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!

Monday, 26 August 2019

Bank of Baroda board approves to raise Basel III complaint Tier 1 bonds upto Rs 1650 crores.



Bank of Baroda (BoB) board - Capital Raising Committee of the bank has approved Issuance of Basel III Compliant Additional Tier I Bonds for aggregate total issue size not exceeding Rs1,650cr, with a base issue size of Rs500cr and a Green Shoe Option to retain over-subscription up to Rs1,150cr.

Further, the Bank of Baroda board said that issuance of Basel III Compliant Tier II Capital Bonds Compliant with Basel III Capital regulations of the Reserve Bank of India for aggregate total issue size not exceeding R500cr, with a base issue size of Rs250cr and a Green Shoe Option to retain oversubscription up to Rs250cr.

According to the Mint report, the bank plans additional exposure of Rs10,675cr to NBFCs in the second quarter of FY20. The bank is also looking to purchase NBFC assets worth Rs5,600cr, co-originate loans of Rs1,000cr, provide loans of Rs3,575cr for on-lending to the Agri sector and has set aside Rs500cr for “high-ticket balance sheet takeover".

After the announcement, the shares of Bank of Baroda traded on NSE index was more than 3% up at Rs 98.

Source: Bombay Stock Exchange.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Govt of India sanctions subsidy for 5595 electric buses in 64 cities under FAME II.

Tata Ultra Electric bus has been deployed in Lucknow, Kolkata, Guwahati, Jammu Kashmir under FAME I scheme.


The Department of Heavy Industry has approved the sanction of 5595 electric buses to 64 Cities, State Government Entities, State Transport Undertakings (STUs) for intra-city and intercity operation under FAME India scheme phase II in order to give a further push to clean mobility in public transportation.

The Department had invited the Expression of Interest (EoI) from million-plus cities, smart cities, State/UT capitals and cities from special category states for submission of proposal for deployment of electric buses on an operational cost basis.

Eight six proposals from 26 States/UTs for the deployment of 14988 e-Buses were received. After evaluation of these proposals as per EoI, on the advice of Project Implementation and Sanctioning Committee, the Government sanctioned 5095 electric buses to 64 Cities / State Transport Corporations for intra-city operation, 400 electric buses for intercity operation and 100 electric buses for last-mile connectivity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Each selected City/STUsis required to initiate the procurement process in a time-bound manner for the deployment of sanctioned electric buses on an operational cost basis. As per EoI, buses which satisfy required localization level and technical eligibility notified under FAME India scheme phase II will be eligible for funding under FAME India scheme phase II.

Tier 1 cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore will receive 300 electric buses each. Surprisingly, Chennai's proposal seems to be rejected. Pune and Surat are set to get 150 electric buses each. 400 electric buses will be deployed towards intercity operations and will be handed over to State Transport Corporations. Maharashtra has received highest allocation of 775 buses followed by Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu.

These buses will run about 4 billion kilometers during their contract period and are expected to save cumulatively about 1.2 billion liters of fuel over the contract period, which will result into avoidance of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emission.


Source - PIB.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

AIIB approves $100 million to Larsen Toubro Finance arm for wind and solar projects


The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) latest project will increase the supply of renewable energy in India by mobilizing private capital. The project provides a $100 million loan to L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (LTIF), a subsidiary of L&T Finance Holdings Ltd and a leading non-bank financier of renewable energy in India. The financing marks AIIB’s first loan to a non-banking finance company (NBFC). 

The loan proceeds will be used to on-lend to wind and solar power infrastructure projects throughout India. The loan mobilizes private capital from sponsors, other financiers and LTIF’s own sources.

India is committed to reducing its carbon intensity by 30 to 35 percent of 2005 levels by 2030 under the Paris Agreement. The country will need to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in its energy mix if it is to achieve this target. Investment in renewable energy is an efficient way for India to reduce its carbon intensity while meeting its growing energy needs. NBFCs play a crucial role in broadening access to financial services, enhancing competition and diversity in the financial sector, and has emerged as key financiers of renewable energy. 

“AIIB’s financing will help secure the funding supply for renewable energy project development in India,” said AIIB Vice President and Chief Investment Officer D.J. Pandian. “The project supports AIIB’s commitment to sustainable energy for Asia to reduce the carbon intensity of energy supply.” 

LTIF’s collaboration with AIIB will also help the company develop its environmental and social capabilities which will in the future enable it to tap the international market for green finance.

Source - AIIB.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Tamal Bandyopadhyay’s HDFC Bank 2.0 book narrates the Puri legacy.


Tamal Bandyopadhyay book Aditya Puri


Indian banking industry is not in the pink of health now but that’s largely the story of the government-owned banks. If we look at the private sector, barring a few odd banks which are not the best examples of corporate governance, over the last three decades, the industry has witnessed phenomenal growth with consumerism. The privitisation push in 1991 was a defining moment for the financial sector in India. What we have achieved today would not have been possible without India’s private sector banks like HDFC Bank. It is a child of economic liberalisation.

In the 1990’s, talking about banks as dinosaurs, Bill Gates of Microsoft famously said, “We need banking, but we don’t need banks anymore”. Three decades later, a bank is still relevant and will continue to do so if it’s willing to reinvent itself to be in sync with the changing milieu where it operates – by embracing digitalisation.

From a nimble start-up in 1995 to India’s most valuable banking brand, HDFC Bank has a made  gigantic strides into the world of digital banking under the leadership of Mr Aditya Puri. In a sector marred by controversies, Mr Puri has not just been the longest serving chairman of any bank globally but the face of a world class bank in India. Tamal Bandyopadhyay’s latest book “HDFC Bank 2.0: From Dawn to Digital” narrates this unique story of the  transformation of India’s most valued lender from a life cycle bank to a lifestyle bank. 

