Auto companies slam brakes on production

Car and two-wheeler cos to shut plants for several days this quarter to reduce unsold inventory.

India’s top manufacturers of passenger vehicles and two-wheelers have announced factory shutdowns stretching over several days in the ongoing quarter, which could help them reduce unsold inventory in a weak market but make it tough for the automobile industry to achieve its production and growth targets.

More than half a million passenger vehicles worth $5 billion (nearly Rs 35,000 crore) are lying unsold in dealerships at the beginning of June. In the two-wheeler segment, the number is as high as 3 million, valued at about $2.5 billion.

Seven of the top 10 passenger vehicle makers, including Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra, have announced plant shutdowns between May and June. While some have completed the process, ongoing or scheduled to happen in the coming days for the others.

“What’s the point in producing and pushing stock when the offtake is weak. We have calibrated our production based on demand in May and we will do so in June too,” said Mayank Pareek, president of the passenger vehicle division at Tata Motors.

According to an analysis by ET, the shutdowns are likely to reduce the industry output by 20-25% in the May-June period, which in turn will ease the pressure on the cramped stockyards at factories as well as dealerships. In fact, the dealers are the worst- hit by the inventory that is as much as 50% more than normal, as they have to pay GST on even the unsold vehicles.

Maruti, Mahindra and Tata Motors suspended production for several days in May. These automakers, along with Honda Cars India, Renault-Nissan Alliance and Skoda Auto, plan another round of shutdowns for four to 10 days this month for scheduled maintenance.

Central Bank to raise Rs 5,000 cr this fiscal to meet Basel III norms

Lender plans rights issue, FPO as part of fund raising exercise; says it will be requiring capital to meet prescribed capital adequacy ratio on ongoing basis

Central Bank of India (CBI) is planning to raise up to Rs 5,000 crore in the current fiscal through various means, including rights issue and FPO, to meet Basel III norms by March 2020.

The bank will raise capital through follow on public offer, rights issue or qualified institutional placement (QIP) and will seek permission from shareholders in the ensuing annual general meeting to be held on June 28, it said in its annual report 2018-19.

It will create, offer and allot such number of equity shares up to the value of Rs 5,000 crore, whether at a discount or premium to the market price, in one or more tranches, it said.

As per the Basel III regulations, Central Bank said it will be required to maintain minimum common equity tier-I ratio of 5.50 per cent and capital conservation buffer of 2.50 per cent in the form of equity capital, and tier-I ratio of 9.50 per cent and overall CRAR (capital to risk weighted assets ratio) of 11.50 per cent by March 31, 2020.

“The Bank will be requiring capital to meet the prescribed capital adequacy ratio (CAR) on ongoing basis. Therefore, your directors have decided to raise equity capital up to Rs 5,000 crore through various modes such as – Follow-on-Public Issue, Rights Issue, Private Placement including qualified institutions placements,” said the report.

The capital will be utilised for the general business purposes, the bank said.

The lender registered a widening of its net loss at Rs 5,641 crore during 2018-19 as against Rs 5,105 crore in the preceding fiscal due to high level of bad loans and provisions for them.

Whereas, the gross non-performing loans stood at 19.29 per cent at the end of March 2019, the net bad loans ratio stood at 7.73 per cent. In 2017-18, the gross bad loans were 21.48 per cent, while net NPAs were 11.10 per cent.

Total income during 2018-19 also fell to Rs 25,052 crore as compared to Rs 26,659 crore a year ago.

Due to high net NPA and negative return on assets, the RBI had put the lender under its prompt corrective action (PCA) framework in June 2017.

“Bank believes that corrective measures arising out of the PCA will help in improving overall performance of the bank,” it said in the report.

It also said NPA management is the core focus areas and it will cut down bad loans through cash recovery, upgradation, compromise settlement.

It will also employ other recovery measures, including sale of NPA accounts to asset reconstruction companies, resolution through NCLT/IBC, recovery in written-off accounts as well as speeding up recovery process through DRTs in time-bound manner.

“Asset quality continued to be the major concern of the banking industry in general and particularly in the bank for last 3-4 years. By putting concerted efforts, we were able to make cash recovery and upgradation of Rs 5,656 crore in 2018-19 as against Rs 3,122 crore in 2017-18.

