Airtel and Voda Idea in talks to turn fibre JV into infra investment trust

The move is aimed at reducing debt to free up cash to compete with Reliance Jio Infocomm..

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are in advanced talks to turn their proposed optic fibre network joint entity into an infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) that can attract long-term investors. The move is aimed at reducing debt to free up cash to compete with Reliance Jio Infocomm.

“The two companies are likely to announce their optic fibre combined entity by the end of this month which will be an InvIT since it has many benefits such as pushing some debt off the books of the two telcos,” said a person aware of discussions between the phone companies. “The InvIT structure is also an attractive proposition for investors such as global pension funds given the regular income and the tax benefits on the income.”

InvITs are trusts that manage income-generating infrastructure assets, similar to mutual funds, that enable participation by individual and institutional investors in return for a portion of the income.

Under the proposed merger, Vodafone Idea’s 156,000 route km of optic fibre and Airtel’s 246,000 km will result in a network of 400,000 route km, more than Mukesh Ambani-owned Jio’s 300,000 km. The Airtel-Vodafone Idea optic fibre entity is valued at Rs 35,000-40,000 crore.
“While the share in the entity will be proportionate to the assets the two sides bring, giving a larger share to Airtel, both partners are likely to have equal rights,” the person cited above added. As reported earlier by ET, Vodafone Idea had been pushing for equal rights on the basis that it had more fibre in metros and category A towns.

While Bharti Airtel has already transferred its optic fibre assets into a wholly-owned unit, Vodafone Idea said on Saturday its shareholders and creditors had approved a proposal to transfer its optic fibre assets to a wholly-owned subsidiary, Vodafone Towers. That will pave the way for the optical fibre merger with Bharti Airtel.
Vodafone Idea’s leadership had earlier said that the company will explore all possible options to optimize the fibre assets.

Bharti Airtel declined to comment while Vodafone Idea didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
“Approval of assets to InvITs potentially deleverages the balance sheet and creates an income stream for the unit holders arising from future rentals that the optic fibre company would receive from the telecom company,” said tax expert Ketan Dalal, managing partner at Katalyst Advisors. “This is possibly a key advantage of transfer to InvITs.”

The moves come close on the heels of Jio transferring its tower and fibre assets to two special purpose vehicles (SPVs) owned by Sebi-registered InvITs. In April, Jio’s parent Reliance Industries (RIL) announced the two trusts had acquired 51% each in Jio’s fibre and tower units — Jio Digital Fibre (JDFPL) and Reliance Jio Infratel (RJIPL). The trusts are sponsored by RIL’s 100% subsidiary, Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings (RIIHL).

The new structure helped Jio slash debt on its books by Rs 1.07 lakh crore to Rs 65,000 crore in the quarter ended March by transferring this to the InvITs. Similarly, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea are expected to transfer proportionate debt from their balance sheets to the InvIT.

Bharti Airtel, which posted an operating loss of Rs 89.8 crore before interest and taxes for its India operations for the quarter ended March, recorded net debt of Rs 1.08 lakh crore, driving up finance costs. Vodafone Idea posted a net loss of 4,878.3 crore for the quarter and recorded a net debt of Rs 1.18 lakh crore.

DHFL pays Rs 962 cr towards non-convertible debentures within cure period

The company added that since September 2018, it has managed to make liabilities payment of over Rs 36,000 crore without availing of any fresh funding from any lender

Crisis-hit mortgage lender Dewan Housing Finance, who had defaulted on interest payment on non-convertible debentures (NCDs), informed the stock exchanges on Tuesday that it has paid off its interest obligation worth Rs 962 crore within the seven-day cure period.

“The company has made interest payments in lieu of Rs 961 crore as committed to its debenture holders. With this tranche, the company confirms full payment and will seek rating upgrades from agencies,” the company said in a media statement.

The company added that since September 2018, it has managed to make liabilities payment of over Rs 36,000 crore without availing of any fresh funding from any lender. Also, they are committed to meeting all future debt servicing obligations in a timely manner, through further asset monetisation plans as well as onboarding of a strategic partner for its business.

DHFL had also paid about Rs 45 crore in interest and principal on certain debt instruments a day before. The company had reiterated its commitment to pay its dues within the seven-day cure period even as the credit rating agencies downgraded its commercial papers worth Rs 850 crore to default grade.

The company was expecting Rs 2,300 crore from buyers of its retail assets in Aadhar and Avanse. This, along with the securitisation of its retail lending, assets might have been used to pay off the debt.

After having met its debt obligation, the company’s main focus would be to rescale its business.

