Archive for October 22nd, 2009

In India, PE & VC Funds Turn Selective :)

PE and VC funds in India have tightened their purse strings.

PE and VC funds in India have tightened their purse strings.

Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) funds in India have tightened their purse strings.

That鈥檚 because limited partners (LPs) 鈥攖he main source of funding for venture capitalists 鈥攁re reducing their exposure in this space.

According to industry estimates, there has been a drop in new investments to the tune of 71% during the first nine months of 2009 as compared to the same period last year.

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Industry experts say limited partners are miffed with the returns shown by the general partners, who manage the fund and its operations on a daily basis.

Many LPs are looking at better returns and shorter investment term cycles, instead.

LPs have instructed some of their funds to conserve cash and value in the existing portfolio. Some limited partners are not investing in private equity funds on an incremental basis.

This assumes significance in the current context because it鈥檚 tough to raise fresh funds, and the competition to attract limited partners to VCs is quite intense.

A venture capital firm is usually structured in the form of a limited liability partnership and people who invest in it are limited partners.

In India, the bulk of venture capital inflow is from Foreign markets like the US and Europe, with limited partners mostly being institutional investors such as pension funds and insurance companies and family offices who are mostly based out of the US.

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Indian venture funds are also in place, many of which tap money from overseas by means of an offshore fund.

With new funds not in sight, private equity and venture capital firms are also becoming selective.

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POTATOES鈥︹︹OOD SOURCE OF VITAMIN M (MONEY) Part Two

Hello Friends, just an extension of our previous blog on Commodity Check where we touched upon the aspects like production and price movement of Potato.

Potato Position in Indian Snacks Market

Potato Position in Indian Snacks Market

Now we would read into the consumption pattern and position of Potato in Indian Snacks Market and many more related aspects in this regard.

Indian Snacks Market

Potato consumption is expanding strongly in developing countries, where potato is an increasingly important source of food, employment and income.

The Indian snacks market is worth around US$ 3 billion, with the organized segment taking half the market share, and has an annual growth rate of 15-20 per cent.

The unorganized snacks market is worth US$ 1.56 billion, with a growth rate of 7-8 per cent per year.

There exists consumer as well as bulk markets for potato wafers and chips even in far flung rural areas owing primarily to the following reasons:-

路Rapid urbanization and improving standards of living

路Easy availability

路Convenient packaging

路Affordable prices

路Nutritious values

Income growth in India has led to an increase in consumption of Western-type goods, such as French fries, which continue to be this country’s most important potato export product.

Consumers are willing to pay a premium for both value-added private and branded products, creating immense opportunities for manufacturers and retailers.

Though there exists some international as well as national brands but majority of the market base is under the control of local manufacturers.

PepsiCo India has partnered with more than 10,000 farmers working in over 10,000 acres across Punjab, U.P., Karnataka, Jharkand, West Bengal, Kashmir and Maharashtra for the supply of potatoes.

Potato sourced under contract farming accounts for roughly 55% to 58% of the US giant’s annual snack making requirement.

The company is trying to procure potato through contract farming from Bihar and Jharkhand and process upto 30,000 ton of potato at its Sankrail factory in West Bengal by 2010.

Strengthening Stimulus

Stimulus spending and festivals strengthening demand may add to on-going demand, the prices can be driven by supply-side bottlenecks.

India’s industrial output grew at its fastest pace in 22 months in August, 2009.

Inflation is rising; production is rising fast, so logically the data does suggest that it makes sense to move.

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Corporate Bonds to be Routed through Clearing Houses: SEBI

Trade in corporate bonds would have to be routed through clearing houses from very soon

Trade in corporate bonds would have to be routed through clearing houses from very soon

Market regulator SEBI has said that trade in corporate bonds would have to be routed through clearing corporations from December 1, a move that experts say would check factors that aggravated financial crisis.

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Directives of the Sebi will be applicable to corporate bond trading that are not currently settled through clearing corporations or clearing houses of stock exchanges.

“It has now been decided that, all trades in corporate bonds between specified entities shall necessarily be cleared and settled through the National Securities Clearing Corp (NSCCL) or Indian Clearing Corp (ICCL),” it said.

The specified entities are mutual funds, foreign institutional investors/ sub-accounts, venture capital funds, foreign venture capital investors, portfolio managers, and RBI regulated entities, the Sebi said.

“The provisions of this circular shall be applicable to all corporate bonds traded Over The Counter (OTC) or on debt segment of stock exchanges on or after Dec 01, 2009,” it said.

SMC Capitals Equity Head Jagannadham Thunuguntla said, “It is a learning from the global financial crisis.聽 One of the major reasons for the crisis to be so severe was that many fancy financial instruments were traded OTC with no records.”

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