The housing societies in Mumbai (Bombay) treats (probably the worst minority in the city) the House Seekers - single women (or men) to media professionals, non-vegetarians to non-Hindus, who are looking for a place to rest their head, very Badly; as fewer societies and home-owners are willing to let them.The list of codes one must master to fit the image of the ideal tenant in most of the housing societies in Bombay, are as long enough to compile an anthology even if they don't have a standing in the court of law.

Unfortunately this "SICK Concept", was promoted and is being prompted by the leading political outfits in Bombay.

While the trouble in Mumbai's living spaces is not new, I sincerely ask: What is the current BJP - Shiv Sena - government doing when the basic fundamental rights of Indians are violated..?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Adani Enterprise Ltd: Buy
CMP: Rs.71.35
Target: Rs.91
Period: 30 days
Adani Enterprises Ltd, the flagship company of the Adani Group, came out with a consolidated net profit of Rs.167 crore in the March, 2016 quarter.

The company said that earnings for the quarter and the fiscal year 2015-16 are not comparable with previous corresponding periods due to the demerger of ports, power and transmission businesses from Adani Enterprises from 1 April 2015.

Consolidated total income from operations for the quarter was Rs.10,950 crore. The consolidated total income from operations for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2016 was Rs.44,023 crore. Consolidated profit after tax for FY16 is Rs.1,041 crore.

Gautam Adani, chairman Adani Group, said, “Our portfolio of businesses across mining, Renewable energy and agro vertical benefits from vastly improved macro-economic and regulatory environment. Encouraging policy initiatives particularly in renewable space, enables us to explore new business opportunities in the sector.”

Ameet Desai, CFO, Adani Group and executive director, Adani Enterprises, said, “Our results reflect growth in operating performance across mining, city gas and agro businesses. We have already begun our renewable foray by commencing activities in solar generation.”

Also, U.S. crude oil prices rose to a new 2016 high in on expectations that continued supply disruptions would help reduce the oversupply of crude. 

Citigroup analysts said that the worst is over for the oil market, as a slowdown in production is setting prices up for a steeper rebound than predicted at the beginning of the year; Citi sees Brent reaching $50/bbl in Q3 “if not earlier,” before climbing to ~$65 by the end of 2017, and forecasts WTI will hit $50 by year-end 2016 and $61 by the close of next year.

“In Nigeria, Venezuela, Libya and a host of other countries, the threat of disruptions seems to be increasing and not decreasing,” Citi says. “Prices look likely to march forward to the mid-$60 range.”

This is positive for all renewable energy companies like Adani Enterprise Ltd.  

Adani Enterprises Limited is an infrastructure company. The Company deals in coal trading, coal mining, oil and gas exploration, ports, multi-modal logistics, power generation and transmission, and gas distribution. It has already forayed into renewable energy space by commencing operations in solar generation.

Among its various businesses, AEL's mine development and operations (MDO) business at Parsa Kente saw the company extracting and supplying washed coal of 5.5 MMT to RRVUNL in FY'16 as compared to 3 MMT in FY'15.

Under its city gas distribution business, the project implementation work at seven cities under joint venture with Indian Oil Corporation Limited is progressing as per the schedule, the company stated.

AEL recently launched India's first Diabetic care oil under brand "VIVO" for specific target segment under its agro business.

Adani Enterprises massively stepped up its a new renewable energy division over FY2016. 

June 2016 Adani Enterprises will fully commission its new 648 MW solar project in Tamil Nadu – which on commissioning will be the largest solar project in the world (to-date).

Adani Enterprises reports it has established a further 700MW solar and wind project pipeline over the last 12 months. Additionally, Adani has recently signed a joint venture with the Rajasthan government to develop a 10,000MW solar park. Adani Enterprises has also started construction of a greenfield 1.2GW solar module manufacturing facility in Gujarat, due for completion by March 2017.