For starters, let me remind you that this book is not a sponsored project. It chronicles the HDFC Bank story warts and all. While highlighting the bank’s unique features, Tamal also criticises the unforgivable mistakes done by HDFC Bank during this journey through his unparalleled  writing skills. 

One of the key reasons why Indian banks were largely unaffected  during the Global Financial Crisis of 2009 was the fact that they were truly connected with their roots. During that  period, Mr Puri had guided HDFC Bank to add branches and ATM network in tier three cities and rural areas. The expansion drive created the credit card, auto and home loan boom. The book describes how  a bank reaching out to person for a loan – and not  the other way round - creates a new sense of trust in the aspirational class of India.

The era of Digital Disruption

Mr Puri believes that digitalisation and disruption are intertwined. Whenever there’s change, people tend to panic but if handled correctly, it can open up new beginnings. HDFC Bank saw this transformation ahead of others. During his Silicon Valley trip in 2014, Mr Puri saw how the fintech companies – the new kids on the  tech block – were venturing into fund transfers, mobile banking and shopping. They could build products that could give instant loan with slick user interface on their phones. Home grown fintech innovations like the United Payments Interface (UPI) were set to transform the way we Indians bank.

“Why don’t we disrupt ourselves instead of waiting to be disrupted by fintech companies? Why can’t we give a loan in 10 seconds? Why can’t we invent something to transfer money in just a click? HDFC Bank aspires to become a financial marketplace. It wants to be India’s Alibaba or Netflix when it comes to banking”. - Mr Aditya Puri, Chairman & Managing Director, HDFC Bank.

HDFC Bank first tied up with Chillr, an app which sends money over the phone using a UPI technology. A BharatQR code-based payments service named PayZapp is popular in many stores. The bank has also used AI for many applications like chatbots and social media interactions. Indigenously developed IRA robots have been deployed at several branches to solve customer queries. 

While adopting this technological shift, there were times when the bank failed on the customer front. For instance, the HDFC bank app crash in November 2018 became a hot topic in the media and  the bank was subjected to national outrage and ridicule. The book – “HDFC Bank 2.0: From Dawn to Digital” – clinically  chronicles the journey over the years.

About the book

Tamal Bandyopadhyay’s HDFC Bank 2.0: From Dawn to Digital is published by Jaico Publishing House. The book was launched by Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India at Nehru Centre, Mumbai. Aditya Puri, Managing Director, HDFC Bank Ltd  and many  luminaries in the financial services industry were present there. Tamal Bandyopadhyay is an author, columnist and keen watcher of banking and finance. His Banker’s Trust column, which now appears every Monday in Business Standard, is the most popular column on banking and finance with over half a million followers on the Linkedin platform.

“Tamal combines his financial knowledge, eye for detail, and an excellent storytelling style to create a vivid portrait of India’s most valued bank and its path to future” - Nandan Nilekani, Co-foundar & Chairman, Infosys & founding chairman of UIDAI, has written in his forward to the book.

HDFC Bank 2.0: From Dawn to Digital (ISBN: 978-93-88423-35-9) are now available at Crossword, Amazon, Flipkart and other leading book stores.

Friday, 12 July 2019

TVS launches India's first Ethanol based Motorcycle - Apache RTR 200 Fi Ei100 at Rs 1.2 lakhs.

Ethanol Bike In India


A #MakeInIndia products which runs on #MakeInIndia fuel.

TVS Motor Company, a reputed manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the world have created a benchmark in the industry by launching India’s first Ethanol based motorcycle – TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100. The motorcycle was launched by Shri. Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India & Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri. Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, and Shri. Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Motor Company.

TVS Motor Company first showcased the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Ethanol concept in Auto Expo 2018 held in Delhi. TVS Apache is the flagship brand of TVS Motor Company with over 3.5 million happy customers across the globe.

Commenting on this launch, Shri. Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Motor Company, said, “We are delighted to launch the TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 in the presence of Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport & Highways of India; & Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Shri. Nitin Jairam Gadkari who has created a roadmap for the implementation of future mobility in the country.”

Shri. Srinivasan further added, “Today, the two-wheeler industry is looking at green and sustainable future mobility solutions spanning across electric, hybrid and alternate fuels. TVS Motor Company believes that Ethanol-based products are an important option for our customers. This is due to the easy compatibility in the transition to Ethanol and its sustained positive impact on the environment without compromising on performance and total cost of ownership. TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 is a breakthrough in the two-wheeler space that will set the trend for a green future in India.”

Ethanol will be domestically produced by the farmers of this country. It is cost-effective, import free and environmentally sustainable fuel.

Ethanol is domestically produced from renewable plant sources. It is non-toxic, biodegradable, as well as safe to handle, store and transport. An oxygenated fuel that contains 35% oxygen, Ethanol reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from combustion. Apart from this, Ethanol also helps reduce carbon monoxide emissions, particulate matter, and sulphur-di-oxide. Use of Ethanol as a fuel will also reduce dependence on the import of petroleum and increase energy security.

The TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 sports a vibrant interplay of green graphics seamlessly woven with the ‘Ethanol’ logo. It is equipped with a Twin-Spray-Twin-Port EFI technology. This ensures better drivability, faster throttle response and reduction in emission levels. It delivers better usable power under varied ambient conditions. This motorcycle boasts of impressive peak power of 21 PS @ 8500 rpm with a torque of 18.1 Nm @ 7000 rpm and has an ascending top speed of 129 kmph.

Promising consistent performance coupled with a sustainable green solution, the TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 is a winner for both the rider and the environment. This special edition would be available in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka at an attractive price of Rs. 1,20,000.

- Press Release.