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All eyes on RCom’s tower & fiber optic businesses

Leading telcom companies and PE funds interested in mobile tower and the fibre optic assets of Reliance Communication (RCom) that are up for sale. RCom, debt of 40,000 crore, able to garner 17,000 crore by monitising its tower, fiber and spectrum assests and 10,000 crore from sales of Real Estate.It has also suggested that the bankers convert around 7,100 crore of their loans into equity by which they would have a 51% stake in RCom.

LIC ups stake in colgate palmolive India to over 7%

Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India has acquired 2.021% stake in FMCG( fast moving consumer goods ) firm Colgate Palmolive India through open market purchase, taking the total holding in the company to 7.037%. The Insurance behemoth earlier had 5.016% stake in Colgate Palmolive India,the FMCG company said in a regulatory filing. LIC has acquired additional 54,97,334 shares in the company and now has 1,91,40,291 shares. It earlier had 1,36,42,957 shares in Colgate Palmolive India.

Vedanta profit up 43% in Q2, Revenue up 37%.

Vedanta profit up 43% in Q2. Revenue was 21,590 crore, up 37% from a year before. " Key contracts on our announced oil& gas projects are at advanced stages of being awarded and the next two quarters will see an increased trend of protection from this business" Kulidip kaura, chief executive. Free cash flow of 3,280 crore in the September quarter Gross debt reduced by 11,466 crore to 55,798 crore.

Dilip Buildcon to sell road assets to Shrem for ₹1,600 crore

Dilip Buildcon Ltd, a Bhopal-based road developer, has announced the sale of 24 road assets of a total project value of ₹10,500 crore to the Chhatwal Group.The deal, which could emerge as one of the largest in the sector, is estimated at ₹1,600 crore.The road developer has invested a total of ₹682 crore (both in equity and debt) while ₹841.6 crore is yet to be invested.

Reliance Industries touches ₹6 lakh crore in market capitalisation

Reliance Industries is the first Indian company to touch ₹6 trillion market-cap. RIL stock got a further push as Jio, its telecom arm, recently hiked tariffs earlier than anticipated. The stock added nearly ₹3 trillion market-cap since April after its telecom arm Reliance Jio started charging its customers.

Ashok Leyland to invest 400-500 crore on Electric Vehicles

Ashok Leyland is looking at investing Rs 400-500 crore in its electric vehicle business over the next three to five years.“We are preparing ourselves for the electric vehicle movement that is going to happen over the next five to 10 years… it’s a question of survival… so (we will invest) at least Rs 400-500 crore over the next three to five years,” Managing Director Dasari said.

IT industry to achieve 11-11.5 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years

A majority of IT business will come from digital transformation projects in coming years, says C P Gurnani, Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tech Mahindra . Gurnani is confident that the IT industry will achieve 11-11.5 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years and will meet the 2020 revenue target of USD 225 billion.

Indian automobile industry can contribute over 12 per cent to the country's GDP by 2026

Currently, the automobile industry is contributing 7.1 per cent Indian automobile industry can contribute over 12 per cent to the country’s GDP and generate around 6.5 crore additional jobs over the next decade, a top Maruti Suzuki India official said today. “Our vision is that over the next decade, the Indian automobile sector must contribute in excess of 12 per cent of the country’s GDP. We (auto industry) want to create nearly 65 million additional jobs by 2026,” Maruti Suzuki India Managing Director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa today said at an event here.

India just have 9% share of patented drugs. This shows that Indian Pharma industry lacks innovation in developing new drugs.

India has 3rd largest drugs production by volume and 13th by value. It is because of generic drug production India is 3rd biggest manufacturer of drugs. It was one of the few sectors in which FDI in which more than 50% of FDI (Infact 74% of FDI) was allowed from the start. It gave boon to Indian pharma market.India just have 9% share of patented drugs. This shows that Indian Pharma industry lacks innovation in developing new drugs. Thus, India wants to succeed it has to develop and promote innovation and move up the value chain.

India is estimated to have spent over $10 billion on the imports of edible oil, making it the third-biggest import item after crude oil and gold.

According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), India’s edible oil has a market size of 20.23 million metric tonnes (MT) in volume (annual consumption) and is valued at over INR 1 trillion. (June 2015 estimates). The national per capita consumption of edible oils and fats is 14 kg per annum, which is substantially lower than the world average of 20 kg per annum. While in developed countries the figure is 35 kg per annum. India’s per capita consumption is expected to increase in future and that too substantially. India is estimated to have spent over $10 billion on the imports of edible oil, making it the third-biggest import item after crude oil and gold.

In textile sector good news for India is that due to rising labour costs, China is gradually losing its competitive edge.

For several years, India has enjoyed the position of being the second largest producer exporter of textiles in the world largest being China. The good news for India is that due to rising labour costs, China is gradually losing its competitive edge. Other factors contributing to the downfall of China’s textile exports include appreciating currency value, rising material & energy costs and a high focus on the domestic market. The decline in China’s market share in textiles provides an opportunity for India to excel in this sector.The Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme is anticipated to render a growth of 11.5 percent in cloth production, 15 percent in value exports and an additional employment of almost 15.81 million workers.

Vision Document projects Indian textile and apparel exports to grow from $39 billion to $300 billion by 2025.

India is the world’s second - largest textile producer after China. It has a large raw material base and Capable of producing a wide variety of textiles and end products. India has one of the most cost competitive textile manufacturing base for all types of products across the entire value chain. Labour cost in India is lower than most of the competing countries except Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya. Although power cost is on the higher side but still cheaper than China and Cambodia. Buyers look at India as the next alternative of China as it offers big domestic market, better adherence to compliance and political stability. Government of India, National Textile Policy, vision Document projects Indian textile and apparel exports to grow from $39 billion to $300 billion by 2025.