Moreover, the brother of Gautam Adani, is known to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Punjab National Bank Ltd on path to cut NPAs: MD
Photo: The Economic Times
May 24, 2016: Punjab National Bank Ltd (Rs.71.95) has already recovered Rs.1,800 crore in 54 days of Q1 FY17 against the targeted Rs.5,000 crore in the first quarter, MD and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian said.

“You must see the robustness of the bank. The bank is very solid, otherwise it would not have made Rs.12,000-crore operating profit. We would like to resolve and minimise NPAs,” she said while addressing media persons in Mumbai on Tuesday.

PNB would be cautious about lending to sectors such as steel and textiles, she observed.

She said that the bank was undertaking a cost-cutting exercise and expected to maintain its cost-to-income ratio just above 40% for the next couple of years. 

PNB’s cost-to-income ratio for FY16 stood at 44.94% compared with 46.74% in FY15.

Courtesy: The Hindu Business Line

Monday, May 23, 2016

Engineers India Ltd: Buy
CMP: Rs.177
Target: Rs.185
Period: 7 days

Engineers India Ltd., Navratna public-sector undertaking, will announce its financial results on May 23 for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016.

IIFL estimates the company’s net profit to rise to Rs.91 crore at 46.1% Q-o-Q; however, it is likely to fall 16.7% Y-o-Y.

As per IIFL’s forecast, the company’s net revenue for Q4 FY16 is expected to soar to Rs.429 crore at 16.5% Q-o-Q; however, the same is likely to fall 12.2%,Y-o-Y.

Operating profit margin is likely to come in at 17.5%, with a Q-o-Q rise of 700 bps and 178 bps on a Y-o-Y basis. Not bad results at all. 

Moreover, the daily candle stick chart is giving some indication of the scrip bottoming out. In such circumstances it would be prudent to take position in the share of Engineers India Ltd at the CMP of Rs.177, for a short term target of Rs.185. SL--Rs.175 (strict). 
Do You Know?


Conclusion: The scrip of SBI has more or less bottomed out at the CMP of Rs.170.50. Therefore, BUY the Shares of State Bank of India Ltd at Rs.170.50, for a short term target of over Rs.200. Keep a SL of Rs.167 (sell 50%)--164 (exit) for any short term trade. However, the long term investors should buy and keep holding. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

PNB moves passport authorities to stop defaulters from going abroad
[Editor: The shares of Punjab National Bank  Ltd (Rs.73.30) and State Bank of India Ltd (Rs.173.25) have corrected more than it should have been. The respective Public Sector Banks (PSBs) are doing all their best to recover the bad debts and at the same time they are taking effective measures to clean up their balance sheets. Moreover, NPA does not always mean bad debt, because after 90 days of non-payment of EMIs, an account becomes NPA. These accounts could be revived or the bank with the help of new Bankruptcy law (and/or earlier Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002; also known as the Sarfaesi Act)  can settle the claims within 180 days. 

Besides, lot of negatives have been said on various business channels regarding the merger of five associate banks of State Bank of India: namely State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, and State Bank of Patiala, into itself.

However according to a report published in The Hindu: "The garment exporters and technocrats by and large feel that the absorption of the associate banks would be good for the seekers of higher volumes of loans and for those who look for quicker payments from overseas banks".

“Merger is primarily an excellent idea as sanctioning of term loans and packing credit in large volumes at the level of tier-II and tier-III type of cities/clusters like Tirupur, becomes faster.......technocrats like T. R. Ramanathan, a chartered accountant, say that consolidation would bring down administrative expenditure as so many branches were not required in this technologically advanced banking scenario".

Also, according to a report published on The Economic Times on 18 May, 2016: The State Bank of Mysore does have a lot of assets........the State Bank of Mysore for itself does have a lot of landed property particularly in Bangalore which may on revaluation be worth quite a bit...

In another significant development, according to a news report in Money Control on 17 May, 2016: India's largest lender  State Bank of India   is looking to sell a part of its non-core assets in National Stock Exchange (NSE). SBI along with its subsidiaries have a total of 15 percent stake in NSE. SBI Capital Markets Limited has been appointed as a consultant to the client for advising and managing the proposed disinvestment process. The last date for submission of bid is May 19. The bank expects about Rs 1,000 crore from the stake sale. It may also sell the remaining 10 percent stake in NSE during its listing, the notice said. 

