Thursday, 19 December 2019

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to invest up to $600 million through NIIF.


National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has announced an agreement for CPPIB to invest up to US$600 million through the NIIF Master Fund. The agreement includes a commitment of US$150 million in the NIIF Master Fund and co-investment rights of up to US$450 million in future opportunities to invest alongside the NIIF Master Fund.

With CPPIB’s investment, NIIF Master Fund now has US$2.1 billion in commitments and has achieved its initially targeted fund size. In addition, NIIF Master Fund investors have co-investment rights of US$3 billion, which will enable the NIIF Master Fund to invest at the scale required for India’s large infrastructure requirements. The NIIF Master Fund invests equity capital in core infrastructure sectors in India, with a focus on transportation, energy and urban infrastructure. 

CPPIB joins Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, AustralianSuper, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Temasek, Axis Bank, HDFC Group, ICICI Bank and Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance as investors in the NIIF Master Fund, alongside Government of India.  

CPPIB will also become a shareholder in National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Limited, NIIF’s investment management company. 

Sujoy Bose, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of NIIF, said: “We are delighted to welcome CPPIB as an investor in the NIIF Master Fund and as a shareholder in our investment management company. CPPIB is a prominent and established investor in India, and their investment demonstrates the alignment of the NIIF Master Fund’s investment strategy with what large international investors seek in the infrastructure sector in India. With this fourth close of the NIIF Master Fund, we are pleased that the fund has achieved its initial target size of US$2.1 billion with domestic and international investors of the highest reputation and quality. We thank all our investors, and the Government of India, particularly the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of External Affairs, for their strong support.” 

Scott Lawrence, Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure, CPPIB, said: “The opportunity to invest in, and alongside, NIIF complements our existing direct investment strategy in Indian infrastructure. Through this investment in the NIIF Master Fund, we are also able to deploy capital in additional projects and sectors across the country, providing further long-term opportunities for CPPIB to invest in Infrastructure in India.”

Source - Press Release.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Qatar Investment Authority to invest Rs 3200 crores in Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd.



Qatar Investment Authority picks up a 25.1% stake in Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd (AEML). AEML is a major electricity distributor in the Western suburbs of Mumbai.

Adani Transmission Limited ("ATL"), Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited ("AEML") and a subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority ("QIA") have signed definitive agreements for the sale of a 25.1% stake in AEML to QIA and for a shareholder subordinated debt investment by QIA in AEML. The total QIA investment in AEML will be approximately INR 3,200 Crore (equivalent to approximately $450 million).

AEML is the licensee for an integrated power distribution, transmission and generation business that currently serves more than 3 million consumers across a license area of approximately 400 square kilometers in the city of Mumbai, the world's seventh-largest city by the size of population. AEML's market share of Mumbai is approximately 87% by license area, 67% by consumers served and 55% by electricity supplied.

As part of the Transaction, ATL and QIA have agreed on definitive plans to ensure that over 30% of the electricity supplied by AEML is sourced from solar and wind power plants by the year 2023. In addition, ATL and QIA have agreed on a number of other green initiatives to combat climate change and facilitate the transition to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

The Transaction demonstrates the increasingly strong relations between India and Qatar and the commitment of both countries to further develop their close ties in the years ahead.

Adani Group Chairman, Mr. Gautam Adani, commented: "We are delighted to embark on this partnership with the Qatar Investment Authority. Together, we will continue to work towards improving the reliability of supply and consumer satisfaction for over 3 million AEML consumers served in Mumbai. We believe this transaction is a significant step in the journey of the Adani Group, marking the start of a long term partnership with QIA".

QIA Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mansoor Al-Mahmoud, commented: "We believe that Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited is the best-in-class electricity utility in India and has tremendous potential for growth. We look forward to a long term partnership with the Adani Group, with whom we share an inter-generational perspective on investments and a common vision for the sustainable growth and continued success of AEML".

Mr. Al-Mahmoud added: "This investment demonstrates our confidence in India, with whom Qatar shares deep-rooted ties and excellent relations".

The Transaction is the latest in a series of investments undertaken by QIA in world-class infrastructure assets with trusted partners globally. The Transaction is expected to complete in early 2020 subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary conditions precedent.

SKN Advisors Limited acted as financial advisor and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas acted as legal advisor to ATL and AEML on the Transaction.


J.P. Morgan acted as financial advisor and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and AZB & Partners acted as legal advisors to QIA on the Transaction.

