HDFC said it has completed the issuance of masala bonds aggregating Rs 3300 crore (Rs 2000 crore issue plus green shoe option) on Friday, 24 March 2017. The bonds issue received a strong response from 29 investors across Asia and Europe.
The aggregate demand for the transaction was 2.16 times at Rs 4315 crore. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 24 March 2017.
The issue size is Rs 3300 crore with a yield of 7.35% per annum payable semi-annually. The maturity date of bonds is 30 April 2020.
Reliance Industries (RIL) said that the Securities and Exchanges Board of India (Sebi) has uploaded in its website its order in the matter relating to trading in RPL shares by RIL in November 2007. The trades in RPL shares which were examined by Sebi were genuine and bona fide transactions, RIL said. These were carried out keeping the best interest of the company and its shareholders, in view, it added.
RIL said that Sebi appears to have misconstrued the true nature of the transactions and imposed unjustifiable sanctions.
RIL said it is in the process of consulting its legal advisors. It proposes to prefer an appeal and challenge the order in Securities Appellate Tribunal. RIL said it remains confident of fully justifying the veracity of the transactions and vindicating its stand.
RIL said that it has full confidence in the judicial process and it proposes to vigorously exercise all options available to it to challenge the untenable findings in the order. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 24 March 2017.
Coal India will be in focus. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found Coal India (CIL) and its subsidiaries to be in contravention of the provisions of Section 4(2)(a)(i) of the Competition Act, 2002 for imposing unfair/discriminatory conditions in Fuel Supply Agreements (FSAs) with the power producers for supply of non-coking coal.
The final order has been passed on a batch of informations filed by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation against Coal India and its subsidiaries (Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd., Western Coalfields Ltd., South Eastern Coalfields Ltd.).
The order has been passed by CCI pursuant to the directions issued by Competition Appellate Tribunal remanding the matter back while setting aside the original order of CCI in which a penalty of Rs 1773.05 crore had been imposed upon CIL. After hearing the parties afresh in terms of the directions issued by Competition Appellate Tribunal, CCI held that CIL through its subsidiaries operates independently of market forces and enjoys dominance in the relevant market of production and supply of non-coking coal in India.
CCI noted in the order that CIL did not evolve/ draft/ finalize the terms and conditions of FSAs through a bilateral process and the same were imposed upon the buyers through a unilateral conduct. CCI found CIL and its subsidiaries to be in contravention of the provisions of Section 4(2)(a)(i) of the Competition Act, 2002 for imposing unfair/ discriminatory conditions in FSAs with the power producers for supply of non-coking coal.
Apart from issuing a cease and desist order against CIL and its subsidiaries, CCI has directed modification of FSAs in light of the findings and observations recorded in the order. The impugned clauses related to sampling and testing procedure, charging transportation and other expenses for supply of ungraded coal from the buyers, capping compensation for supply of stones etc.
For effecting the modifications in FSAs, CIL has been ordered to consult all the stakeholders. CIL has also been directed to ensure uniformity between old and new power producers as well as between private and PSU power producers.
Further, CCI has imposed a penalty of Rs 591.01 crore upon CIL for the abusive conduct. While reducing penalty, CCI noted the steps taken by CIL to improve the sampling procedure even post-passing of the original order by CCI.
However, while holding the extant sampling procedure as unfair, CIL has been directed to incorporate suitable modifications in fuel supply agreements to provide for a fair and equitable sampling and testing procedure besides considering the feasibility of sampling at the unloading-end in consultation with power producers and adopting international best practices. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 24 March 2017.
ITC will be in focus. Government through specified undertaking of the Unit Trust of India (SUUTI) has divested 2% shares of the total shares of ITC to LIC through block trade on 7 March, 2017. Government has received an amount of Rs 6682 crore from this transaction.
Disinvestment of Government of India equity is under taken as per the disinvestment policy of the GoI keeping in view the resource requirement of the Government and the prevailing market condition.
This was stated by Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Friday, 24 March 2017.
HCL Technologies said MillerCoors, LLC, a client of the company has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the company and HCL America Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the company.
MillerCoors allegations under the complaint is that HCL did not deliver an enterprise software project as per the agreed timelines. The specific project started in December 2013 and ended in June 2016. The company continues to have a good business relationship with MillerCoors. The company has other ongoing projects with MillerCoors running smoothly.
The company is in discussions with MillerCoors to resolve this matter amicably. The project in consideration has already ended and the company is not expecting any adverse financial impact of the same for Q4 March 2017. The company issued the clarification on Saturday, 25 March 2017 with regards to news appearing in the media.
Bank of Maharashtra announced that its board of directors at a meeting held on 24 March 2017 approved the proposal of raising of equity capital upto Rs 300 crore by way of preferential allotment in favour of Government of India. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 24 March 2017.
Music Broadcast, subsidiary of Jagran Prakashan has commenced broadcast from its radio station at Patna (which was acquired under Phase III auctions held last financial year). The frequency for Patna location is 91.1 F.M. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 24 March 2017.
Reliance Capital announced completion of transfer of its commercial finance division - Reliance Commercial Finance (RCFL) - into a separate wholly owned subsidiary. The company had announced the transfer of its Commercial Finance division into a separate subsidiary on 25 February 2016, subject to requisite Regulatory, High Court and Reliance Capital shareholders' approvals, which have since been received.
RCFL is amongst the leading SME lenders in the Indian non-banking finance space with a focus on asset backed lending and productive asset creation. The Commercial Finance division has an aggregate asset under management (including securitized portfolio) portfolio of Rs 16191 crore ($2.4 billion) as of 31 December 2016.
Anmol Ambani, ED, Reliance Capital said Reliance Commercial Finance now stands as a fully owned subsidiary of Reliance Capital. This completes the restructuring process as Reliance Capital moves to become a Core Investment Company from next fiscal.
This transfer will align RCFL with the overall operating structure of Reliance Capital wherein all operating businesses are held either as wholly owned or majority owned subsidiaries. The proposal will enhance management focus and provide flexibility to the company to unlock value through stake sale.
Reliance Nippon Life Insurance and Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management, both subsidiaries of Reliance Capital, already have a strategic partner - Nippon Life Insurance - with 49% stake in each business.
The transfer will also enhance employee engagement and retention through ability to grant ESOPs in the business. The transfer, pursuant to the Scheme of Arrangement, will be effective from 1 April 2016. Reliance Capital would be applying to the RBI for registering itself as a Core Investment Company (CIC) and expects to become a CIC soon, subject to necessary approvals. The announcement was made after market hours on Friday, 24 March 2017.