Not only that, according to an article on First Post on 10 May, 2016: The Veteran banker and president of the BRICS-promoted New Development Bank KV Kamath downplayed the NPA threats, saying worries about bad debts are over-blown and that higher growth will ensure that stressed assets turn productive in the short-term.

"I don't understand what the noise is about...My belief is that most NPAs will turn productive in the short run, and not in the long-term," he told reporters on the sidelines of a CII event to encourage trade and innovation ties between India and China here this evening.

Comparing the Indian scenario with China's in the early 2000s, Kamath said at USD 500 billion, non performing assets accounted for 50 per cent of the northern neighbour's GDP at that time and now, have recovered to be among the largest banks in the world.

"We are (NPA numbers) not even 10 per cent of GDP. I think we should make less noise about it," he said, adding that we should not be "freightened by the clean-up that has started".

In case of Punjab National Bank Ltd, the research house Edelweiss is bullish on the stock and has recommended buy rating on the stock with a target price of Rs.120 in its research report dated May 18, 2016.

Another news item published  on 19 May, 2016, by the Business Standard, says the following: 
Banking funds have rallied 17.3 per cent over the past three months (according to category average data from Value Research), compared to the broad market index, Nifty 50, which is up 8.23 per cent. Investors keen to profit from this rally should, however, assess carefully the sector’s fundamentals.   
The current rally in banking, say experts, is part of the broader ‘risk-on’ rally in global markets, following the recovery in commodity prices. The second factor is fund flows. Banking constitutes 25-35 per cent of the major indices. “Whenever fund flows come in, especially from foreign exchange-traded funds (ETFs), a large part of it gets invested in banking stocks,” says V Srivatsa, fund manager, UTI Mutual Fund. Third, the sector’s underperformance before the current rally had made valuations attractive.
Hence the crisis in the PSBs is not as severe, as it is made out to be by some marketmen; who come on various business channels, and parrot the same hackneyed story. Most of these poor fellows neither have any accountability nor any responsibility towards the shareholders. 

Therefore, I feel that instead of paying heed to what they say on Business Channels, it is better that you do your individual researches and come to appropriate conclusions. I am sure your inference will concur with that of mine. 

Moreover, the government of India is contemplating to infuse around Rs.25,000 crore each into public sector banks in Fiscals, 2016 and 2017 and Rs.10,000 crore each in 2018 and 2019. However, he had also made it clear that if more money is required, the government will not shy away from its responsibility.

I would therefore, reiterate that the worst is probably over for the PSBs and the investors can take a 30 days horizon and stay put in these two Blue Chips (apart from Allahabad Bank Ltd; CMP: Rs.51.10) to get at least 20-30% returns on their CMPs]
19 May, 2016: Punjab National Bank (PNB) has turned smarter after l’affaire Vijay Mallya. The public sector lender has started moving the passport authorities to ensure that ‘wilful defaulters’ do not leave the country without the bank’s approval.
PNB has, through the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), ensured that the names of 250 ‘wilful defaulters’ are recorded by the immigration authorities in their systems, Usha Ananthasubramanian, Managing Director and CEO of the bank, said.

Whenever a wilful defaulter goes to immigration for going abroad, the system will automatically throw up a message: “permission required to move abroad”.

Requests have also been made by PNB to the DRT for a similar process in the case of another 500 wilful defaulters, sources said.

In India, neither banks nor civil courts have the power to impound passports and this can be done only by the passport authority under the Passports Act 1967, Amit Vyas, Founder Partner, Vertices Partners, a Mumbai-based law firm, told BusinessLine. Banks, such as PNB, are approaching the DRTs, which then go to the passport authorities to do the needful. In February, PNB had created history of sorts by making public the list of 900 wilful defaulters, including Winsome Diamonds, Zoom Developers and Nafed, which owed ₹11,000 crore to the bank.