Things started going downhill for the mortgage lender when IL&FS in September 2018 defaulted on its debt obligations because of huge asset liability mismatch and fear crept in the minds of investors that housing finance companies such as DHFL and may also default on their debt obligations. Shares of DHFL tanked, despite the management ensuring everything was all right and that it was meeting all debt obligations.

Because of liquidity constraints after the IL&FS default, disbursal of loans by mortgage lenders fell drastically. Disbursal of DHFL in Q3 of FY19 saw a 95 per cent decline as it disbursed merely Rs 510 crore. In Q4, the situation worsened for DHFL with allegations levelled against the promoters of the company of siphoning off funds by an online portal resulting in an internal audit of the firm by an independent auditor.

Rumour-mongering hitting Reliance Group’s interests, says Anil Ambani

Says committed to meeting all debt servicing obligations in a timely manner

Anil Ambani, the chairman of debt-ridden Reliance Group, on Tuesday blamed “unwarranted rumour-mongering” for the sharp fall in shares of his group firms in recent weeks and said he was committed to meeting “all future debt servicing obligations in a timely manner”.

Ambani said his group had paid Rs 35,000 crore to the lenders in the 14 months between April 2018 and May 2019, largely by selling assets. “Further asset monetisation plans are at various stages of implementation,” he added.

Regulatory bodies and courts, on the other hand, had not passed any final adjudication orders on the group’s claims aggregating over Rs 30,000 crore, due for five to 10 years to various group companies, especially Reliance Infrastructure and Reliance Power and their affiliates, he said.

Ambani’s remarks come in the backdrop of the invocation of pledged shares by the lenders, impairments taken for its power company, and a delay in results announcement for its infrastructure arm. The payments made to the lenders are Rs 24,800 crore in principal and Rs 10,600 crore in interest.

In a conference call on Tuesday, Ambani pointed out that during the entire period, lenders from all categories —whether banks, mutual funds, insurance companies, provident funds or NBFCs — provided zero net additional liquidity or debt to any entity of Reliance Group.

He said unwarranted rumour-mongering, speculation, and bear hammering of all Reliance Group companies shares over the last few weeks had “caused grave damage to all our stakeholders”.

As of March 2018, the group’s consolidated debt stood at Rs 1.72 trillion. The figures as of March 2019 are not available as group companies like Reliance Infrastructure are yet to declare results for Q4FY19.

Analysts, however, remain skeptical. “One should not get carried away with these statements of debt reduction. Two group companies — RNaval and RPower — having reported FY19 numbers have not shown any debt reduction and have posted total loss of Rs 13,000 crore, with both having debt of over Rs 45,000 crore,” said SP Tulsian, chief executive officer (CEO) for

He added, “One should wait for the audited accounts of other companies for FY19 to see the debt reduction. In addition, with more than Rs 1.5 trillion debt as of September 30, 2018, Rs 35,000 crore debt reduction is not a significant task, which has been done with asset monetisation and not out of profit.”

Part of the asset monetisation that the group undertook in the last 14 months includes sale of its Mumbai power distribution business to Adani Electricity for Rs 12,700 crore in August 2018, sale of a road asset to Cube Highways for Rs 3,600 crore and a large part of its radio business to Music Broadcast for Rs 1,050 crore. The group’s commercial and home finance business also securitised its assets (loans given out) for Rs 8,000 crore.

Ambani did not take any media questions. Reliance Group Executives did not share the break-up for the Rs 35,000 crore repaid in the last 14 months. It is not clear if the road asset sale has been completed. For the radio business sale, the group has received Rs 250 crore so far.

Public and private sector bank executives said difficulties in dealing with the group continued. Banks worry about the group’s capability to repay in the absence of clear visibility of cash flows from businesses.

MJ project gets approval; RIL, BP to invest Rs 35,000 cr in KG basin

Gas production from KG D6 integrated development is expected to help reduce India’s import dependence

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) and its partner BP Plc on Tuesday announced the sanction of the MJ project in the KG D6 block off the east coast of India. The three new projects by these companies are expected to get investments to the tune of Rs 35,000 crore.

MJ (also known as D55) is the third of the three new projects in the Block KG D6 integrated development plan. Its approval follows sanctions for the development of “R-Series” deep-water gas fields in June 2017 and for the Satellites cluster in April 2018.

The three projects are together expected to develop a total of about 3 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of discovered gas resources with a total investment of Rs 35,000 crore ($5 billion).

These projects together, when fully developed, will bring about 1 billion cubic feet a day of new domestic gas on stream, phased over 2020-2022.

According to industry sources, the use of existing infrastructure in the KG basin by the companies is expected to save at least $1.5 billion for the three projects.