“We expect resolution of certain big NPA accounts through National Company Law Tribunal under IBC during 2019-20. We shall continue to have focused efforts to maximise NPA recovery, improve asset quality and earn net profit during the year 2019-20,” Central Bank of India MD and CEO Pallav Mohapatra said.

With more rating cuts in sight, NBFCs’ cost of funding may rise

Only specific solutions to rescue the sector can stem the panic and stop a contagion: Expert

The Reserve Bank of India may have cut interest rates thrice this year, but that’s no respite for NBFCs which are facing crisis of confidence. Cost of funding for a majority of them may be set to jump with more rating downgrades in sight amid no bailout from the RBI.

The Monetary Policy Committee of RBI has cut repo rate by 25 basis points last week and changes its stance on liquidity from neutral to accommodative.

“Due to risk aversion by larger market segment of investors class specially institutional side, credit spread for more leveraged ones and non AAA NBFC may widen and miss the advantage of rate cuts,” said Ajay Manglunia MD and head institutional fixed income at JM Financial Products Limited.

Post rate cut and change of stand from neutral to accommodative, the rates have rallied and yields down by 8-10 bps. This kind of rally may continue and gain moment in down side post budget with improvement in flows from foreign portfolio investors.

RBI has assured of maintaining adequate system liquidity. With 21 basis points decline in the weighted average lending rate on fresh rupee loans since January, the central bank felt monetary policy transmission has been faster than earlier.

“A more focused approach is needed to address issues in NBFC and Housing Finance, failing which transmission of lower rates to end-borrowers may not happen fast enough,” said Mihir Vora, director, Max Life Insurance.

Though no specific measure was announced to provide immediate relief to the troubled NBFC sector, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said they will do whatever it takes to ensure financial stability of the system.

“Specific and targeted solutions to rescue these besieged sectors alone can stem the panic and stop a further contagion,” said Ajay Bodke, CEO and Chief Portfolio Manager, Prabhudas Lilladher.

Eros Media shares hit fresh all-time low 

Eros Media shares tanked 10 per cent to Rs 40.95 and hit its lower circuit limit.

Shares of Eros International NSE -10.00 % Media hit a fresh all-time low in Monday’s session and looked on course to extend their losing streak into the fourth consecutive session.

The stock tanked 10 per cent to Rs 40.95 and hit its lower circuit limit. In the last four sessions, the stock has come off 38 per cent.

Shares of the company have been falling since last Tuesday. On Wednesday, rating company CARENSE 0.17 % cut its creditworthiness, citing delays or likely defaults in serving debt availed from banks.

CARE lowered the long-term loan facilities to ‘D’ or default from BBB-, a plunge in grades by several notches reminiscent of the sharp downgrades at infrastructure conglomerate IL&FS. The downgrade is likely to hit the company’s fundraising plans.

Even as Eros was making efforts to assuage investor concerns, a US-based forensic financial research firm said much of the receivables that the company had claimed might not be existing, and accused its promoters of engaging in “highly irregular related party transactions” which “appear designed to hide receivables”.

As per an ET report, Hindenburg Research’s June 7 report said the company’s auditors, Grant Thornton, failed to apply “even basic scrutiny to Eros’ financials”, and said “the price of both the BSE and NYSE stock (of the company) to end up worthless, barring some sort of bailout from a friend of Eros’s leadership”.

A Grant Thornton India spokesperson told ET that it was a short seller’s report and that it was examining its contents.

However, Eros chairman Kishore Lulla said there was no truth in the allegations and that the company was seeking advice on legal action against the research firm.

Both Grant Thornton and Lulla said the allegations were similar to those raised in a previous short-seller report and found to be without substance after an investigation.

Daily Bulletin (10th June, 2019)

There are no current notifications of our companies on this date.