Till date, there are over 7,000 deliberate and wilful defaulters who owe ₹60,000 crore to banks.

Meanwhile, sources said PNB was unlikely to accept any offer from liquor baron Mallya that does not involve full payment of the dues. “PNB view is he (Mallya) has to pay the money in full,” a top bank official said.

Mallya has reportedly made a new settlement offer to consortium leader State Bank of India expressing his willingness to settle for less than what is due to the banks. He has been showing willingness to pay up after running out of all options to avoid repayments.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Why I am Bullish on some of the PSBs...
Three of my recently recommended Public Sector Banking (PSB) counters: 
(i) Allahabad Bank Ltd (Rs.53.20; intra-day high: Rs.53.60; Up: 3.20%; Book Value: Rs.192.83; 52-week L/H: Rs.39.40/Rs.108.25), 
(ii) Punjab National Bank Ltd (Rs.76.20; intra-day high: Rs.77.20; Up: 3.25%; Book Value: Rs.192.06; 52-week L/H:  Rs.69.25/Rs.180.55) and 
(iii) State Bank of India Ltd (Rs.180.20; Intra-day high: Rs.180.55; Book Value: Rs.165.49; 52-week L/H: Rs.148.25/Rs.305.00), were up yesterday on Bargain Hunting. 
Speaking with a Business Channel, Ms.Usha Ananthasubramanian, MD & CEO of Punjab National Bank said, the bank has done a major cleansing exercise in the last quarter and is now targeting recovery of loans worth about Rs.50,000-20,000 crore in FY17. 

"There is about Rs.700 crore coming out of the discoms. So, it is a process by which we have done a major cleansing because we have moved on for the last few months into a daily recognition of NPAs which has thrown some surprise. But we are on top of it. So, at this point in time, as I said, because we have done a major cleansing. Whatever happens in future and if the recovery is robust, I think we would have done a good job" she said. 

Meanwhile, Hemindra Hazari,, said: "This is not the end but the beginning of the end for bad asset quality for banks". 

Now, it is a fact that, given the asset quality baggage and the subsequent earnings pressures, the return ratios for the above mentioned PSBs are anticipated to be not so encouraging. Besides, levered corporate exposures and meaningful restructured pipe-line, indicates pain is here to stay for the PSBs for sometime. However, the stocks are already trading near their lowest bands of historical multiples and hence, further downside is, limited. 

Moreover, since the GOI holds a major stake in these PSBs, it is expected that Narendra Modi government, will try its best to revive the sector, especially when it has taken some positive steps to inprove the health of DISCOMS. 

It is to be remembered that Banks have been forced by the Reserve Bank of India to provide higher amounts for the bad loans, thus ensuring that the red ink spreads across their balance sheets. 

"The (PNB) bank intentionally took much higher provisions for cleaning up of the balance sheet. Naturally they had to take provisions for the high NPAs as they had not accounted for the asset quality review in Q3 of the previous fiscal," Siddharth Purohit, senior equity research analyst -- banking, Angel Broking told IANS. "Going ahead certainly this kind of loss will not be there for Punjab National Bank Ltd; though asset quality has still not stabilised, the last part is done," he added.

Reserve Bank of India had given a deadline for all banks to complete their asset quality review by March 31, 2016. In this connection, the government said last week that banks' gross non-performing assets (GNPAs) could rise to 6.9% by March 2017, the deadline given by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan for banks' balance sheet clean-up. 

In another significant development, The State Bank of India (SBI) board on Tuesday decided to submit a proposal to the central government seeking an “in-principle approval” to initiate negotiations with its five associate banks. there are long-term benefits that SBI can derive from the merger. For instance, the total market share of the entire group put together is 22-23 per cent while that of SBI is 17-18 per cent. The merger adds 400-500 basis points to the market share of SBI, estimates Suresh Ganapathy, financials analyst at Macquarie Capital. The merger could also throw up opportunities to cross-sell products. SBI is far more aggressive to grow its retail products as well as fee income and this will rub off favourably on the prospects of its subsidiaries. All these will happen in a gradual manner.