Source: Press Release.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Aditya Birla Finance becomes first company to list Commercial Papers on National Stock Exchange.



Aditya Birla Finance Limited, the lending subsidiary of Aditya Birla Capital Limited became the first company to list its Commercial Papers on NSE. National Stock Exchange, India’s leading stock exchange has started listing Commercial papers (CPs) which will help issuers make appropriate disclosures at the time of listing and on a continuous basis and will lead to deepening of the debt markets.

Listing of CPs is expected to lead to efficient transmission of information regarding corporate borrowings and liquidity positions to market participants. It will also contribute effectively towards development of the commercial paper market and is expected to have a positive effect on the Debt Capital market in India.

Aditya Birla Finance Limited (ABFL) listed its Commercial Paper on NSE with value date of 28th November 2019 and maturity date on February 7, 2020. ABFL is a well-diversified non-banking finance company (NBFC) with a long-term credit rating of AAA (Stable) from both ICRA as well as India Ratings.

Marking the occasion, Ms. Ishita Vora, Head Listing, NSE Ishita Vora, Head Listing, NSE Ishita Vora, Head Listing, NSE said, “NSE is committed to the development of the Commercial Paper market in India and has been at the forefront to enable the smoother transition of CPs as listed securities. We are hopeful that this will enhance transparency and enable efficient information dissemination to investors leading to deepening of investments in money market instruments.”

Mr. Rakesh Singh, MD & CEO Aditya Birla Finance Limited said, “SEBI’s announcement cited to list Commercial Papers is a welcome move for the industry as it will encourage further transparency and better corporate governance practices. We are glad to announce that ABFL is taking a thought leadership position in the market by being the first company to list its Commercial Paper in order to reinstate faith in the system. Trust in the system can only be restored with complete transparency. Through this pioneering move, we aim to set standards for Commercial Paper issuance which will bring in liquidity, transparency and thereby create trust in the minds of investors. We always strive to set a benchmark in whatever we do.”

Source - Press Release.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

ADNOC, Adani, BASF and Borealis sign MoU for Chemical Complex in Mundra, Gujarat.



ADNOC, Adani, BASF and Borealis vow to invest $4 billion for Propane DeHydrogenation Unit at Mundra, Gujarat.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Adani Group, BASF SE and Borealis AG have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to engage in a joint feasibility study to further evaluate a collaboration for the establishment of a chemical complex in Mundra, Gujarat, India. This is the next step of BASF’s and Adani’s investment plans as announced in January 2019. With the inclusion of ADNOC and Borealis as potential partners, the parties are examining various structuring options for the chemical complex that will leverage the technical, financial and operational strengths of each company. The total investment is estimated to be up to $4 billion.

The collaboration includes evaluating a joint world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant to produce propylene-based on propane feedstock to be supplied by ADNOC. Propylene will be partially used as feedstock for a polypropylene (PP) complex, owned by ADNOC and Borealis, based on proprietary state-of-the-art Borealis Borstar technology.

The PP complex will be the first overseas production joint investment by ADNOC and Borealis as part of a strategic framework with their current joint venture Borouge. Furthermore, propylene will be the key raw material for the previously announced acrylics value chain complex comprising glacial acrylic acid (GAA), Oxo-C4 (butanols and 2-ethyl hexanol), butyl acrylate (BA) and potentially other downstream products as part of a joint venture of BASF and Adani in which BASF holds a majority.

The chemical complex in Mundra is intended to be entirely supplied from renewable energy resources. The partners are evaluating co-investment in wind and solar park with the plans at an advanced stage of development. If realized, this would be the world’s first CO2-neutral petrochemical site to be fully powered by renewable energy, fully in line with the partners’ commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency.

Commenting on the MoU signing, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, said: “This exciting collaboration is in line with ADNOC’s strategy to foster mutually beneficial partnerships. As a value-adding partner, ADNOC will play a crucial role as the propane feedstock supplier to this project. As the fastest growing global energy market, India is crucial to  our international growth ambitions in the downstream sector. As such, this project allows ADNOC  and its partners to capture the promising growth in the Indian polyolefins market.”

Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group, stated: “We are very pleased to collaborate with our international partners to establish a Chemical Manufacturing Complex at Mundra Port. We stand committed to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and serve the larger purpose of aligning growth opportunities with creation of goodness for the nation.”

