Nissan and Renault retooled board structure of the world’s largest alliance

Japan’s Nissan Motor and France’s Renault retooled the board structure of the world’s largest car-making alliance and there would be no change to junior partner Mitsubishi Motors cross-shareholding agreements.

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Japan’s Nissan Motor and France’s Renault on Tuesday retooled the board structure of the world’s largest car-making alliance, putting themselves as equals after the ouster of former boss Carlos Ghosn.

They said the chairman of Renault would serve as the chairman of the alliance but — in a critical sign of the rebalancing —not as chairman of Nissan. It was not immediately clear who would take that job, vacant since Ghosn was arrested in November.

The ouster of Ghosn, one of the world’s most celebrated executives for his rescue of Nissan from near-bankruptcy in 1999, had caused much soul-searching about the future of the alliance. Nissan has said the executive wielded far too much power, creating a lack of oversight and corporate governance.

“This is an equal partnership,” Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa told a news conference.

But the companies, including junior partner Mitsubishi Motors, said there would be no change to their cross-shareholding agreements. The so-called “RAMA” alliance agreement that has bound them together so far remains intact.

Separately, a Tokyo court on Monday rejected Ghosn’s request to attend Nissan’s board meeting, denying a seat at the table to the executive who drove the alliance with Renault for two decades.

Released on a $9 million bail last week after spending more than 100 days in a Tokyo detention center, Ghosn faces charges of under-reporting his salary at Nissan by about $82 million over nearly a decade — charges he has called “meritless.”

In the wake of the scandal, Renault has started its own review of payments to Ghosn. French prosecutors have opened a preliminary inquiry into how he financed his 2016 wedding at the Chateau de Versailles, French media have reported.

His dramatic arrest in November and the detention exposed tensions between Nissan and its top shareholder Renault, and appeared to muddy the outlook for the future of the alliance – the world’s largest maker of automobiles, excluding heavy trucks.

Some at Nissan had been unhappy with Ghosn’s push for a deeper tie-up with Renault, which was seen as possibly including a full merger. Smaller Renault bought 43 percent of Nissan ahead of the 1999 rescue.

Nissan holds a 15 percent, non-voting stake in Renault, whose top shareholder is the French government.

Source: CNBC

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Chipmaker Nvidia’s approaches its biggest deal to acquire Mellanox Tech

The deal would be Nvidia’s biggest-ever acquisition and boost its business of making chips for data centers, allowing it to reduce its reliance on the video game industry, for which it is best known as a major technology vendor.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chipmaker Nvidia Corp is approaching a deal to acquire peer Mellanox Technologies Ltd for more than $7 billion in cash, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

The deal would be Nvidia’s biggest-ever acquisition and boost its business of making chips for data centers, allowing it to reduce its reliance on the video game industry, for which it is best known as a major technology vendor.

Nvidia has outbid Intel Corp in the auction for Mellanox and could announce a deal as early as Monday, the person said. The source asked not to be identified because the negotiations are confidential. Intel and Mellanox did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Nvidia declined to comment. Financial news website Calcalist had reported earlier on Sunday that Nvidia had outbid Intel for Mellanox.

Mellanox’s chips power high-speed networks connecting servers. The company, which is based in Israel and the United States, had a market capitalization at the end of trading on Friday of about $5.9 billion.

Data center revenue accounts for nearly a third of Nvidia’s sales. Nvidia, based in Santa Clara, California has grown at a rapid pace in the past few years, under CEO Jensen Huang, but a slowdown in China and a fading cyrptocurrency craze have started to weigh on its sales in recent quarters.

In January, Nvidia, which has market capitalization of $91 billion, cut its fourth-quarter revenue estimate by half a billion dollars because of weak demand for its gaming chips in China and lower-than-expected data center sales.

Nvidia’s acquisition of Mellanox would also represent a win for activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP, which is a shareholder of the company and reached a deal with it last year over the composition of its board.

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Business Deals, Company Expansions, Stake Acquisitions and Corporate Actions – 25Th Feb – 27Th Feb

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100 sugar mills may face SEBI action; crackdown could freeze cane procurement: Report

Private placement norms allow an unlisted company to privately sell shares to a maximum of 49 people

HG Infra bags an EPC order worth Rs..189.49 crore

HG Infra Engineering has bagged an EPC order worth Rs. 189.49 Crore (Excluding GST & Labour Cess) from Megawide Construction DMCC for Flexible & Rigid Pavement (Runway, Taxiway & Apron) at Green fleld International Airport at MOPA, Goa.

Approval granted for purchase of defence equipment worth Rs.2,700 cr

The meeting of the council, the highest decision-making body for defence purchase, was chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

BEML secures contract valued around Rs.400 crore

BEML received contract for 7 Metro train sets of 6 cars configuration to augment the metro services in Bengaluru valued around Rs. 400 crore.

Time Technoplast up on tie-up with Confidence Petroleum

Shares of Time Technoplast rose nearly 9% touching to Rs. 94.1, as the company has entered into a partnership with Confidence Petroleum for making liquefied petroleum gas available across India in blast proof composite cylinders.

Both the companies expect substantial demand for the composite cylinders over the next three-five years.