Also, the SBI management believes that after the merger, its balance sheet will increase to Rs.37 lakh crore from Rs.28 lakh crore currently and SBI will get fixed assets worth Rs.4,000 crore from the books of its subsidiaries. The management expects its cost of funds to come down by 100 basis points within a year, as subsidiaries currently have high deposit rates.

Photo: The Hindu
Considering the above facts I, continue to remain BULLISH on some of the PSBs, as all efforts are being made to recover the bad loans, an expectation of, credit offtake to pick up steam in the following quarters, as Indian Economy, has perhaps come out of the "Deflation Trap"; after a long gestation period and the Steel Sector is on a recover mode (CLSA in its February, 2016 report wrote: Steel sector lead the slippages for the PNB) and the meteorology department had indicated, a good monsoon season, ahead (In case of PNB, 68% advances are in the rural and semi urban -- so it gives them a lot of scope to lend to agriculture sector and also, the other small tickets like the retail). 

The Punters are betting on some well known PSBs, on the premise that a  revival in global growth and better monsoon rains in India will help cut bad loans and revive credit growth. 

The Indian Finance Minister recently said, that he is getting a sense that the stressed sectors that have caused these huge holes in bank balance sheets, they are now beginning to recover, sectors like steel, sectors like roads. So, he expects balance sheets to start recovering. 

Therefore, those investors who have still not entered these "Blue Chip PSBs", can consider, buying them in every dip for 25-30% appreciation from their CMPs, in the next 30 days. I am expecting their price to double in the next 6-9 months; as worst seems to be over for some of these PSBs.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

State Bank of India plans to sell up to 5 percent stake in NSE
17 May, 2016: SBI plans to sell part of its holding in National Stock Exchange (NSE), where it owns 15% stake. 

SBI intends to disinvest up to 5 per cent of its equity holding in NSE through a competitive bidding process, a public notice said. 

SBI Capital Markets Limited has been appointed as a consultant to the client for advising and managing the proposed disinvestment process. 

The last date for submission of bid is May 19. 

SBI Associate banks propose merger with parent SBI
May 17, 2016: After over five years of hiatus, associate banks of SBI including State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur have proposed to merger with the parent lender.

The respective boards have proposed merger with the State Bank of India (SBI) in a meeting , sources said.

The meeting of central board of SBI is going to consider the merger, they added.

Meanwhile, a section of employee unions have registered protest against any such move and threatened to go on a strike if such move is approved by the SBI and the government.

Photo: The Hindu Business Line
All employees of Associate Banks will go on strike on May 20, All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said.

The country’s largest lender has five associate banks - State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Hyderabad.

Among these, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Travancore are listed.

SBI first merged associate State Bank of Saurashtra with itself in 2008. Two years later in 2010, State Bank of Indore was merged.

The government recently set up the Bank Board Bureau (BBB) to look into the issues including consolidation in public sector banking space.

The BBB headed by former CAG Vinod Rai had conducted interview for appointments of Managing Directors of some of the banks where posts will be falling vacant during the current fiscal.

The Bureau was constituted to help the government select heads of public sector banks and financial institutions and assist banks in developing strategies with regard to capital—raising and consolidation.

Besides Chairman, the Bureau has three ex-officio members and an equal number of expert members.

Expert members are ICICI Bank’s former joint MD H N Sinor, Bank of Baroda’s former CMD Anil K Khandelwal and rating agency Crisil’s ex-chief Rupa Kudwa.

Its ex-officio members are Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, Financial Services Secretary and RBI Deputy Governor.

Courtesy: The Hindu

Monday, May 16, 2016

Do You Know?
That negative WPI is NOT GOOD for any economy, be it India or the US or the UK. 

For India, the WPI inflation in April came in POSITIVE for the first time in last 18 months, rising to 0.34% compared to negative 0.85% in preceding month. 

