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ECBs and FCCBs Dropped 6% in Dec 2009 !

external commercial borrowings (ECBs) and foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs) have dropped 6% in December 2009


Total approvals received by Indian companies to raise capital by way of external commercial borrowings (ECBs) and foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs) have dropped 6% in December 2009 to $1.56 billion as against $1.66 billion in December 2008.


This is as per the data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).


Total approvals received by Indian companies to raise capital by ECBs and FCCBs stood at $2.35 billion in November 2009.

There were about 68 deals in December 2009, out of which three deals were by way of FCCBs.


Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt Ltd raised $402 million by way of ECBs for new projects for a maturity period of eight years and 11 months.


“The ECB market is definitely looking bullish for 2010, however the robustness will not be the way it was in 2007.

Indian banks are also not lending to the corporates here.

Hence, there will be appetite for foreign funds. However, there is a challenge on the forex fluctuation risk as well,” noted Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head with SMC Capital.


According to market analysts, more Indian companies are going to take the ECB route to raise funds, with the interest rates heading northwards in India.

Currently there is also more demand for short-term funds.




Downward Movement Hits Indian Equities Markets

Downward Movement Hits Indian Equities Markets

Downward Movement Hits Indian Equities Markets

Indian equities markets entered into a consolidation zone with analysts terming the downward movement as long expected.

A benchmark index fell 5.44 percent from its last weekly close and ended trade below the 16,000-mark.


The 30-share sensitive index (Sensex) ended 914.53 points, or 5.44 percent lower, at 15,896.28 points at the weekly close Friday, as opposed to the previous week’s close at 16,810.81 points.

The broader S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), too slipped, closing at 4,711.7 points, down 5.7 percent from its last weekly close.

However, companies with large-to-medium market capitalization saw greater selling with the BSE midcap index ending 7.36 percent lower and the BSE smallcap index losing 8.01 percent over the last week.

“This consolidation was expected anyways as the valuations were not commensurate with the earnings of corporates. To an extent a correction in valuations was warranted,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equities head of brokerage and capital markets consultancy SMC Capital.

The markets started on a cautious note Monday ahead of the Reserve Bank of India‘s mid-year policy review Tuesday.

The Sensex ended a volatile day at 16,740.50 points — 70.31 points or 0.42 percent lower than Friday’s close.

The Nifty followed a similar trajectory and ended in negative at 4,970.9 points, down 0.52 percent.

Both benchmark indices nosedived Tuesday as the RBI indicated in its policy review that it would start tightening the monetary policy and look at exiting the stimulus measures.


Data with markets watchdog Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) showed that foreign funds were net sellers during the week, having sold scrips worth $12.8 million.

The top gainers this week on the Sensex were

Tata Motors (up 7.2 percent),
Ranbaxy Labs (up 4.8 percent),
Wipro (up 2.9 percent),
Grasim (up 1.6 percent) and
Hindustan Unilever (up 1 percent).

The top losers were :

DLF (down 18.5 percent),
Reliance Capital (down 14.5 percent),
Reliance Infrastructure (down 14.2 percent),
Hindalco (down 13.9 percent) and
Reliance Power (down 12.9 percent).

“Broadly speaking only about one percent of the quarterly results show a sound top line growth. Profits might have increased, but that is not because of increase in core operations – cost cutting and other income have contributed towards it,” said Thunuguntla.


Foreign Investors Poured $9 Billion in Indian Stock Market :)


Foreign investors have poured Rs 43,837 crore (USD 9.05 billion) into the country’s stock markets so far this year, reflecting confidence of foreign funds in the Indian equity markets.


At the close on Wednesday, overseas investors were gross buyer of shares worth 4,17,121 crore and gross sellers of stocks valued at Rs 3,73,283 crore, resulting in a net flow of Rs 43,837 crore into the stock markets so far this year.

This latest data has been announced by the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).


Significantly, the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex has gained nearly 73 per cent so far this year.


The National Stock Exchange barometer Nifty – composed of 50 shares — has also advanced fairly and for the first time in more than a year it touched 5,000 level on Thursday.

(Read more about that on previous blog).

Global fund houses have made a total net investment of Rs 3,564 crore so far in September, according to the SEBI data.


After pulling out a huge sum of Rs 52,986 crore (USD 11.9 billion) from the local stock markets, foreign investors are now moving their money towards emerging economies like India.


However in debt market segment, overseas investors have not turned net investor so far this year.

FIIs were net sellers of debt instruments worth Rs 527 crore (USD 49 million) in 2009 so far according to the latest data received from the market regulatory body,SEBI.


