CCI okays Nippon Life’s proposal to acquire stake in RCAML

The deal, which is valued at an aggregate amount of Rs1,450 crore, is the largest Foreign Direct Investment deal in any Indian asset management company till date

New Delhi Competition watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the proposal of Japanese major Nippon Life to acquire 26% stake in Reliance Capital's mutual fund arm RCAML, reports PTI.

The deal, which is valued at an aggregate amount of Rs1,450 crore, is the largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) deal in any Indian asset management company till date.

"Considering the facts on record and the details provided in the notice... and the assessment of the proposed combination, the Commission is of the opinion that the proposed combination is not likely to have any appreciable adverse effect on competition in India and therefore...

approves the proposed combination," CCI said in an order.

CCI noted that Nippon Life, which is a global player in providing asset management and portfolio management services, has no direct operations or presence in India in the same space, except for a 26% equity participation in Reliance Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of R Capital.

"It is observed from the information available on the website of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) that there are more than 40 other AMCs registered with SEBI providing services similar to the asset management services provided by RCAML in India and there are more than 250 portfolio managers registered with SEBI providing similar services," it said.

First announced in January this year, Nippon Life will invest an aggregate value of Rs1,450 crore ($290 million) to acquire 26% stake Reliance Capital Asset Management Company (RCAML).

The transaction pegs the valuation of Reliance Capital Asset Management at around Rs5,600 crore ($1.1 billion).

This deal further expands Reliance Capital's partnership with Nippon Life. In October last year, Reliance Capital completed a 26% stake sale in its life insurance venture, Reliance Life, to Nippon Life for over Rs3,000 crore.

Reliance Capital Asset Management (RCAM) manages around Rs1,40,000 crore assets.

Nippon Life is a Fortune 100 company and the seventh-largest life insurer in the world. It is a leading private life insurer in Asia and Japan.

CCI is empowered by an Act of Parliament to scrutinise high-value deals that could have a bearing on fair competition in the market.

Shares of Reliance Capital closed at Rs287.95 on BSE, down 2.83% from its previous close.


Nifty may stage a slow recovery: Wednesday Closing Report

If today’s lows hold, the Nifty may see a short rally

A weak rupee and dismal global cues pushed the markets lower today. If today's lows hold, we may see a small bounce-back. Today the Sensex hit a high of 16,133, the lowest since 10 January 2012 while it went down to the level of 15,975, its lowest since 13 January 2012. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) saw a volume of 64.55 crore shares which is above its 10 day moving average.  

The market opened sharply lower on weak global cues and the depreciating rupee, which hit a fresh five-month low. The inability of Greece to form a government led to fears of the beleaguered nation discarding the euro, thus worsening the Eurozone crisis. The development led the US markets lower overnight, which also had a bearing on the Asian back that were trading lower in morning trade today.

Back home, the Nifty opened 108 points down at 4,875 and the Sensex tanked 195 to resume trade at 16,133. Meanwhile, the rupee fell to a five-month low losing 47 paise to 54.26 against the US dollar on the Interbank Foreign Exchange market in early trade on increased capital outflows amid strong demand for the greenback. The rupee had touched a record intra-day low of 54.32 on 15 December 2011.

While the opening figure on the Sensex was its intraday high, the Nifty hit this level in a short time with the index touching 4,882. Across-the-board selling saw all sectoral indices in the negative. The market, which witnessed a gap-down opening, was range-bound in subsequent trade.

Concerns of a slowdown in economic growth and a lower opening of the European markets resulted in the benchmarks falling to their mid-session lows in noon trade. At the lows, the Nifty fell to 4,837 and the Sensex fell below its psychological level to 15,975.

Trade continued to be lacklustre in the late session as global cues and the weakening rupee thwarted any recovery attempt. At the close, the Nifty declined 85 points (1.71%) to 4,858 and the Sensex closed 298 points (1.83%) lower at 16,030.

The advance-decline ratio on the NSE was negative at 444:1209.

Among the broader markets, the BSE Mid-cap index declined 0.78% and the BSE Small-cap index dropped 1.11%.