This marks the end of a depressing (or should we call it DEFLATION) era and heralds, the beginning of a POSITIVE START. 

This event is significant for all the sectors, especially the Banking space (SBI @ Rs.76 and PNB @Rs.74 and Allahabad Bank @Rs.50.40, are my top picks in a sector, which is a proxy of Indian economy) should cheer, the development, but unfortunately it selling off. 

As a thumb rule generally 2% inflation is taken to be beneficial for any growing economy. Hence, in future, we might see the sales (or turnover) apart from EBIDTA margins of companies improving; till the inflation numbers do not prove to be a menace once again. 

The Nifty is still down 36 points, but strongly feel that it would not only close in the Green but Nifty might actually close above 7830. 
Punjab National Bank to modernise enterprise data warehouse
10 May, 2016: Punjab National Bank (PNB), one of India’s “big four” banking groups, is looking to renovate its data management set-up. It issued an RFP “to revamp existing functionality” either by enhancing its current enterprise data warehouse (EDW) or to deploy a new one.

The RFP was issued late last year, for an end-to-end solution for EDW encompassing big data and analytics. Following a number of clarifications and deadline extensions, the RFP has finally and recently closed, Banking Technology understands.

The bank adopted its current EDW nearly ten years ago. IBM supplies the hardware and software components, and the reporting tool is based on SAP’s Business Objects.

The set-up provides information by utilising historical and current data from all source systems at PNB, including risk management software, CRM, an asset and liability management (ALM) solution from SAS, Infosys’ Finacle core banking system, ATM switch, Misys’ FusionCapital Kondor for treasury, HR management, digital banking and so on.

The new solution will leverage the existing IT architecture and will cover the entire organisation. It will be capable of handling large and complex data with 2,000+ concurrent users, and will handle both structured and unstructured data. It will be based on “the latest technology”, PNB states, such as Hadoop, Data Lake, Data Discovery etc. The availability of the solution should be at least 99.5%.

PNB expects the “extract, transform and load” (ETL) process of the new solution to be capable of processing data real-time and end-to-end. “Existing ETL process should be integrated in such a way that loading process can take place with least manpower requirement,” it states.

Scalability is vital too, with the system built capable of processing incremental 100 GB of data and overall database size of more than 200 TB.

PNB: facts and figures

PNB is state-owned. Its HQ is in New Delhi.

It has a network of 6,300 branches and over 7,900 ATMs.

It serves over 80 million customers.

Outside its domestic market, PNB has branches in Hong Kong, Dubai and Kabul. It also has a subsidiary in the UK – PNB International Bank – with seven branches.

It has representative offices in Oslo, Shanghai and Sydney.

PBN owns 51% of Druk PNB Bank in Bhutan, 20% of Everest Bank in Nepal and 84% of PNB Bank in Kazakhstan.

Do You Know?
State Bank of India Ltd is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services company. It is India’s largest commercial bank.

Founded in 1806, Bank of Calcutta was the first Bank established in India and over a period of time, evolved into State Bank of India Ltd (SBI). SBI represents a sterling legacy of over 200 years. It is the oldest commercial Bank in the Indian subcontinent, strengthening the nation’s trillion-dollar economy and serving the aspirations of its vast population. The Bank is largest commercial Bank in terms of assets, deposits, profits, branches, number of customers and employees, enjoying the continuing faith of millions of customers across the social spectrum. Its banking activities include Personal Banking, Agricultural/Rural, NRI Services, International Banking, Corporate Banking and Services. 

State Bank of India is a regional banking behemoth and has 20% market share in deposits and loans among Indian commercial banks.As of 2014-15, it has assets of Rs.20,48,080 crores and more than 14000 branches, including 191 foreign offices spread across 36 countries, making it the largest banking and financial services company in India by assets. 

The Book Value of the shares of the company is Rs.165.49 and it has an EPS of Rs.160. This gives the fair value of the scrip as Rs.225-250, with suitable discounts. Therefore, buy the shares of SBI at Rs.176, for short term targets of Rs.225-250. 