“BASF remains committed to investing in India’s growth. We will play a key role in driving this joint collaboration which is also pioneering in terms of sustainability.  We look forward to working together with our partners in establishing a chemical cluster in Mundra and to supplying the Indian market with high-quality downstream products,” said Dr. Martin Brudermueller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE.

Alfred Stern, CEO of Borealis, added: “This partnership is a unique opportunity to strengthen our PP presence in India with proprietary Borealis Borstar PP technology and to create value and tangible benefits through innovation for customers across multiple industries.”


The partners aim to finalize the joint feasibility study by the end of Q1 2020. Production is intended to commence in 2024. Adani has allied infrastructure like sea port, airport and highway connectivity near the proposed unit. The designated site is planned at Mundra port in Gujarat, India, and the products are predominantly for the Indian market, serving a wide range of local industries, including construction, automotive and coatings.

ONGC signs MoU with EXXONMobil for study in PEL offshore blocks and open acreage areas.



Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with US petroleum giant EXXON-Mobil on 14 October 2019. This MoU will enable the two petroleum companies to undertake joint technical studies and cooperate in frontier areas like deep water and other Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) blocks of ONGC in the east and west coast and open acreages for joint bidding.

The MoU was signed on the side-lines of IHS-CERAWeek at Delhi by ONGC Director (Exploration) Mr R K Srivastava and EXXON-Mobil CEO, South Asia Mr William P Davis in the presence of Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Petroleum Secretary, Dr. M M Kutty and ONGC CMD Mr. Shashi Shanker.

The work under the MoU will be carried out in three phases. This will lead to a joint technical study for potential collaboration areas.

Talking after the MoU, Vice President Asia Pacific ExxonMobil Mr. Michael Deal said, “We welcome the opportunity to work with ONGC and apply our collective expertise to be an even bigger part of India’s bright energy future”.

ONGC CMD Mr Shashi Shanker said, “This meaningful partnership with EXXONMobil will be a step towards unlocking value in ONGC PEL offshore blocks, study open acreage areas and enable us to get closer to meeting Country’s energy aspirations”.

Source - ONGC.

Monday, 14 October 2019

France's Total acquires 37.4% stake in Adani Gas to supply and market Natural Gas in India.



With this announcement of Total’s Acquisition of 37.4% Stake in Adani Gas, Adani and Total join to create one of India’s largest Downstream Energy Partnerships.

As part of its strategy to develop new gas markets, Total, the world's second-largest LNG player, expands its partnership with the Adani Group; the largest energy and infrastructure conglomerate in India, to contribute to the development of the Indian natural gas market.

The Indian natural gas market represents a substantial growth perspective. It is currently only 7% of the energy consumption but has grown over the last 3 years by more than 5% per annum, supported by an active policy of the Indian Government that aims to diversify its energy mix and develop domestic use of gas in cities and as fuel for vehicles. India has set the ambitious target of increasing the share of natural gas in its energy mix to 15% by 2030.

The partnership between Adani (50%) and Total (50%) includes several assets across the gas value chain notably two imports and regasification LNG terminals: Dhamra in East India and potentially Mundra in the West, as well as Adani Gas Limited, one of the 4 main distributors of city gas in India of which Adani holds 74.8% and of which Total will acquire 37.4%.

Adani Gas shall also pursue fuel retail business in India and target to setup 1,500 fuel stations offering top of the line products in the coming years.

Adani Gas Limited aims to expand its distribution of gas in the next 10 years through its 38 concessions covering 7.5% of the Indian population and market natural gas to industrial, commercial and domestic customers, targeting 6 million homes as well as through 1,500 CNG retail outlets across 71 districts, 68 towns across 15 states in India.

Speaking on the occasion, Adani Group Chairman, Mr. Gautam Adani, said, “Adani is delighted to deepen its strategic partnership with Total, a global energy major, to one of the largest downstream gas partnerships in India. Total’s investment in Adani Gas reinforces India’s natural gas and demand potential. The partnership will derive significant synergies between Adani’s capabilities of developing world-class assets and Total’s global best practices as well as leveraging business synergies across LNG, Fuel Retail and City Gas distribution. We look forward to working together towards delivering India’s vision for clean and green energy”

As part of this partnership, Total will bring its LNG and retail expertise and will supply LNG to Adani Gas Limited. Total and Adani will also establish a joint venture to market LNG in India and Bangladesh.