Lupin launches Minocycline Hydrochloride ER tablets

Lupin announced the launch of Minocycline Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP 55mg, having received an approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier. Lupin’s Minocycline Hydrochloride ER Tablets USP 55mg is a generic version of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation’s Solodyn 55 mg. It is indicated to treat only inflammatory lesions of non-nodular moderate to severe acne vulgaris in patients 12 years of age and older.

BOI approves fresh issue of equity shares

Bank of India has announced that board of directors at its meeting held on February 26, has approved issue of fresh equity shares to Government of India, through preferential issue in respect of share application money of Rs.4,638 crore received, after obtaining shareholders and other approvals.

NBCC signs MoU with Raipur SMART City

NBCC signs Memorandum of Understanding with Raipur SMART City as its Executing Agency for the various infrastructure works on deposit work basis. Co will charge project management consultancy (PMC) fees of 8% on the actual cost of work.

Adani Enterprises emerges as highest bidder for Guwahati airport

Adani Enterprises has emerged as the highest bidder for Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport of Guwahati at Rs. 160 per passenger, beating National Investment and Infrastructure Fund’s bid of Rs. 155, as per the report. According to report, with this, the group has emerged as the highest bidder for operating, managing and developing six airports. As of now, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Cochin are the only private-run airports in the country.

DHFL slumps as ICRA downgrades its creditworthiness

Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL) fell by 8% to Rs.125.45, after the credit rating agency ICRA downgraded the creditworthiness of DHFL’s commercial papers to A2+ from A1+ citing its inability to raise money and generate new business. ICRA has revised the short-term rating outstanding for the Rs. 8000 crore commercial paper (CP) programme of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL) to [ICRA]A2+ (pronounced ICRA A two plus) from [ICRA]A1+ (pronounced ICRA A one plus). As on date, DHFL has CP outstanding of Rs. 1,525 crore. The company has indicated to ICRA that it shall buyback substantial portion of this amount over the next one month.

Iran buys Indian raw sugar for the first time in 5 years

Iran is buying the sugar from India to use up the rupees it has received for oil sales to India, the worlds third-largest oil user.

UPL hits 18-month high after Jefferies initiates coverage with buy

Jefferies is constructive on the scale benefits, product mix synergies from Arysta which acquired by the company for $4.2 billion in July 2018.

Palladium soars above $1,550 on mine strike fears; gold rises

Spot palladium traded as high as $1,553 per ounce as of 0400 GMT.

ArcelorMittal says facing risks like excess capex on proposed Essar acquisition

The company said it provided a $567 million performance guarantee in connection with the execution of the resolution plan.

Intellect Design bags multi-million $ deal win from Emirates NBD

Intellect Design Arena announced that Emirates NBD, UAE has selected the company for end-to-end digital transformation of its transaction banking business. The transformation is part of the banking group’s commitment to digitise operations, products and services, enhancing its proposition to corporate clients and retail customers. Supported by Intellect Global Transaction Banking (iGTB), the transaction banking and technology specialist from Intellect Design Arena Limited, the planned project is aimed at strengthening Emirates NBD Transaction Banking’s market leadership and will cover the bank’s operations across trade corridors in the UAE, KSA, Egypt, India, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

HP investors meet: 159 MoUs with Rs.17,000 crore investment commitment signed, says CM Jai Ram Thakur

Stating that such initiatives were never taken before in the state, the CM said efforts would be made to ensure clearances for projects faster.

Businesses underestimate the prospects of 5G technology: Accenture Study

The government/public sector has the lowest awareness of 5G, with 59 percent believing it will be 10 times faster than 4G.

BSE stock options: Sebi slaps Rs 32 lakh fine on 6 entities for fraudulent trade

After observing a large-scale reversal of trades in the bourse#39;s stock options segment, Sebi conducted a probe into the trading activity in illiquid stock options on the BSE from April 2014 to September 2015.

GE chief Larry Culp sells biopharma business for $21 billion

Culp said the sale to Danaher, where he was chief executive for more than a decade until 2014, was a pivotal milestone in efforts to turn around the 126-year old conglomerate.

17 lakh names deleted from electoral rolls in Maharashtra

More names were likely to be deleted in the coming weeks as the process of authentication of voters was underway, the ECI official said.

Tata Elxsi collaborates with Portuguese company

Tata Elxsi and NOS announce the launch of the Digital Operations Transformation Toolbox for communication and entertainment service providers. DOTT 2.0 offers an intelligent operations automation framework built using open source technology for user-defined service definition, zero touch provisioning, validation and scheduling of field partners for provisioning and testing scenarios thus enhancing customer digital experience. It also provides an extensible roadmap for service rollout and monitoring use cases, enabling communication service providers to launch new services rapidly. At 1.57 pm, Tata Elxsi was trading at Rs. 905.65, up by 0.06%, with a volume of 6867 shares on the BSE.

RPP Infra Projects wins a new order of Rs.105.7 crore

RPP Infra Projects has secured a LoA (Letter of Acceptance) worth Rs. 105.7 crore from the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board for construction of 972 tenements at Moorthingar Street in Chennai. This project falls under the prestigious Housing for All (PMAY) scheme of the Government of India. RPP lnfra’s order book at the end of Q3FY19 stood at over Rs. 1,555.00 crore & the company has won new orders worth over Rs. 490.00 crore after Q3FY19.

