APL Apollo Tubes acquires Lloyds Line Pipes for Rs40 crore

APL Apollo Tubes Ltd said it has acquired Lloyds Line Pipes, a Maharashtra-based manufacturer of steel tubes and pipes. The acquisition, worth Rs40 crore, has been completed in an all-cash deal.

The Lloyds Line Pipes facilities will help APL Apollo manufacture up to 14-inch tubes. Located close to the ports, these facilities would not only ensure savings in logistics cost, but would also enable higher exports. With this acquisition, APL Apollo will strengthen its capacity from existing 400,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) to 490,000 tpa.

On Friday, APL Apollo Tubes ended 0.53% up at Rs143 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 1.73% down at 19,585.

 

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IOC to pick up 26% stake in NPCIL for Rs900 crore

State-run Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) said it will invest about Rs900 crore to pick up a 26% stake in Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd's (NPCIL) 1,400MW atomic power project at Kota, in Rajasthan.

NPCIL is setting up a 1,400MW (2x700MW) power plant, which is scheduled for completion by 2015-16. The joint venture agreement would be signed in a month.

IOC would hold 26% equity in the project, which is proposed to be financed by both partners in the debt-equity ratio of 70:30.

Meanwhile, the company is gearing up for its follow-on public offer (FPO) in January, through which it expects to raise about Rs20,000 crore.

The government plans to offload 10% of its equity holding in IOC through the FPO and an equal stake would be diluted by the company.

Following the stake sale, the government's holding in IOC would reduce to 64.57% from the existing 78.92%.

IOC has hired six investment banks-Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, ICICI Securities, Morgan Stanley, SBI Capital and UBS-to manage the public offer. The mega offer is a part of the government's Rs 40,000 crore disinvestment programme this fiscal.

On Friday, IOC ended 1.02% at Rs392.60 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 1.73% down at 19,585.

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Patni wins Rs145 crore contract from 2e2 for five years

IT major Patni Computer Systems Ltd said it has won a five-year contract, worth more than £20 million (more than Rs145 crore) from UK-based IT services provider 2e2.

The contract will provide a range of support services for 2e2's end-user clients and the delivery of in-house support services.

The deal has the potential to scale-up rapidly in the first two years, the company said in a statement.

Patni anticipates starting to provide initial services under this new contract before the end of the year.

On Friday, Patni declined 2.12% to Rs467.75 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 1.73% down at 19,585.

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