Government sources said the RIL projects, along with ONGC discoveries, are expected to increase the natural gas production in India to 71.92 billion cubic meter (bcm) by 2021-22, from a mere 35.07 bcm now.

Gas production from KG D6 integrated development is expected to help reduce India’s import dependence and amount to over 10 per cent of the country’s projected gas demand in 2022.

Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of RIL, said: “Bringing these three discoveries to production, as promised in 2017, by leveraging the existing infrastructure has been the primary objective of the Reliance-BP joint venture.”

He added that this will add to the increasing demand for clean fuel in the country, save foreign exchange, and reduce dependency on imported gas.

Of the three projects, the R-Series is in the execution phase.

All six wells have been drilled and gas from this project is on schedule and expected by mid-2020. MJ is expected to begin production in mid-2022, said RIL.

Bob Dudley, chief executive, BP Group, welcomed the investment decision. “We are building an important upstream business in India, helping supply the country’s growing gas market,” he said

Dudley added, “Working closely with Reliance, we are efficiently developing discovered resources, with focused exploration to give options for the future. This latest investment is a further demonstration of BP’s commitment to India and helps support India in addressing the dual challenge and moving to a low-carbon future.”

Amazon dethrones Apple and Google as world’s most valuable global brand

The top ten companies were once again dominated by US firms, with Apple on $309.5 billion, Google on $309 billion and Microsoft on $251 billion

US retail giant Amazon has moved past hi-tech titans Apple and Google to become the world’s most valuable brand, a key survey showed Tuesday.

The brand value of Amazon surged by 52 per cent to $315 billion, global market research agency Kantar said in its 2019 100 Top BrandZ report. Amazon jumped from third to first place to eclipse Google — which slid from first to third place with Apple holding on to the second spot.

The Seattle-based retail behemoth, founded by Jeff Bezos in his garage in 1994, topped the table thanks to key acquisitions, superior customer services and a disruptive business model, Kantar said in a statement.

“Amazon’s smart acquisitions, that have led to new revenue streams, excellent customer service provision and its ability to stay ahead of its competitors by offering a diverse ecosystem of products and services, have allowed Amazon to continuously accelerate its brand value growth,” said Kantar.

The agency, which is owned by British advertising group WPP, added that Amazon showed “little sign” of any slowdown in its growth.

The top ten companies were once again dominated by US firms, with Apple on $309.5 billion, Google on $309 billion and Microsoft on $ 251 billion.

Payments specialist Visa had the fifth biggest value at almost $178 billion, while social networking group Facebook was the sixth largest at nearly $159 billion.

For the first time, Alibaba beat Tencent to become the most valuable Chinese brand.

E-commerce leader Alibaba was the seventh biggest at $131.2 billion, up two places on the previous year.

Internet giant Tencent fell three spots to stand at number eight with a value of $130.9 billion.

In a sign of Asia’s growing importance, 23 of the top 100 brands were Asian — including 15 from China.

The leading brands have embraced “disruptive” business models to beat traditional rivals in the technology, finance and retail sectors.

“Amazon’s phenomenal brand value growth of almost $108 billion in the last year demonstrates how brands are now less anchored to individual categories and regions,” said Doreen Wang, Kantar’s global head of BrandZ.

“The boundaries are blurring as technology fluency allow brands, such as Amazon, Google and Alibaba, to offer a range of services across multiple consumer touchpoints.

“Using their consumer experience and expertise, these brands are crossing over into the business services sector, creating new opportunities for brand growth.

“Disruptive ecosystem models are flourishing in regions such as Asia, where consumers are more technology-enabled and where brands are integrating themselves into every aspect of people’s daily lives.” Brand value on the key survey is calculated on the basis of the companies’ financial performance and their standing among consumers across the globe.

Timken India Ltd.

Timken India Ltd.
Industrial Machinery
FV – Rs 10; 52wks H/L – 783.90/495.85; TTQ – 639 Lacs; CMP – 674 (As On June 12th, 2019);                      
Market Cap – Rs 5069.37 Crs


Timken India Ltd.
Company Equity Capital Net Worth Long Term Debt Total Sales PAT FV BV EPS P/E P/BV Industry P/E Promoter’s Holdings Beta
Rs Cr. Rs Cr. Rs Cr. Rs Cr. Rs Cr. Rs Rs Rs %
2019 75.2 1341 0 1664 148.6 10.0 178.3 19.8 34.1 3.8 31.1 67.8 1.1
2018 68.0 702 0 1251.77 91.99 10 103.3 13.5 49.8 6.5 31.1 75.0 1.1