Benelli Leoncino 500, Imperiale 400 confirmed for India launch in 2019

After forging a new partnership with Adishwar Auto Ride India, the Italian manufacturer announced the launch of five new products in 2019.

JSPL lowest bidder in RVLNs 4.45 LT rail tender: MD

RVNL functions as an extended arm of the Ministry of Railways. It is empowered to act as an umbrella special purpose vehicle (SPV) to undertake projects directly or by creating project specific SPVs, according to its website.

India to get 5G by 2021, ban on certain vendors won’t delay roll out: Nokia

The companys CEO Rajeev Suri said that after leading markets like the US, South Korea, China, emerging markets including India, Latin America, and certain developed markets will see roll out of the next generation technology by 2021, where million of trade secrets will flow on the network; and security will be a top priority for businesses.

Adani Ports falls on acquisition plan of Adani Agro

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone fell over 8% to Rs.323, after Adani Logistics, a unit of Adani Ports and SEZ on Saturday announced that it would be acquiring Adani Agri Logistics from Adani Enterprises in an all-cash deal.

KPR Mills to set up Ethanol plant in Karnataka

KPR Mills to set up Ethanol plant at sugar factory in Karnataka with a capacity of 90 kL/day. The Project cost is Rs. 120 crore. Production is expected to commence from next season. This will increase the value addition and reduce the volatility in the sugar business. The Bank finance towards the Project is eligible for 50% lnterest subsidy announced recently by the Central Government.

GST rates on under-construction houses cut to 5% from 12%

The Goods and Tax Council in its meeting on February 24, 2019 cut rates on under-construction properties from 12% to 5% with effect from April 1, 2019 for houses over Rs.45 lakh. The council also reduced GST rates on affordable housing to 1% from the current 8%. However, builders will not be allowed to claim input tax credit under the new GST tax norms.

JBM Group acquires major shareholding in German Auto Major Linde-Wiemann

JBM Group announced that it has acquired a major shareholding in Germany based Linde-Wiemann GmbH KG, a leading manufacturer of complex structural components & assemblies to automotive OEM’s worldwide.

Shilpa Medicare gets USFDA approval for Gemcitabine Injection

Shilpa Medicare received US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) approval for its ANDA, Gemcitabine for Injection USP, 200 mg/vial and 1 g/vial Gemcitabine for Injection USP is a generic equivalent of reference listed drug (RLD), GEMZAR used in the treatment of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer & pancreatic cancer as recommended in the label approved by FDA. According to IQVIA MAT 12/2018, the US market for Gemcitabine for Injection USP, 200 mg/vial and 1 g/vlal is approximately US$ 11.7 Million.

Maruti Suzuki expands pre-owned sales network to 200 outlets

The company had relaunched upgraded True Value network with new brand and retail identity 19 months ago.

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Business Deals, Company Expansions, Stake Acquisitions and Corporate Actions – 18Th Feb – 20Th Feb

Tech Mahindra and Rakuten set up 5G Lab in Tokyo

-The Rakuten Cloud Innovation Laboratory; is a fully automated testing facility that aims to foster innovation across mobile network, IT digital architecture, cloud and enterprise applications, a statement said.

Crypto Exchange Coinbase buys Blockchain intelligence startup

-Neutrino’s technology will aid the crypto exchange to investigate and prevent cybercrimes.

TCS partners with Nanoheal to provide Digital Workspace Automation solution

-The combined solution to offer automated, proactive, self-healing device platform for error-free enterprise workspace.

RBI to inject Rs 12,500-cr liquidity via OMOs on February 21

-The eligible participants should submit their offers in electronic format on the RBI core banking solution (E-Kuber) system on February 21.

HCL Tech wins contract with EDF Luminus

-HCL Technologies won a five year IT infrastructure and application services contract with EDF Luminus, the second largest electricity producer and energy supplier in the Belgian energy market. HCL will help EDF Luminus to transform and modernize its IT infrastructure, applications landscape and will migrate its SAP portfolio to a public cloud environment.

Duke Offshore bags contract from Daewoo-Tata JV

-Duke Offshore has been awarded a prestigious contract by Daewoo – Tata projects Ltd JV to provide one initial high speed vessel to support construction for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link project. The contract is for a period of 2 years with an extension option upto 30 months and will start in the month of February 2019.

Aarti Industries signs Rs.900 cr supply contract for specialty chemical intermediate

-The Mumbai-based company Aarti lndustries have signed a $125 million supply contract with a leading global chemical conglomerate. The contract entails supply of a high value specialty chemical intermediate for a period of 10 years. The plant is expected to commission in Q4 FY 2021, with average annual revenue of $ 12.5 million. The end use of the product is one of the major new growth initiative for the customer. The supply quantities of the contract will be used to seed the market and increase the potential market size of the product.