All sectoral indices settled lower. The key losers were BSE Metal (down 2.68%); BSE Auto 2.59%); BSE Consumer Durables (down 1.94%); BSE Capital Goods (down 1.69%) and BSE Bankex (down 1.65%).

Sterlite Industries (up 0.87%) and Bajaj Auto (up 0.47%) were the only gainers on the Sensex. The top losers were Tata Motors (down 7.34%); Tata Steel (down 3.89%); BHEL (down 3.74%); HDFC (down 3.71%) and Hindalco Industries (down3.28%).

The Nifty was led by BPCL (up 2.53%); Power Grid Corporation (up 1.65%); Cairn India (up 1.30%); Bajaj Auto (up 1.08%) and Kotak Mahindra Bank (up 1.02%). Tata Motors (down 7.70%); Tata Steel (down 4.40%); SAIL (down 4.18%); Reliance Infrastructure (down 3.73%) and Jaiprakash Associates (down 3.59%) settled lower on the index.

Markets in Asia settled lower on concerns about the Greek crisis and a tepid loan growth in China's top four state-controlled banks in the first half of this month. The global developments are seen dampening overseas investors' appetite in the region.

The Shanghai Composite declined 1.21%; the Hang Seng tumbled 3.06%; the Jakarta Composite dropped 1.61%, the KLSE Composite fell by 1.60%; the Nikkei 225 fell by 1.12%; the Straits Times slipped 1.58%; the KOSPI Composite tumbled 3.08% and the Taiwan Weighted settled 2.18% lower.

At the time of writing, the key European indices were mostly lower while the US stock futures were in the positive.

Back home, institutional investors-both foreign and domestic-were net sellers in the equities segment on Tuesday. Foreign institutional investors were pulled out Rs184.28 crore and domestic institutional investors withdrew Rs82.85 crore.

Diversified business house Videocon Industries said it will raise $51.02 million (over Rs270 crore) through issue of securities on a private placement basis from overseas market. In a filing to the BSE, the company said it will issue 1,57,50,000 Global Depository Receipts representing 1,57,50,000 equity shares. The stock gained 0.85% to close at Rs171.50 on the NSE.

Pharma major Aurobindo Pharma on Wednesday stated that it has received final approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) to manufacture and market Lamivudine and Zidovudine tablets in America. The tablets are the generic equivalent of ViiV Healthcare Company's Combivir tablets and are indicated as part of antiretroviral combination therapy for the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected persons. Aurobindo declined 0.52% to close at Rs105.55 on the NSE.

Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) is likely to raise $500 million this fiscal to fund its business growth overseas. The funding will be through a Medium Term Note (MTN) programme, which is basically a debt instrument with a maturity of 5-10 years. The stock tumbled 2.37% to settle at Rs78.25 on the NSE.


Bharti Airtel partners with Axis for mobile banking services

Airtel customers will now be able to open no-frills savings account in Axis Bank through their mobiles and can use it for regular banking transactions

Mumbai: Bharti Airtel customers will now be able to open no-frills savings account in Axis Bank through their mobiles and will be able to carry out transactions such as cash deposits, transfers and withdrawals, reports PTI.

Country's largest private mobile operator Bharti Airtel and Axis Bank on Wednesday announced a partnership to provide banking services through Airtel Money platform, a move that will help further the goal of reaching un-banked areas.

"Following the recent pan-India launch of Airtel Money, we are today excited to collaborate with Axis Bank to further strengthen our mCommerce proposition for customers," Bharti Airtel CEO - India and South Asia - Sanjay Kapoor said.

To begin with, savings and remittance solutions will be provided in Delhi and Mumbai on the sending side, and Bihar and East UP on the receiving side.

Thereafter, these services may be extended to other remittance corridors in the country, the company said.

"According to estimates, nearly 43% of the country's population does not have bank accounts...The 'airtel money Super Account powered by Axis Bank' acts as a no-frills bank account that comes with remittance capabilities," Mr Kapoor said.

Leading IT firm Infosys is the technology innovation partner for the offering.

"Our alliance with Airtel will help the Bank to reach out to excluded segments of our population, both in rural and urban centres, with reasonably priced banking and financial services," Axis Bank MD and CEO Shikha Sharma said.


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