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SEBI Chief Bhave Displeased with Overpricing of IPOs

CB Bhave, the Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), has voiced his concern over the unrealistic pricing of initial public offers (IPOs) by investment bankers. The chairman stated  that the bankers should not overlook the interests of investors at large just to maximize returns for promoters, as it is they who feel the brunt when the steeply priced shares of companies decline when market tide overturns. Bhave stated “in a bid to maximise returns for promoters, they (investment bankers) are not looking at the interests of investors…. You need to introspect whether it is a healthy practice. If you keep investors disappointed day in and day out, the cause of investors will only be a lip service.”

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Bhave’s displeasure on the IPOs by companies at prices disproportionate to their revenues, profits and net worth came after a recent report by one of the leading rating agency showed that out of the 116 IPOs that surfaced between August 2007 and August 2010 as high as 62% of the IPOs are trading lower than their respective price bands. In addition, the BSE IPO index which gained 14.5% in the last 12 months underperformed against the Sensex which increased by 19.45%.

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The investment banker’s ploy of quoting near-zero fees to garner divestment issuances too has not gone down well with the SEBI Chairman who expressed reservations over the prcatice as he stated “they need to decide as to whether they can go on charging zero fees for doing work. What mechanism they evolve is for them to decide.”  He also is of the belief that a code of conduct or ethics should be put into practice to avoid such competition. ‘The industry body can do this by bringing in a certain degree of quality and behaviour,’ said Bhave.

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IDFC leads the gainers of group ‘A’ on BSE

Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) is currently trading at Rs 204.80, up by 9.15 points or 4.68% from its previous closing of Rs 195.65 on the BSE.

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The scrip opened at Rs 197.00 and has touched a high and low of Rs 205.30 and Rs. 196.00 respectively. So far 1985833 shares were traded on the counter.

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The BSE group ‘A’ stock of face value Rs 10 has touched a 52 week high of Rs 201.05 on 16-Sep-2010 and a 52 week low of Rs 139.80 on 04-Nov-2009.

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Last one week high and low of the scrip stood at Rs 205.30 and Rs 191.10 respectively. The current market cap of the company is Rs 29243.72 crore.

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The Institutions holding in the company stood at 86.68% and Non institution were holding 13.32% of stake respectively.

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The other top gainers of BSE group ‘A’ were DLF up by 4.86%, Centeral Bank up by 4.58%, Aban Offshore up by 4.57%, Federal Bank up by 4.48% and Everest Kanto up by 4.38%

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The Institutions and Non-Institutions holding in the company stood at 86.68% and 13.32% respectively.

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Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) is planning to mop up about Rs 3,400 crore via issue of long-term bonds which is expected to open in the first week of October. In this regard, the company has already filed the draft papers with the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

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According to the Draft Shelf Prospectus, the said bonds will have the face value of Rs 5,000 and some part will be utilized for infrastructure lending. This will be the first public issue under the new rule that allows tax benefits for investment in long-term infrastructure bonds.

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The company has reported a net profit of Rs 319.71 crore for the quarter ending on June 30, 2010 against Rs 243.49 crore for the quarter ending on June 30, 2009, up 31.30%.

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The company provides financial assistance to various segments such as power, roads, ports, telecommunications, information technology, urban infrastructure, healthcare, education infrastructure, food and agri-business infrastructure, healthcare and tourism.

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Indian Stock Traders To Contend With Fewer Holidays in 2010 !

Indian Stock Traders To Contend With Fewer Holidays in 2010

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Indian brokerages and traders would have to contend with fewer trading holidays in 2010, going by the list of weekdays on which the markets will remain closed in 2010.

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Moreover, they would have to put in longer hours this year owing to the decision of stock exchanges to increase the trading hours.

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In comparison to 2009, when there were 19 holidays throughout the year, the projected number of public holidays in 2010 has dropped to just 11, including the first day of the year.

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As per the official of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), this is certainly not by design.

Eight holidays this year — including Dussehra, Guru Nanak’s birthday, Christmas, Independence Day — fall either on a Saturday or Sunday,” he said.

“It’s only that we have mentioned them on our holiday list.”

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According to SMC Capital’s Jagannadham Thunuguntla, the Securities and Exchange Board of India was already contemplating a cut in the number of holidays to align the Indian markets with other peers, where trading holidays are restricted to six-seven a year.

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“This year, coincidentally, this has fallen in place. Many festivals and events are on weekends. That’s why, if you notice, today has been declared a holiday as a consolation to us,” Thunuguntla told.

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The authorities at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE) have not only increased the trading hours by 55 minutes but have also decided not to advance the opening bell this year .

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From Jan 4 onwards, trading will commence at 9 a.m., while the closing bell will ring at 3.30 p.m. in a move intended to woo foreign funds from other major Asian markets like Singapore and Hong Kong.

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IPO NEWS


PNC Infratech files DRHP, to raise Rs 175 cr via IPO

Delhi based engineering and infrastructure company, PNC Infratech is planning to raise Rs 175 crore (excluding issue related expenses) via initial public offering (IPO).The company refiled a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI after its initial filing on January 17, 2008 .The company intends to utilize the issue proceeds for investment in capital equipment; working capital requirements and prepayment/repayment of loans & advances.

Kumar Urban Development to raise Rs 450cr via IPO

Pune-based real estate firm Kumar Urban Development Ltd plans to raise Rs 450 Cr through an initial public offering (IPO) to retire high cost debts and for new projects. According to the Chairman and Managing Director Lalit Kumar Jain about Rs 200 Cr. would be used to retire high cost debt, while the rest would be for new development and existing projects.