Alembic Pharma gets USFDA nod for Acetazolamide Extended-Release Capsules

-Alembic Pharmaceuticals has announced that it has received approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) Acetazolamide Extended-Release Capsules, 500 mg. The approved ANDA is therapeutically equivalent to the reference listed drug product (RLD) Diamox Sequels, 500 mg, of Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R&D Inc. Acetazolamide Extended-Release Capsules, 500 mg is indicated for adjunctive treatment of: chronic simple (open-angle) glaucoma, secondary glaucoma, and preoperatively in acute angle-closure glaucoma where delay of surgery is desired in order to lower intraocular pressure. Acetazolamide extended release capsules are also indicated for the prevention or amelioration of symptoms associated with acute mountain sickness despite gradual ascent. Acetazolamide Extended-Release Capsules, 500 mg has an estimated market size of US$ 13.1 million for twelve months ending December 2018 according to IQVIA. Alembic has a cumulative total of 87 ANDA approvals (74 final approvals and 13 tentative approvals) from USFDA.

APL selects Majesco L&A and Group core suite

-Majesco has announced that American Public Life Insurance Company (APL) selected Majesco L&A and Group Core Suite platform as the foundation of its digital business transformation strategy.

Air France and KLM end power struggle, agree to closer ties

-Air France-KLM Chief Financial Officer Frederic Gagey said the Air France-KLM plan involves better coordination and closer sharing of activities such as purchasing.

Essel Propack gets inter corporate deposit

-Essel Propack has received Rs. 40 crore towards repayment of outstanding dues of Inter corporate deposit. Essel has already received Rs. 25.30 crore in last month. The balance amount is expected to be received by March 2019.

Strides gets USFDA nod for Ethosuximide Softgel Capsules

-Strides Pharma Science has announced that its step-down wholly owned subsidiary, Strides Pharma Global Pte. Limited, Singapore, has received approval for Ethosuximide Softgel Capsules USP, 250 mg from the United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA). The product was approved in the first review cycle by the USFDA in less than 10 months of filing under the GDUFA II regime. The product is a generic version of Zarontin Capsules, 250 mg, of Pfizer Inc.

ABB wins order from Indian Railways

-ABB has won its largest traction equipment order in India, worth more than Rs.270 crore to supply state-of-the-art converters for electric locomotives from Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), in Varanasi. The converters are custom designed for Indian Railways and will be manufactured at one of ABB’s largest factories for locomotive applications in Nelamangala, near Bengaluru, in Southern India. ABB’s traction solution is based on the latest technology to bring more reliable trains to passengers, while increasing sustainable transport use by moving from diesel trains to electric. This helps rail operators to achieve significant operational improvements.

Graphite falls as KSPCB order to close Bengaluru unit

-Shares of Graphite India dipped over 3% touching to Rs. 398.35, after the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) ordered the company to close operations at the Bengaluru plant completely. On December 17, the pollution control board had renewed its consent for operations of the company’s electrode plant till June 2020 on the condition that the company shifts its unit from the current location. The company, however, said immediate stoppage of furnaces could be hazardous due to high temperature prevalent in those. To comply with the aforesaid directions, the company said it will shut the furnaces in a phased manner. The management does not expect any material impact on its operations due to the closure order.

Time Techno bags order worth Rs.115 crore

-Time Technoplast has received a prestigious order from a Buyer in Europe for export of 500,000 Composite Cylinders with a total value of over Rs. 115 Crores. This order is planned to be executed by end of Calendar Year 2019. At 1.32 pm, Time Technoplast was trading at Rs. 86, up by 2.26%, with a volume of 0.11 lakh shares on the BSE.

Emami promoters sell 10% stake for Rs.1,600 crore

-Shares of Emami jumped nearly 12% touching to Rs. 398.8, after company promoters divested their stake in the company. The company promoters sold 10% stake in Emami Ltd in a block deal to raise Rs. 1,600 crore to a group of investors which includes SBI Mutual Fund, PremjiInvest, Amundi, IDFC and L&T Mutual Fund; promoters stake will come down to 62.7% from the current 72.7%. The stake sale proceeds will reduce promoter debt which was used in creation of assets like Cement, Solar Power etc.

Future Consumer inks MoU with Choithrams

-Future Consumer (FCL) has announced that company has entered into an arrangement with the Middle East’s leading chain of retail supermarkets, T Choithrams & Sons. FCL and Choithrams have identified an opportunity to strategically partner across the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar to bring FCL’s portfolio of leading brands to consumers across the Middle East. With a network of more than 60 supermarkets across UAE, Bahrain and Qatar, Choithrams will, under this arrangement, market, distribute and retail FCL brand products for sale through its own stores, as well as distribute FCL brands to other retail stores. Reacting to these news shares of the company rose over 3% touching to Rs.45.05. In terms of this arrangement, FCL will be leveraging Choithrams’ reach to export and distribute its core brands under various product categories, comprising initially the Tasty Treat, Sangi’s Kitchen, Desi Atta Company, Golden Harvest and Mother Earth.

Tata Steel sells indirect subsidiary Black Ginger

-TS Global Minerals Holding Pte Ltd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel, had entered into a pact with IMR Asia Holding Pte Ltd to divest its entire stake in Black Ginger.

Cipla to acquire 11.71% stake in Wellthy Therapeutics

-Under the agreement, a multi-lingual clinically-validated digital disease management platform will be made available to patients living with diabetes or cardiovascular diseases via doctors#39; clinics or co-packaging on select Cipla brands.