“Energy needs in India are immense and the Indian energy mix is key to the climate change challenge. Firmly investing to develop the use of natural gas in India is in line with Total’s ambition to become the responsible energy major. The natural gas market in India will have strong growth and is an attractive outlet for the world's second-largest LNG player that Total has become. Adani will bring its knowledge of the local market and its expertise in the infrastructure and energy sectors. This partnership with Adani is the cornerstone to our development strategy in this country.”, said Patrick Pouyann√©, Chairman and CEO of Total.

Disclaimer: Shareholder of Adani Gas.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Indiabulls Shubh trading app offers ‘Truly Unlimited Plans’ for new-age investors.


Shubh trading app

India’s economy and its bustling stock market have witnessed a phenomenal rise in the last decade. Such has been the success that many few would believe that BSE Sensex was trading below 10,000 points just 9 years back. With reforms at the fore-front agenda, World Bank predicts that India’s economy is set to reach $5 trillion by 2025. Most leading brokerage houses have a bullish outlook on Sensex and Nifty especially after the recent historic announcements on corporate tax by FM Sitharaman. We all will unanimously agree that stock market investments, be it equity or commodity, are one of the only few investment avenues which have the potential to beat ever-rising inflation.

The times they are a changin’! From floor-based trading to branch-based services and now trading on-the-go with smartphones. A data released by National Stock Exchange states mobile trading share has more than tripled to 10.7% as on August 2019 from 3.3% in April 2016. Catching the bandwagon, Indiabulls has launched Shubh – a mobile trading platform with subscription based plans for seamless trading experience. Indiabulls Ventures Limited is one of the earliest capital market company providing securities and derivative broking services.

Karo Shubh Se Shuruat!

Shubh trading app is the newest offering from Indiabulls Ventures Limited. The discount broking platform is India’s first truly unlimited trading platform with 'Subscription based' monthly pricing options. Shubh gives the customers a choice of monthly plans that suit their broking needs starting at 1000 where they can enjoy the benefit of 0*% brokerage on both Intraday and Delivery. No need to panic on the asterisk (*) symbol, as Shubh charges maximum 0.01 brokerage per order as per SEBI rules.

Indiabulls Shubh is basically the ‘Netflix of Trading’. Once the investor is on-board and subscribed, the platform offers a transparent trading experience like never before at fixed rates. Many may not know this, but the volume of ‘Buy Today and Sell Today Tomorrow’ trades is such that several investors end up paying brokerage value amounting in thousands in just single trading day. By renewing subscription plan every month, investors can protect their capital from hefty brokerages and trade as much they want.

On plans onwards 2000 per month, Shubh trading app offers an attractive margin trading facility from 1 lakh to 50 lakh at 0% interest rate. Indiabulls Shubh is perfectly placed for new-age investors who trade in equity (NSE & BSE), futures & options (NSE F&O) and currency segments. The intraday exposure offered by Shubh is upto 4x in F&O, 5x in equity, and 4x for margin trading. As an introductory offer, the company has announced free trading for the first 30 days with no subscription charges for new customers. The one time account opening charges of Shubh is just 500 inclusive GST. Existing 7.1 lakh Indiabulls clients can also enjoy the benefits of the new plan by upgrading their current one.

Trading Made Easy

Indiabulls Shubh trading app is available on both Android and iOS platform. For the ease of trading, investors can execute trades at a lightning fast speed on app, web and on desktop. If in a hurry, no worry! Users can even place trading orders on the phone at no additional charges. The Shubh app is built on the philosophy of speed, stability and simplicity.

With an enormous amount of data and continuous transactions, traders often complain of mobile app downtimes. This is unique to sentimental capital markets like India. Be it budget, government policy, US fed, or China- US trade war, the downtime of trading apps is a major issue where traders may potentially lose their hard-earned money. Unlike some newbies in the business, Indiabulls leverages its market experience of the past 20 years to offer seamless trading experience even during major events.

Shubh’s subscription plans have been designed keeping in mind the needs of today’s new-age traders. We have built a clean, vanilla type of product where customers can trade through app, web, and even through calls with ease. We invite traders to experience our all new Shubh platform” - Divyesh Shah, CEO, Indiabulls Ventures Limited.

The Indiabulls Shubh app and web platforms offer an entirely online process for opening a Demat Account. Open the app, fill out the e-KYC details with e-signature Et Voila! Traders can further subscribe to monthly plans as per their needs.

Download the Indiabulls Shubh app from Play Store and Apple App Store and try it yourself!