 Results: Net profit surges 62% YoY to Rs 1,265 crore

Asian Paints Ltd reported a 62% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 1,265.35 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). Its revenue rose 25% YoY to Rs 6,788.47 crore during the same period. The company’s domestic decorative business delivered more than 30% volume growth, led by premium and luxury portfolios. Asian Paints’ profitability across businesses has been supported by a good sales mix and cost optimisation measures.

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Jindal Steel & Power Q3 Results: Profit after tax at Rs 2,432 crore

Jindal Steel and Power Ltd reported a consolidated profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 2,432 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The company had posted a net loss of Rs 257 crore in Q3 FY20. Its consolidated revenue increased by 40% YoY to Rs 10,534 crore in Q3 FY21. During the same period, JSPL standalone reported its highest-ever steel production volumes at 1.93 million tonnes (up 20% YoY) and sales of 1.87 million tonnes (up 12% YoY).

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Indigo Paints IPO subscribed nearly 7 times on Day 2

The initial public offering (IPO) of Indigo Paints was subscribed nearly 7 times on the second day of the bidding process. The issue has received bids for 3.84 crore shares, which is 6.97 times the issue size of 55.18 lakh shares. The reserved portion for retail investors was subscribed 9.6 times, and that of employees 1.8 times. The portion set aside for qualified institutional buyers has been subscribed 3.8 times, and that of non-institutional investors 5.4 times.

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Bandhan Bank Q3 Results: Net profit falls 14% YoY to Rs 632 crore

Bandhan Bank reported a 13.5% YoY decline in net profit to Rs 632.6 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). The bank’s total income rose 38.3% YoY to Rs 2,625 crore during the same period. Net interest income (NII) grew by 34.5% YoY to Rs 2,071.7 crore in Q3. [NII is the difference between the interest income a bank earns from its lending activities and the interest it pays to depositors]. Provisions and contingencies increased by 262% YoY to Rs 1,068.73 crore. The bank’s operational performance in Q3 was backed by higher growth, lower costs of funds, and strong retail deposits.

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HDFC to sell 24.48% stake in Good Host for Rs 232.81 crore

HDFC Ltd has signed an agreement to sell its 24.48% stake in Good Host, a company engaged in the business of managing student housing facilities. The aggregate sale consideration for the sale of shares is Rs 232.81 crore. After the sale, Good Host will cease to be an associate of HDFC. [HDFC had acquired a 25.01% stake in Good Host in August 2018 for Rs 69.5 crore]

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Fire breaks out at Serum Institute building in Pune; vaccine production not hit

A major fire broke out at the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) on Thursday afternoon. The company is involved in producing Covid-19 vaccine Covishield – developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca – which is being used for inoculation in the country’s mega vaccination drive. The mishap led to the death of five people, while the rescue team evacuated four. It took around three hours for firemen to bring the blaze under control. The fire is believed to have started because of an electrical fault. There would be no loss of Covishield production due to the fire, said SII CEO Adar Poonawalla.

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Ashoka Buildcon secures 150 MW solar project worth Rs 502 crore

Ashoka Buildcon Ltd has received a Notification of Award (NoA) from NTPC Renewable Energy for a 150 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Rajasthan. The order includes the operation and maintenance of the solar PV plant for a period of 3 years from the date of successful trial run. The accepted bid value of the project is Rs 502.33 crore. 

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Man Industries Q3 Results: Net profit rises 4.3% YoY to Rs 30 crore

Man Industries Ltd reported a 4.3% YoY increase in net profit to Rs 30.6 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3). Its revenue rose 4.1% YoY to Rs 554.5 crore during the same period. The company’s unexecuted order book at the end of the quarter stood at ~Rs 1,200 crore. Man Industries stated that opportunities in the oil and gas sector remain positive due to stabilizing oil demand and resumption of drilling activities globally.

JK Tyre Q3 Results: Net profit at Rs 230 crore

JK Tyre & Industries Ltd reported a multi-fold jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 230.46 crore. The company had posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 10.27 crore in the third quarter of FY20. Consolidated revenue from operations grew 21.7% YoY to Rs 2,769 crore in Q3 FY21. During the third quarter, all nine plants of the company in India operated at close to 96% capacity utilisation. JK Tyre’s strong performance in Q3 was largely driven by the increased demand for passenger, commercial vehicle, and farm tyres.

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