NLC India gains 2% as co joins hands with NHPC on power trading

-This MoU will create win-win situation for the generators and bulk consumers.

PNC Infratech wins project worth Rs.186 crore

-PNC Infratech has received an order from PWD for a project worth Rs 186.48 crore

Tech Mahindra gains ahead of board meeting

-Shares of Tech Mahindra rose by 3% to Rs.822.5, as board to meet on February 21, 2019, to consider a proposal to buy-back equity shares of the company.

L&T arm wins over Rs 7,000-cr contract for building major airport

-The engineering and construction company, however, did not provide the exact value of the contract; but specified that as per its classification, the mega project is in the range of over Rs 7,000 crore. L&T Construction has secured a mega contract for design and construction of a major airport. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction orders have been secured to execute development works of a major airport. The scope of work includes design, engineering, procurement and construction of Passenger Terminal Building, a new runway, rehabilitation of a runway, taxiways and aprons, a new elevated eastern cross taxiway, landside roads, utility infrastructure, drainage and modifications for the existing Terminal. The project involves baggage handling systems, passenger boarding bridges, airport security systems, visual docking guidance systems, vertical horizontal ransportation, airfield ground lighting, mechanical, electrical and plumbing works. This will increase the existing capacity to 40 Million Passenger Per Annum (40MPPA).

Glenmark gets USFDA nod for Clobetasol Propionate Foam

-Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA has been granted final approval by the United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for Clobetasol Propionate Foam, 0.05%, a generic version of Olux®1 Foam, 0.05%, of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. As per the IQVIATM sales data for the 12 month period ending December 2018, the Olux Foam market achieved annual sales of approximately USD 50.9 million.

JSPL bags additional order from Indian Railways

-Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) has been awarded an additional order for supply of 30,000 tonnes under the same global tender. The additional order enhances the order size by over 30%, with the overall order size now estimated at around Rs.650 crore. So far JSPL has supplied close to 62,400 Tonnes of Rails out of the earlier order, and is in track to complete the 1 lakh Tonne order ahead of time.

Varun Beverages board to raise fund via QIP

-Varun Beverages board to meet on February 26, to enter into a binding agreement with Pepsico India Holding Private Limited (‘Pepsico’) to acquire franchise rights of South and West regions from PepsiCo for a national bottling, sales and distribution footprint in 7 states and 5 Union Territories. Adding further board will also consider raising of capital through Qualified Institutions Placement (QIP).

Titagarh Wagons’ Italian arm bags order worth Rs.1,741 crore

-Titagarh Wagons has announced that Titagarh Firema S.P.A., the wholly owned Subsidiary of the Company in Italy (‘TFA’), has been awarded the Letter of Acceptance for design, manufacture and supply of 54 units of Metro for Ferrovia Circumetnea, Italy. The total value of the LoA is Euro 216 million equivalent to Rs.1,740.60 crore approx. The order book of TFA stands at Euro 320 million, equivalent to Rs.2578.56 crore approx.

VBL board okays plans to acquire PepsiCo franchise rights in South, West India

-The board has approved the companys intent to enter into a binding agreement with PepsiCo India Holdings to acquire franchise rights in the two regions for a national bottling, sales and distribution footprint in seven states and five UTs, Varun Beverages Ltd (VBL) said in a regulatory filing.

Coal India subsidiaries to donate Rs.1.75 cr to martyr’s family

-Vijay Soreng was a resident of Pharsma village in Jharkhand’s Gumla district and he was among the 40 CRPF personnel killed in Pulwama terror attack on February 14.

Indian Oil signs first annual deal to buy up to 3 million tonnes US oil

-State-run IOC had previously purchased US oil from spot markets and signed a mini-term deal in August to buy 6 million barrels of U.S. oil between November to January.

TVS pays homage to spirit and attitude of Indian soldiers with launch of Star City; Kargil Edition;

-TVS says the design is inspired from the snow peaks, rough terrains and disciplined lives of the soldiers who serve the country day and night.

Maruti Suzuki limits use of metals like lead, mercury in its models

-With the implementation of International Material Data System (IMDS), the company will be able to meet international norms and quantify recoverable and recyclable materials in its vehicles, MSI said in a statement.

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Today’s Business Deals, Company Expansions, Stake Acquisitions and Corporate Actions – 15Th Feb

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Tera Software secures order worth Rs.288.64 crore

Tera Software, received orders for various categories of work in Andhra Pradesh Fiber grid Phase 1. The work order is divided into different sections such as operating and maintenance of PT equipment and connectivity projects for Rs. 288.64 crore.

AP Fiber Grid Phase – 1, is one very prestigious project from Andhra Pradesh State Fiber Net (APSFL) for spread fiber grid and other related works. The order work includes the operation & maintenance work of fiber grid network for a period spanning five years. The value of this project is Rs. 252.74 crore.

Order further includes annual maintenance contract (AMC) for PT equipment for Agora Software and software for server of AP Fiber Grid project. This AMC includes services, repair, maintenance and replacement of software, license, hardware and other related equipment. This order is valued at Rs. 33.75 crore.

Further, under AP Last Mile Connectivity Project, work worth Rs. 2.15 crore will be done to provide optical fiber connectivity upto 622 connections to educational institutions from APSFL POP. AP last mile connectivity includes installation and configuration of Optical Fiber Connectivity to deliver services of AP Fiber Grid.

