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Updated: Jan 24 2013, 07:07am hrs
Jaypee Infra share sale today to cut parent stake

Jaypee Infratechs parent will sell up to 98.5 million shares on Thursday to raise up to $94 million to meet the market regulators guidelines on minimum public shareholding. Jaiprakash Associates, which owns about 83 percent of Jaypee Infratech, will sell 27.9 million shares to institutional investors with an option to increase it by another 70.6 million, the company said in a statement late on Tuesday. Jaypee Infratech, which builds roads and homes primarily in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, plans to announce the floor price for the share auction after market hours on Wednesday, it said. The Securities and Exchange Board of India has directed listed companies to ensure that at least 25 percent of their shares are publicly traded by June end.

Sebi slaps R5 lakh fine on two in BGSL trading case

Market regulator Sebi on Wednesday imposed a fine of R5 lakh on two individuals for alleged fraudulent trade practices in shares of Betala Global Securities Ltd (BGSL). In two separate orders, Sebi slapped a fine of R2 lakh on one Dimple Shah and another R3 lakh on Piyush Shah for manipulative and deceptive trading which led to creation of artificial demand and a false appearance of trading in the shares of BGSL. "I am of the view that the facts of the present case clearly bring out an element of fraud and unfair trade practices indulged in by the noticee through brokers in connivance with other entities of Mahesh Mistry Group," Sebi's adjudicating officer PK Kuriachen said in similarly-worded orders. In a probe conducted by Sebi, the regulator found a spurt in the share price of BGSL during May 2-November 21, 2003. The regulator said the company's scrip price jumped by 254% and a total of 1.54 crore shares were traded. Sebi said a group of clients connected to each other and collectively referred to as 'Mahesh Mistry Group' traded in the shares of the BGSL. Both Dimple Shah and Piyush Shah were found to be part of the group.

Deutsche starts United Spirits with buy rating

Deutsche Bank initiated coverage of United Spirits with a buy rating, citing it 53% market share in the Indian spirits market, the significant entry barriers to foreign players, and the benefits from its deal to sell a majority stake to Diageo. The investment bank said Diageo would bring much-needed financial prudence to United Spirits, which should improve profitability and cash flows. Deutsche set its 12-month price target at R2,700.

RINL issue unlikely to hit markets this fiscal

Rashtriya Ispat Nigam's R2,500-crore initial public offer is unlikely to hit the market in current fiscal as it has to start the process anew following expiry of the offer document filed with Sebi. The company had filed red herring prospectus with Sebi on October 8 hoping to launch IPO on October 16. Now, it has gone past three months and with this, it has lost validity. This calls for submission of documents afresh which take some time," a Steel Ministry official said. "Taking the time required for RINL to file offer document into consideration, it is unlikely that the issue will be launched within the current fiscal," he added. The RINL issue has already been deferred thrice since the filing of the draft prospectus with market regulator sebi on May 18 last year.