Venture capitalists have little fancy for Indian start-ups

Venture capitalists have little fancy for Indian start-ups

Dreamy-eyed Indian entrepreneurs, hoping to talk their way into getting venture capital for their start-ups might as well look elsewhere for funding.


It doesn’t happen in India, not often anyway, investors and experts in the industry, maintain.

Venture capitalists in India only prefer growth-stage companies — firms already up and running that need money for expansion.

Most start-up entrepreneurs, as a result, dive into their own pockets or banks, or draw funds from family and friends.

Seed capital for a new business has not come of age in India, they added.

The concept of seed capital does not exist in India, there are a few funds which have come up of late, but it is minuscule compared to the need and potential.

And the problem has also compounded by the current economic scenario, where financial institutions are more concerned with keeping their capital safe than risk their funds with a new venture.

Venture capital firms invested $740 million India in 2008 compared to $876 million in the previous year.

‘The number of deals were also down to 125 in 2008 from 144 in 2007.

Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head at SMC Capitals, has an explanation.

‘The confidence among foreign funds, be it venture capital or private equity, hasn’t been restored after what happened back home.’

According to him, these funds will start returning to the equities markets first, and later look at other avenues.

Among start-ups, too, there is intense competition to get venture capital funding.

And more often, there is one set of firms that comes up tops — IT-based businesses or companies that use the web to reach out to customers, said veteran venture capitalists.

A lot of venture capital firms look favourably at IT start-ups because once the concept takes off it is easier for such businesses to scale up.

Also venture capitalists generally have a Silicon Valley background and have a greater understanding of such types of business models.

Past record also matters — a larger number of IT firms have given attractive returns.

‘There is a reasonably long list of IT firms — MindTree, Spectramind, Mphasis, Daksh, — which have delivered good exits for venture capitalists.

Perhaps, that’s the reason why people like Manish Malhotra – who quit his position with a top bank to start a hospitality agency – are still floundering with their business.

‘Venture capital is difficult to get. I come from the banking industry and know people. But even then it hasn’t been easy at all to convince them that my plans will work,’ Malhotra said.

Dreamy-eyed Indian entrepreneurs, hoping to talk their way into getting venture capital for their start-ups might as well look elsewhere for funding.

Market continues its thrust on 10/6/2009:)

Market continues its thrust

Market continues its thrust

After a spectacular opening, the key benchmark indices extended gains on sustained buying by foreign funds.

Foreign funds bought shares worth Rs. 955.31 crore on Tuesday 9 June 2009.

Indian stocks roared on expectations that ample liquidity in pipeline and a return of risk appetite will nudge India Inc corporate profits. India Inc has already raised almost Rs. 5,000 crore from three qualified institutional placements (QIPs) so far in 2009 and announced plans to raise another Rs 20,000 crore.

On the sectoral front, out of 13 Indices, all were traded in green.

Oil stocks advanced as crude oil surged towards $71 a barrel for the first time in seven months on a larger-than-expected fall in crude oil stocks and a view that falling oil demand may have bottomed.

IT stocks fell on stronger rupee.

Banking stocks gained on reports the Reserve Bank of India may standardize the way banks calculate their prime lending rates (RLRs) and bar them from lending below their respective PLRs for more transparency.

Metal stocks gained as six metals traded on the London Stock Exchange jumped 3.8% overnight.

The Market breadth, indicating the overall strength of the market, was strong.

On BSE, out of 2,717 stocks traded so far, 1,411 shares advanced while 1,241 shares declined. Nearly 65 shares are unchanged.

Major gainers from the BSE Sensex pack are

Wipro Ltd 5.96% to Rs. 449.00, along with,

Tata Power Ltd spurted 5.70% to Rs. 1,205.35,

HDFC Bank Ltd spurted 5.66% to Rs. 1,495.50,

Larsen & Toubro 4.97%% to Rs. 1,652.00,

Reliance Infrastructure Ltd by 4.76% to Rs. 1,204.00,

Sterlite Industries Ltd by 4.61% to Rs. 684.00,

ONGC Ltd by 4.30% to Rs. 1,180.00,

Hindustan Uniliver Ltd rose 3.74% to Rs. 266.00 and

Bharti Airtel Ltd 3.17% to Rs. 838.55 among others.

Losers from the BSE Sensex Pack are

DLF Ltd plunged 0.98% to Rs. 398.75 along with

Tata Motors Ltd fell 0.68% to Rs. 366.00,

State Bank of India 0.41% to Rs. 1,756..00 and

Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd by 0.36% to Rs. 1,331.00 among others.