J Kumar Infra wins order worth Rs. 444.98 crore

J Kumar Infraprojects received order worth Rs. 444.98 crore from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

The contract includes part design and construction of viaduct and 3 elevated stations viz, IIT Powai, Kanjur Mark and Vikhroli (EEH).

Alembic Pharma gets USFDA for eye drops

Alembic Pharmaceuticals has received approval from the USFood & Drug Administration (USFDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) Moxifloxacin Ophthalmic Solution USP, 0.5%. The approved ANDA is therapeutically equivalent to the reference listed drug product (RLD) Vigamox Ophthalmic Solution USP, 0.5%, of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Moxifloxacin Ophthalmic Solution USP, 0.5% is indicated for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis caused by
susceptible strains of certain organisms.

Moxifloxacin Ophthalmic Solution USP, 0.5% has an estimated market size of US$ 68 million for twelve months ending December 2018 according to IQVIA.

Alembic has a cumulative total of 86 ANDA approvals (73 final approvals and 13 tentative approvals) from USFDA.

Kridhan Infra wins order worth Rs. 187 crore in Singapore

Kridhan Infra has announced that its Singapore based 100% subsidiary KH Foges Pte. Ltd. has been awarded a new order in Singapore worth S$ 36 Million (Rs. 187 Crore).

KH Foges has been contracted to execute Piling Works & Earthworks for a Sports & Recreation Centre For a Proposed 6-Storey Sports Centre Comprising Punggol Drive and is to be executed over a period of 6-7 months.

With this new project wins, the total order book for KH Foges has climbed to above S$[90] million. The company is now the 2nd largest foundation engineering company in Singapore, possessing the prestigious L6 certification, which enables them to bid for unlimited value projects for piling work. KH Foges is a 100% subsidiary of KIL.

Heavy truck major Ashok Leyland earmarks Rs 1,000 crore capex with focus on light trucks

Ashok Leyland, the country’s third biggest commercial vehicle producer, has lined up investments for a slew of projects for FY20 even as the truck and bus maker gets busy to expand its portfolio in the light-duty segment.

The Chennai-based company will be investing around Rs 1,000 crore as capital expenditure (capex) next financial year. These would be in areas of electric vehicles, light commercial vehicles and capacity enhancement programs.

Ashwani Lohani takes charge as Air India CMD

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on February 13 cleared Lohani#39;s re-induction on a contract basis for a one-year tenure.

L&T wins order for power line, water treatment plants

The construction arm of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has won orders across its power transmission & distribution (PT&D) business and water & effluent treatment business. At 10.01 am, L&T was trading at Rs. 1226.20 up by

Edelweiss, Bank of Singapore sign MoU for strategic partnership

“This is the first time that an Indian wealth manager of Edelweiss; size and stature is partnering with an offshore private bank,” Edelweiss Financial Services said in a BSE filing.

RBI imposes Rs 5 cr penalty on four PSU banks

The monetary penalty on the banks has been imposed for non-compliance with various directions issued by RBI on monitoring of end use of funds, exchange of information with other banks, classification and reporting of frauds, and on restructuring of accounts, RBI said in a statement.

Airbus to scrap production of A380 superjumbo

Airbus said in a statement that the last A380 would be delivered in 2021.

2. World News

Shell buys German solar battery maker sonnen

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy German residential solar battery maker sonnen, as the oil and gas major expands its electricity business in its bid for a bigger role in the global transition to low-carbon energy.

Alibaba takes 8 percent stake in Chinese video platform Bilibili: Xinhua

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has bought an 8 percent stake in Chinese video platform Bilibili Inc, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

Russia’s VTB buys 80 percent of Magnit’s pension fund

Russia’s second-largest lender VTB Bank said on Thursday it had purchased an 80.01 percent stake in the pension fund of Russian food retailer Magnit.

IHG buys Six Senses Hotels business for $300 million

InterContinental Hotels Group has agreed to buy the brands and operating companies of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas for $300 million in cash, the owner of the Crowne-Plaza and Holiday Inn chains said on Wednesday, in a move that beefs up its luxury portfolio.

Japan Exchange Group, TOCOM to merge this year: sources

Japan Exchange Group Inc (JPX), owner of Tokyo Stock Exchange, and the Tokyo Commodity Exchange Inc have decided to merge, two sources with direct knowledge of the talks said, as Japan pushes to create an all-in-one bourse.

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Today’s Business Deals, Company Expansions, Stake Acquisitions and Corporate Actions

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Today’s Business Deals, Company Expansions, Stake Acquisitions and Corporate Actions – 13Th Feb

Goldman Sachs, Point72 and others invest $44 million in business credit startup Nav

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nav, a startup that gives small businesses free access to their credit reports, said on Monday that it had raised $44 million from investors including Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N), Point72 Ventures and Experian Ventures (EXPN.L). Read More…

R Venkataramanan to exit as managing trustee of Tata Trusts

As the managing trustee of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Venkataramanan was responsible for management and oversight of the organisation.