1. Scrip code : 535755
Name : Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited
Subject : Announcement under Regulation 30 (LODR)-Acquisition
Dear Sir/ Madam, We wish to inform you that the Board of Directors of the Company, at its meeting held today i.e. on Friday, June 10, 2019, have approved entering into a Share Purchase Agreement with the existing Shareholders of “Jaypore E-Commerce Private Limited”, a B2B entity which sells ethnic fashion merchandise under its own brand “Jaypore” and of other third-party brands. The Board also approved entering into a Share Purchase Agreement with the existing Shareholders of “TG Apparel & Decor Private Limited”, a B2C entity which retails ethnic fashion, both online and offline. The above is subject to receipt of necessary statutory approvals, if any and customary closing conditions, which are expected to get completed in 30-45 days.

2. Scrip code : 531223
Name : Anjani Synthetics Limited
Subject : Announcement under Regulation 30 (LODR)-Acquisition
With Reference to above mentioned subject, please note that ANITA VASUDEV AGARWAL has purchased 24,506 equity shares on 10.06.2019 of Anjani Synthetics Limited, a Company registered under the Companies act, 1956, having its registered office at 221 (Maliya) New Cloth Market, Ahmedabad-380002. Please find enclosed herewith Annexure the Disclosure as per Regulation 29(2) of SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011 We request you to take the above information on your records. Kindly acknowledge the receipt.

3. Scrip code : 533181
Name : Intrasoft Technologies Limited
Subject : Announcement under Regulation 30 (LODR)-Updates on Acquisition
Purchase of Shares by Members of Promoter/Promoter Group

4. Scrip code : 542323
Name : K.P.I. Global Infrastructure Limited
Subject : Announcement under Regulation 30 (LODR)-Acquisition
K.P.I. Global Infrastructure Limited has acquired 100% equity shares of Sun Drops Energia Private Limited, Surat (‘SPV’) on June 10, 2019, which was registered with Registrar of Companies, Gujarat on May 28, 2019.

5. Scrip code : 532889
Name : K.P.R. Mill Ltd.
Subject : Corporate Action-Intimation of Buy back
Public Announcement for Buyback of Equity shares of the Company in Financial Express, Jansatta and Makkal Kural Newspapers dt 10.06.2019

6. Scrip code : 524250
Name : Lalit Polymers & Electronics Ltd.
Subject : Fund Raising by Issuance of Debt Securities by Large entities
Lalit Polymers & Electronics Ltd has informed BSE that with reference to SEBI Circular SEBI/HO/DDHS/CIR/P/2018/144 dated November 26, 2018, the Company – Lalit Polymers & Electronics Ltd is “Not a Large Corporate” as per the framework provided in the aforesaid Circular.

7. Scrip code : 513023
Name : Nava Bharat Ventures Ltd
Subject : Corporate Action-Updates on Buy back
Sub: Information regarding the shares bought-back via open market through Stock Exchanges With reference to the subject cited above, we hereby submit the daily report pursuant to Regulation 18(i) of the SEBI (Buy Back of Securities) Regulations, 2018 regarding equity shares bought back by Nava Bharat Ventures Limited on June 10, 2019

8. Scrip code : 539450
Name : S H Kelkar and Company Limited
Subject : Announcement under Regulation 30 (LODR)-Updates on Acquisition
The Board has approved acquisition of remaining equity stake of Creative Flavours and Fragrances (CFF)

9. Scrip code : 539450
Name : S H Kelkar and Company Limited
Subject : The Board Has Approved Buyback Of 33,00,000 Equity Shares Of The Company And Acquisition Of Remaining Equity Shake Of Creative Flavours And Fragrances (CFF)
The Board has approved buyback of 33,00,000 equity shares of the Company and acquisition of remaining equity shake of Creative Flavours and Fragrances (CFF)

10. Scrip code : 530075
Name : Selan Exploration Technology Ltd.
Subject : Announcement under Regulation 30 (LODR)-Daily Buy Back of equity shares
Daily Buyback Reporting

11. Scrip code : 526117
Name : Shervani Industrial syndicate Ltd
Subject : Corporate Action-Buy back
Pursuant to provisions of Regulation 11(iii) and 24(iv) of the SEBI (Buyback of Securities)Regulations, 2018, we would like to inform that the Company has extinguished 4,15,000 fully paid up equity shares of Rs. 10/- each in dematerialized form consequent to conclusion of Buyback of 4,15,000 equity shares of the Company.