Consolidated Financials and Valuations (Amt in Rs Crs unless specified)



Chairman & Managing Director

Mr. Sanjay Koul


Mr. P. S. Dasgupta

Mrs. Rupa Mahanty

Mr. Bushen Lal Raina

Mr. Ajay K Das

Mr. Avishrant Keshava



  • Timken is a world-leading manufacturer of bearings and mechanical power transmission products, continuously improving its portfolio and related services to make global industries stronger.
  • They plan to be the global leader in bearings and mechanical power transmission, continually improving performance, reliability and efficiency.
  • The Timken Company designs a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and power transmission products. With more than a century of knowledge and innovation, they continuously improve the reliability and efficiency of global machinery and equipment to move the world forward.
  • They have state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Jamshedpur and Raipur to serve local bearing market needs and beyond.


Major Non Promoter Holdings:

Non – Promoters No. of Shares held % shares held
Bodies Corporate 3921195 5.21
Sundaram Mutual Fund 1390000 1.85
HDF Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd. 1200000 1.6



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1. 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 19,110 equity shares on 12.06.2019 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.

2. Scrip code : 514474
Name : Fair Deal Filaments Ltd.
Subject : Board Meeting Intimation for Allotment Of Shares Pursuant To Scheme Of Merger By Absorption Of Fairdeal Filaments Limited By Shahlon Silk Industries Limited.
FAIR DEAL FILAMENTS LTD.-$has informed BSE that the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company is scheduled on 17/06/2019 ,inter alia, to consider and approve 1. To issue and allot 1 Equity Share of Shahlon Silk Industries Limited (SSIL) to the Shareholders of Fairdeal Filaments Limited (FFL) for every 0.90 Equity Share held, whose name appears on the Register of Members of Fairdeal Filaments Limited on the Record Date i.e. 14th June, 2019 pursuant to Scheme of Merger by Absorption of Fairdeal Filaments Limited by Shahlon Silk Industries Limited vide NCLT Order dated 10th May, 2019. Further, the total no. of new shares to be issued and allotted by SSIL to the Equity Shareholders of FFL may vary from the total number of shares on account of fractional entitlement as mentioned above and as per clause 8.8, 8.9 and 8.10 of the Scheme of Merger. 2. Any other Matter with the permission of the chair.

3. Scrip code : 532636
Subject : Composite Scheme Of Arrangement – Demerger Of IIFL Securities Limited (‘ISL’) And IIFL Wealth Management Limited (‘IWML’)
This is in reference to our earlier intimation dated May 15, 2019 about the Record Date in relation to the above. In this regard, we would like to inform that as per the Scheme ISL has allotted 1 (One) fully paid up Equity Share of Rs. 2/- each of ISL for every 1 (one) fully paid up Equity Shares of Rs. 2/- each held by shareholders of IIFL Finance Limited (‘IIFL Finance’) (Erstwhile IIFL Holdings Limited) and IWML has allotted 1(one) fully paid up Equity Shares of Rs. 2/- each of IWML for every 7 (Seven) fully paid up Equity Shares of Rs. 2/- each held by the shareholders of IIFL Finance on June 06, 2019. The credit of the said shares has been completed into the Demat Account of the shareholders. For the shareholders holding physical share certificates, the share certificates of ISL and IWML will be dispatched in due course. We request you to take this on record and oblige.

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

5. Scrip code : 538564
Name : James Warren Tea Limited
Subject : Updates on Buyback Offer (Letter of Offer)
VC Corporate Advisors Private Limited (“Manager to Buyback Offer”) has submitted to BSE a copy of Letter of Offer for the attention of the Equity Shareholders / Beneficial Owners of Equity Shares of James Warren Tea Ltd (“Target Company”).

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

7. Scrip code : 535602
Name : Sharda Motor Industries Ltd
Subject : Announcement under Regulation 30 (LODR)-Updates on Joint Venture
In furtherance to our Letter No. SMIL: BSE/NSE: 19-20/1604, dated 16th April, 2019, whereby we have intimated that in pursuance of Joint Venture (JV) Agreement the Company has purchased its 50% share (5,000 shares of Rs. 10 each) in the proposed JV Company i.e. Exhaust Technology Private Limited (ETPL) and an equal stake shall be brought by the Eberspaecher Exhaust Technology International GmbH (JV Partner or EET) in due course of time, the Company do hereby submit that JV Partner acquired / bought its 50% share (5,000 shares of Rs. 10 each) in ETPL, accordingly the ETPL becomes the JV Company of EET and Sharda Motor Industries Limited. This is for your information and records.