L&T bags fresh order from a private developer

L&T Construction secured a Design and Build order for the construction of hospitals from a private developer in India. This is a first-of-its-kind private sector project that incorporates National Disaster Management Authority guidelines and will have base isolators in the foundation to withstand the worst-case seismic scenarios.

The project that will feature 37 linear accelerator bunkers has to be completed within stringent timelines of 30 months. The business has also secured another order for the construction of a hospital in Udupi, Karnataka.

At 10.20 am, L&T was trading at Rs. 1,238.50 down by 0.49%, with a volume of 0.22 lakh shares on the BSE.

T-Mobile CEO defends Sprint deal in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc Chief Executive John Legere defended his company’s $26 billion deal to buy rival wireless carrier Sprint Corp in Congress on Wednesday, stressing the jobs it will create and how it will benefit construction of the next generation of wireless networks. Read More..

Tech platform Smallcase raises $8 mn in Series A Funding from Sequoia India

Smallcase Technologies, the Bengaluru-based company which operates platforms for individual investors to invest in portfolios of stocks ETFs with their existing demat accounts, announced that it has raised $8 million from leading investors.

Amazon, GM in talks to invest in electric pickup truck maker Rivian: sources

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc and General Motors Co are in talks to invest in Rivian Automotive LLC in a deal that would value the U.S. electric pickup truck manufacturer at between $1 billion and $2 billion, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. Read more..

Reliance Capital arm files DRHP with SEBI

Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd has filed the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI. RGICL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Capital Ltd. The IPO comprises a fresh issue of equity shares by the company aggregating up to Rs. 200 crore, and an offer for sale by Reliance Capital Ltd of up to 7,94,89,821 shares face value of Rs. 10.

Lupin launches Tadalafil Tablets USP

Lupin Global launched Tadalafil Tablets USP 20 mg, having got nod from United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) earlier.

It is generic equivalent of Eli Lilly’s Adcirca Tablets 20 mg & indicated for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension to improve exercise ability.

Strides gets USFDA nod for intermediate-acting synthetic drug

Strides Pharma Science announced that its step-down wholly owned subsidiary, Strides Pharma Global Pte. Ltd, Singapore, has received approval for Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream USP, 0.025%, 0.1% and 0.5%. from the United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA). The product is a generic version of Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream of Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.

According to IQVIA MAT data, the US market for Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream USP, 0.025%, 0.1% and 0.5%. is approximately US$ 55 Mn. The product will be manufactured at flagship facility in Bangalore and will be marketed by Strides Pharma Inc. in the US market.

The company has 86 cumulative ANDA filings with USFDA of which 56 ANDAs have been approved including 12 approvals received in FY 19.

At 10.12 am, Strides Pharma Science was trading at Rs.405.25, down by 1.70%, with a volume of 0.39 lakh shares on the BSE.

Infosys sets up digital innovation centre in Providence, US

Infosys, like many of its peers, has been ramping local hiring in key markets like the US, the UK and Australia to tackle increasing scrutiny around work visas by various governments.

Government proposes to sell entire stake in Air India ground handling arm AIATSL

The government would offload 98 percent stake through strategic sale and the remaining 2 percent would be offered to the employees of AIATSL.

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Today’s Business Deals, Company Expansions and Stake Acquisitions

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Today’s Business Deals, Company Expansions and Stake Acquisitions – 11Th Feb

Glenmark Pharma gets USFDA nod for drug for patients on dialysis

“Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc, USA (Glenmark) has been granted final approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for Sevelamer Hydrochloride tablets in the strengths of 400 mg and 800 mg,” the company said in a BSE filing.

Engineers India Ltd wins consultancy contract for Mangolia refinery

Engineers India Ltd and the Mongolian government through Mongol Refinery State Owned LLC signed a Memorandum of Understanding on February 10 on the sidelines of the Petrotech conference in the outskirts of Delhi.

TCS partners with JDA Software to develop cognitive supply chain solutions

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced a global partnership with JDA Software, the leading provider of end-to-end supply chain and retail solutions, to build next-generation cognitive solutions, and offer consulting and system integration services around digital technologies, to optimize supply chains for customers worldwide.

The partnership will leverage the TCS Business 4.0™ thought leadership framework and JDA luminate™ solutions portfolio to develop joint, interoperable technology solutions for supply chains of the future. These solutions will use TCS’ Machine-First™ Delivery Model to accelerate human-machine collaboration to solve complex business problems, faster and better, delivering multi-fold productivity improvements and transforming customer experience.

Through these solutions, enterprises can harness the power of cloud, AI and Ml, allowing them to gain complete supply chain visibility and receive prescriptive recommendations to make accurate, profitable business decisions. Businesses will benefit from real-time predictive analytics and cloud-driven business models that help realize outcome-based supply chain transformations.

TCS will establish an end-to-end Cognitive Supply Chain lab at its Business Solutions lab in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA to develop quick proofs of concept.

At 11.31 am, Tata Consultancy Services was trading at Rs. 2085.95, up by 1.12%, with a volume of 0.31 lakh shares on the BSE.