SBI-hired 'bouncers' take over Vijay Mallya’s palatial holiday home in Goa
The villa, valued at Rs 90 crore, used to be Mallya’s base in Goa and also venue of many famous parties hosted by him during ‘good times’.
Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher house in Goa (Photo: Video grab)
May 15, 2016: Panaji: A troop of 50 staff members marched out of Vijay Mallya’s 'Kingfisher Villa' on Saturday giving way to bouncers from Mumbai, brought in by the State Bank of India, after the lenders took physical possession of yet another prime asset of the liquor baron to recover the loans defaulted by him.  

The palatial holiday resort was taken over after the revenue officials in Goa had on Wednesday allowed the lenders to take physical possession of ‘Kingfisher Villa’ in Candolim.

According to reports, the bouncers — over 40 of them distributed across the sprawling three-acre property — were not briefed about how long their stay at the famed villa would be, but the men are quite kicked about the idea of being there.

“Initially we were told by our agency that our client SBI’s property needed to be secured in Goa. It was much later that someone told us the property belonged to Mallya. Given the high-profile case, we were told to be keep a watch for media presence and be on our best behaviour,” Radheshyam heading the ‘bouncer team’ of Mumbai-based ADF security services said.

“For some of us, visiting Goa itself is a first, let alone visiting Mallya’s mansion,” he added.

Revealing that the villa staff were allowed to take away some furniture and other movables along with their personal belongings, Radheshyam said that they also took away a few cars. “But two cars are still on the premises. Proper authorisation is needed to take them away,” he explained.

The villa, valued at Rs 90 crore, used to be Mallya’s base in Goa and also the venue of many of the famous parties hosted by him during his ‘good times’.

Advocate Parag Rao, who appeared on behalf of United Spirits, said that the company had withdrawn its claim before the collector on Saturday.

Representing the bankers’ consortium, SBICAPS had sought physical possession of the property under Section 14 of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act in late 2014.

Last week, media reports had said that Mallya put up a “villa manager” as a caretaker to thwart the bank’s attempt to take it over.

The villa was mortgaged to the lenders while obtaining loans for the now defunct airliner, but the caretaker, who claimed to be an employee of United Breweries, and the subsequent establishment of tenancy rights would have made it difficult for the banks to take over the property.

According to reports, bankers’ attempts to take possession of the villa were repeatedly stalled by USL, which claims the first right to buy the property as it is a tenant.

So far, the banks have recovered over Rs 1,400 crore by selling shares and collaterals and over Rs 1,200 crore is blocked in escrow accounts at Debt Recovery Tribunal, Bengaluru and the Karnataka High Court. Mallya had told the Supreme Court he was ready to repay up to Rs 6,800 crore of the total dues of over Rs 9,400 crore.

Last month, the consortium of banks had failed in its attempt to sell Kingfisher Airline’s erstwhile headquarters Kingfisher House in Mumbai because of the high reserve price of Rs 150 crore.

Attempts to sell the Kingfisher brands and associated trademarks carrying a reserve price of Rs 367 crore had also found no takers. Mallya left the country on March 2 for London. Earlier this week, the Government asked Britain to deport Mallya, citing the revocation of his passport and a non-bailable warrant against him.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Corporate Results Show Signs of Recovery in Q4: BS
Photo: Money Control
After a poor report card during the first nine months of financial year 2015-16, corporate results for the fourth quarter offer hope of a recovery.

The combined net sales of 350 companies, which have declared results so far (upto 8th May, 2016), were up 5.6%, year-on-year (y-o-y) for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. This marked the fastest growth in the past six quarters, reports Business Standard.

Before this, these companies had reported a decline in revenue for four consecutive quarters.

The combined net profit (adjusted for exceptional gains and losses) was up 16.9% y-o-y, growing at the fastest pace in the past six quarters. 

The reported net profit was, however, down 8.8% y-o-y, resulting in a decline in companies’ underlying earnings per share.