FIIs trim holdings in troubled real estate, infra & capital goods sectors
For the quarter ended December 2012, FIIs reduced their holdings in Indiabull real estate by 3.6% and also brought down their stake in Pipavav Defence, Lanco Infratech and GMR Infra by 0.99%, 0.68% and 0.57%, in the order. Even debt-ridden DLF and Kingfisher Airline witnessed a reduction in FII ownership by close to 100 basis points.
Generally, Foreign investors do not favour companies that consistently under-perform the market or fail to strengthen their financial performance. Not surprisingly, for companies with capital intensive business structure in particular, higher debts have made them unpopular among FIIs besides the fundamental slow-down of the sector like infrastructure and constructions.
For a third consecutive quarter, FIIs reduced their ownership in Indiabull real estate, Hindustan Constructions, Lanco Infratech, Pipavav Defence, and GMR Infra. In the current financial year so far, their possession in these companies have come down by 8% to 1%.
They have also trimmed their holdings in smaller public sector banks, like Allahabad Bank and Indian Overseas Bank by about 3% and 1%. These banks continue to reel under the pressure of with deteriorating asset quality.
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