Amazon-Future Group deal in limbo

E-commerce giant Amazon has put its plan to buy stake in Kishore Biyani’s Future Group on hold, Business Standard reported. In November, Amazon, through its investment arm, had reportedly signed a term sheet to buy a 9.5% stake in Future Retail for about Rs.2,500 crore. The report also said, Amazon was reassessing the More retail chain stake buy given India’s uncertain retail climate. In September, it announced acquiring a stake in More supermarkets from Aditya Birla Retail through Witzig Advisory Services along with co-investor Samara Capital.

Reliance ups stake in Future101, Genesis Colors

Reliance Brands Ltd (RBL), a subsidiary Reliance Industries Ltd, has acquired a further 2.5% stake in Future101 Design Pvt Ltd (Future101) for a consideration of Rs.1.99 crore, said RIL in a BSE filing. The company now holds a 15 per cent stake in Future101. RIL’s another subsidiary Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL) has acquired additional 9.44 per cent stake in Genesis Colors Ltd (GCL) for a consideration of Rs 45 crore taking its total stake in GCL to 29.07%.

KPR Mill to expand its production at existing unit

KPR Mill is adding another 10 million Garment capacity in its existing facility and also expanding Processing capacity to match the increased Garments’ requirements.

With this the total capacity is increased to 115 Million Garments per annum and the Processing to 22,000 MT per annum.

At 11.02 am, KPR Mill was trading at Rs. 529.25, up by 0.19%, with a volume of 288 lakh shares on the BSE.

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Dhoot Transmission acquires Bengaluru’s San Electromec

PTI: Dhoot Transmission acquires San Electromec for undisclosed sum.

The Aurangabad-headquartered manufacturer of wiring harness for two-wheelers said the acquisition will help it enhance its portfolio, especially in railways, defence, construction and specialty vehicle segments.

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Auto component maker Dhoot Transmission on Monday said it has acquired Bengaluru-based wire harness and control panel maker, San Electromec for an undisclosed sum.

The Aurangabad-headquartered manufacturer of wiring harness for two-wheelers said the acquisition will help it enhance its portfolio, especially in railways, defence, construction and specialty vehicle segments.

The company, however, did not share financial details and the quantum of stake acquired.

This is the fourth acquisition by Dhoot Transmission after taking over Parkinson Harness Technology (UK), TFC Cable Assemblies (Scotland) and a JV into automotive switches and controllers with Carling Technologies, US.

“With this acquisition, we aim to expand geographically, while adding new capabilities and client markets. It is our endeavour to support the existing San Electromec facility in every way and grow the enterprise as best as we can together,” Dhoot Transmission Managing Director, Rahul Dhoot said in a statement.

He further said San Electromec has “tremendous capabilities, product knowledge and long-standing, strong relationships with many of the premier companies in the industry”.

The “acquisition helps us create synergies between Parkinson, UK, and San, both being strong players in the off-highway electrical segment; and to harness this synergy we have created Parkinson San Systems Pvt. Ltd,” Dhoot added.

San Electromec Managing Director Sanjeev Mehra said the deal will help the company “scale up on the existing client base in harness and control panels, while being supported by strong operations and expertise of Dhoot, coupled with economy of scale benefits that we intend to extend to our clientele”.

Dhoot Transmission has 15 manufacturing locations spread over India, United Kingdom, Europe and Thailand. It has presence in wiring harnesses, moulding and tooling for automotive, construction, farming, off-roading, specialty vehicle segment.

San Electromec on the other hand offers solutions ranging from cabling systems, wiring harnesses and control panels and has clients including counts Wirtgen, Volvo, BEML and Tata Motors among others, the statement said.

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Aurobindo Pharma to acquire Apotex’s operations in European countries

PTI: Aurobindo Pharma on Monday said it has completed the Euro 74-million deal to acquire Apotex’s operations in European countries

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Aurobindo PharmaNSE 0.26 % Monday said it has completed the EUR 74-million deal to acquire Apotex’s commercial operations and certain supporting infrastructure in five European countries.

The company had inked a binding agreement on July 14, 2018, to acquire five of Apotex’ European businesses, including infrastructure, personnel, products, certain established trademarks, marketing authorisations and dossier licence rights in Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium, Aurobindo Pharma said in a regulatory filing.

This announcement does not constitute a recommendation to shareholders or potential investors, it added.

Aurobindo Pharma shares were trading 0.94 per cent down at Rs 753.50 apiece on the BSE.

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Morgan Stanley to buy Canada’s Solium Capital for $900m

(Reuters) – Morgan Stanley said on Monday it would buy Canadian employee stock plans manager Solium Capital for C$1.1 billion ($900 million).

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Morgan Stanley announced Monday it would buy Canadian employee stock plans manager Solium Capital Inc. for $900 million.

Morgan Stanley will be paying $900 million, or C$19.15 ($14.42) per share for the software company, more than a 40% premium over Friday’s closing price of C$13.36 ($10.06).

Solium Capital is a global provider of software-as-a-service for equity administration, financial reporting and compliance. Morgan Stanley said the acquisition will position it to be an industry leader in workplace wealth solutions by marrying a major stock plan administration platform with a wealth management business.

“The acquisition provides Morgan Stanley with broader access to corporate clients and a direct channel to their employees, as well as a greater opportunity to establish and develop relationships with a younger demographic and service this population early in their wealth accumulation years,” said James Gorman, chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, in a press release.

The deal is expected to close by the end of June.

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