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NCLT approves ZEEL’s merger with Sony

The Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved the merger scheme between Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) with Culver Max Entertainment (Sony). The tribunal has also dismissed all objections regarding the merger.  This is a key regulatory approval for the mega-merger, aimed at creating a $10-billion media giant.

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RBI keeps repo rate unchanged at 6.5%

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left the repo rate (key policy rate) unchanged at 6.5%. The central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) also retained its withdrawal of accommodation stance to ensure that the retail inflation remains within the target of 4%. The RBI retained the GDP growth projection for the current financial year (FY24) at 6.5% and raised the inflation projection marginally to 5.4%

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Grasim Q1 Results: Net profit falls 18% YoY to ₹1,576 crore

Grasim Industries reported an 18% YoY fall in consolidated net profit to ₹1,576 crore for the quarter ended June (Q1 FY24). Its consolidated revenue for the quarter stood at ₹31,065 crore, up 10.7% YoY. The decline in net profit could be attributed to an over 14% YoY jump in its total expenses for Q1 at ₹27,923.38 crore. 

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SBI Card enables RuPay credit cards on UPI

SBI Card and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) announced the linking of SBI credit cards on the RuPay platform with UPI. The company’s customers will now be able to make UPI transactions through credit cards issued on RuPay. The facility can be availed of by registering the credit card with third-party UPI apps.

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Samvardhana Motherson Q1 Results: Net profit jumps four-fold to ₹601 crore

Samvardhana Motherson reported a four-fold rise in consolidated net profit to ₹601 crore for the June quarter (Q1 FY24). Its consolidated revenue from operations rose 27% YoY to ₹22,462 crore during the same period. EBITDA stood at ₹1,940 crore, up 69% YoY, driven by operating efficiency, and softening of material and energy prices. 

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Pidilite Q1 Results: Net profit rises 32% YoY to ₹474 crore

Pidilite Industries reported a 31.5% YoY jump in net profit to ₹473.7 crore for Q1 FY24. Its consolidated revenue rose 5.6% YoY to ₹3,275.1 crore during the same period. EBITDA rose 33.5% YoY ₹706.8 crore from ₹529.5 crore in the same quarter last year. EBITDA margin also expanded by 450 basis points (bps) from 17.1%, YoY to 21.6%.

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Godrej Cons to build manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu

Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL) announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government of Tamil Nadu. The MoU is for building a manufacturing facility near Chennai. The company will make an investment of ₹515 crore over the next five years. It will serve as a manufacturing hub for brands such as Cinthol, Godrej Expert Rich Crème, Godrej Selfie Shampoo Hair Colour, and Goodknight.

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Hero MotoCorp Q1 Results: Net profit rises 32% YoY to ₹825 crore

Hero MotoCorp reported a 32% YoY increase in net profit to ₹825 crore for Q1 FY24. Its consolidated revenue rose 4.5% YoY to ₹8,767.3 crore during the same period. EBITDA grew 28% YoY ₹1,206 crore in Q1. The company incurred a one-time cost of ₹160 crore towards the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) offered to certain employees.

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NHPC plans to build pumped hydro storage projects of 22,000 MW

NHPC Ltd is planning to develop around 20,000-22,000 MW of pumped hydro energy storage projects in the coming years. The capacities are being explored in Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. However, the detailed project report and the approvals are likely to take a couple of years for at least some of these capacities to start building.

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Vi seeks time till Dec to clear its statutory dues

Vodafone Idea has sought time till the end of December 2023 to clear its remaining statutory dues. The company hopes to close its fundraising from banks and third-party investors in the “near future” and is reiterating that its promoters are “committed” to supporting the company. Replying to a Department of Telecommunications (DoT) show cause notice, the company cited continuing liquidity challenges due to its delayed fundraising.

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LIC Q1 Results: Net profit jumps 14x to ₹9,544 crore

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) reported a 14x YoY increase in net profit to ₹9,544 crore for Q1 FY24. Its net premium income was flat at ₹98,363 crore during the same period. Income from investments rose 30% YoY to ₹90,309 crore in Q1.

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Hindalco, Texmaco to make aluminium rail wagons, coaches

Hindalco Industries and Texmaco Rail & Engineering have entered into a strategic alliance and announced a ₹200 crore investment to develop and manufacture aluminium rail wagons and coaches that will help the Indian Railways achieve emission goals and boost operating efficiency. Texmaco is the flagship of the Adventz Group.

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