Den Networks to list on Nov 24, issue price at Rs 195/sh

Den Networks, a cable distribution entity with a pan-Indian footprint, will list its equity shares on the exchanges on November 24, 2009 (Tuesday). It has fixed its issue price at Rs 195 per share. The company had entered the capital market on October 28, 2009, with an initial public offering (IPO) of up to 2 crore equity shares and the price band was at Rs 195-205/share. The IPO Proceeds will partly fund the company’s plans to invest in the development of cable television infrastructure and services; the development of cable broadband infrastructure and services; and acquisition of content and broadcasting rights amongst others.

Companies may have to list within 7 days of IPO’s

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) plans to reduce the time taken to process initial public offers (IPO) applications to seven days from the existing 20 days. Further, the capital market regulator intends to extend the Application Supported by Blocked Amount (ASBA) system to non-retail investor categories, to reduce the overall time for the IPO process. In ASBA, an IPO applicant’s money does not leave his bank account till shares are allotted to him. At present, this facility is available only to retail investors.

Ashoka Buildcon plans IPO to raise Rs 225-cr

Ashoka Buildcon Ltd, the flagship company of the Ashoka Group, which operates many roads and bridges in India on build, operate and transfer basis (BOT), plans to raise Rs 225 crore through an Initial Public Offer (IPO). The amount raised from the IPO will be used to repay debt and to meet working capital requirements. The company has so far built a road network totaling approximately 2,523 kilometers of lanes in the country. The company also has 13 ready-mix concrete plants which have a capacity of 590 cubic meters per hour.

SEBI Allows Auctions for QIBs in FPOs :)

SEBI Allows Auctions for QIBs in FPOs

Market regulator, SEBI has introduced a significant change in the way institutional bidders invest in follow-on public offers by allowing allotments through auctions.

 

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has amended the Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements Regulations (ICDR) to allow pure auctions for qualified institutional investors (QIBs) in follow-on public offerings to begin with.


The method may be later extended to initial public offerings.

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Under the new method, bidders will be free to bid at any price above the floor price.

At present, allotments are made at the floor price.

Retail investors, however , will be allotted shares at the floor price.

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The board also decided that the issuer is free to place a cap either in terms of the number of shares or percentage to issued capital of the company so that a single bidder does not garner all the shares on offer, ensuring a wider distribution of shareholding.

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Jagannadham Thunuguntla, Equity Head,  SMC Capitals, said this means an institutional investor can continue to bid above the floor price and the QIB allotment will be made to the highest bidder.


“The intent is to enable companies to mop up more funds. Earlier, even when there were huge subscriptions and huge demand for an issue, the company could not get more money. This becomes more relevant in the context of the recently announced divestment plans and FPOs by the government for public sector units,” he said.

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Auction for QIBs is welcome as it would allow risk-taking entities and not just the promoters to be a part of the price discovery process, other analyst said.


A SEBI release issued after the board meeting also said the minimum market capitalisation required by listed firms to sell shares in follow-on offerings has been halved to Rs.5,000 crores  from Rs 10,000 crore.

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Moreover, the market regulator has also made it a mandatory that all listed companies would have to furnish audited or un-audited balance sheets on a half-yearly basis within 45 days from the end of the quarter instead of the current yearly basis.

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This would imply that Indian companies will be required to disclose balance sheet items.


Shareholders would be able to access the statement of assets and liabilities of the company and its solvency position on a half-yearly basis.


Shareholders would receive immense help in making informed investment decisions now and would be in better position to assess the financial health of the companies, with the implementation of this SEBI regulation of mandating frequent disclosure of the asset-liability position of companies by companies.

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IFAs tying up with Brokerage Houses to turn Sub-Broker :)

IFAs - Sub-Broker

IFAs tying up with Brokerage Houses to turn Sub-Broker

 

Independent financial advisors (IFAs) are tying up with large distributors and brokerage houses to act as sub-brokers, to keep themselves afloat after the entry load ban on mutual funds.

Earlier, IFAs used to make most of their earnings by selling fund schemes.

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A sub-broker is a person who acts on behalf of a stock-broker as an agent, or otherwise for assisting the investors in buying, selling or dealing in financial products through stock-brokers.

Many independent financial advisors have approached the company asking it to create a platform through which they can offer advisory services to their clients.

There is a plan by companies also to launch such a platform in coming weeks.

Broking industry representatives said that IFAs have been left with no option but to tie up with large brokerage houses after they have been denied of their basic source of income (2.25 per cent entry fee on mutual fund investment).

Brokerage Houses are set to provide them with basic infrastructure and resources to provide investors advisory services.

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IFAs are now required to charge a fee for providing their advisory services, instead of a commission on each transaction that they received earlier.

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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had asked mutual fund distributors not to charge any entry load with effect from August 1. It had instead asked them to charge as per the service provided.

It means that a distributor cannot charge any fee for merely selling a product but can charge only if they offer advisory services to investors.

The new norm has queered the pitch for thousands of independent financial advisors, who used to make their earnings by merely selling mutual fund products.

Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head of Delhi-based brokerage house SMC Capital, said that the entry load ban has come as blessing in disguise for large brokerage and distribution houses.

“Most of the mutual fund business would now be routed through big distribution houses as IFAs struggle to provide the necessary advisory service on their own.

The sub-broker model is one of the few viable options available with the small financial advisors,” he added.

When asked if IFAs approached SMC showing their interest in becoming sub-brokers, Thunuguntla said that though inquiries were not so aggressive, they expect more IFAs to come seeking their help as the time passes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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