New Delhi: At a time when states in the US are embracing policies that reek of protectionism, India today asked a grouping of developed and developing economies to act towards keeping trade open and ensure financial stability, reports PTI.
"The immediate spheres of such coordination (between G20 member countries) are macroeconomic policies and exit strategies, pace of regulatory reforms to ensure financial stability without affecting prospects of growth... keep international trade open and avoiding protectionism," finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said at a financial crisis conference here.
He further said that the group of 20 nations (G20) will need to coordinate policy actions in a manner that can ensure strong, sustainable and balanced growth.
The state of Ohio in the US earlier this month banned outsourcing of state IT contracts to foreign companies. The move came on the heels of Washington's decision to hike visa fee for H-1B and L1 categories. These moves are expected to hurt the USD 50-billion Indian IT market, which garners a major chunk of revenues from American companies.
The outsourcing ban by Ohio has come as a disappointment to India, and commerce minister Anand Sharma said on Tuesday that the move is "not welcome at all."
Finance ministers of G20 countries would meet next month, which will be followed by the fifth G-20 Summit of heads of states on 11th and 12th November in South Korea.
G20 is a group of 20 countries, comprising both developed and developing nations including India.
Mr Mukherjee said that as clearly indicated by the current global crisis, no country is insulated from global economy and the crisis is turning out to be much deeper and broader than expected.
"It began as financial crises, which then became a general economic crisis. It is also becoming an employment crisis. As clearly indicated by the current crisis, no country is insulated and it is turning out to be much deeper and broader than expected," he added.
KSK Energy saw a sudden spurt recently on media reports that Malaysian billionaire T Ananda Krishnan’s Usaha Tegas Sdn plans to invest $250 million in the company. Here’s a closer look at the organisation
Hyderabad-based utility company KSK Energy's stock price has seen a sudden jump after languishing at the Rs150-Rs160 levels since June. The key driver for this stock is that in a few years time, if all its capacity expansion plans go well, it will enter the big league with around 10,000MW of capacity. However, for now, it looks like the successful commissioning of its 540MW Wardha Warora project (which is already at the half-way mark) is a near-term trigger. If all goes as planned, its revenues will see a significant jump this year.
Market cap: Rs63 billion
Face value: Rs10
52-week H/L: Rs225 (22 Oct 2009) /Rs153 (31 August 2010)
Promoters: 53%; FIIs: 13%; DIIs: 8%
Current market price: Rs169
Its management expects earnings of Rs5 billion in FY11 and Rs9 billion in FY12 based on revised PPAs for its under-construction projects and merchant rates of around Rs4-5/kwh. Its FY10 revenues and profit were Rs4.5 billion and Rs1.9 billion respectively. Its June quarter revenue and net profit figures were at Rs2.4 billion and Rs966 million respectively.
KSK Energy Ventures (KSK) is the Indian listed subsidiary of KSK Power Ventur Plc, a London-listed entity. The group holding structure is given in the graphic below:
The company is promoted by first generation entrepreneurs KA Sastry and S Kishore. It began in 2000 with a small 20MW plant in Kasargod (Kerala). Currently it has 279MW operational capacity, 3,730MW in the process of completion, and 6,345MW in the planning stages. A lot of its capacity is coming up in central and north-east India and most of its capacity is coal, although it does have three hydro projects.
Here are a few details of its projects...
- 58MW Sai Regency Power, Tamil Nadu
- 43MW Sitapuram Power Plant, Andhra Pradesh
- 43MW Arasmeta Captive Power Plant, Chhattisgarh
- 135MW VS Lignite Power Plant, Rajasthan
- 52MW Bahur Power, wind-based, Tamil Nadu
Projects under construction:
- Wardha Warora Power Plant (Maharashtra) - 540MW; Coal (2x135MW units already up)
- Arasmeta Expansion, (Chhattisgarh) - 43MW; Coal
Projects under initial construction or in the development stage:
- KSK Mahanadi, Akaltara (Chhattisgarh) - 3,600MW; Coal (expected to be up in FY13)
- KSK Dibbin (Arunachal Pradesh) - 130MW; Hydro
Projects in the planning stage:
- JR Power; 1,800MW; Coal; Orissa (expected COD: 2015)
- KSK Narmada; 1,800MW; Coal; Madhya Pradesh (expected COD: 2015)
- KSK Naini; 1,800MW; Coal; Orissa (expected COD: 2016)
- Kamang HEP; 600MW; Hydro; Arunachal Pradesh (expected COD: 2016)
- Kamang Basin HEP; 345MW; Hydro; Arunachal Pradesh (expected COD: 2016)
For the KSK Mahanadi 3,600MW project, it has a tie-up with GMDC and GIDC for their Morga-2 and Gera Pelma-3 blocks respectively. KSK recently (in early August) started the second 135MW unit of its 540MW Wardha Warora Project (4x135MW) near Chandrapur in Maharashtra. The first unit in this series began in May this year and subsequent units are expected every three months. Its135MW lignite-fired plant in Rajasthan began in March. Its next project to be up is expected to be the 3,600MW Chhattisgarh one.
For the 540MW plant at Maharashtra, it has a purchase tie-up with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd for 450MW at Rs 5.19/kwh for one year - this will begin only after all the units in this series are complete. Until then, it is selling power on a merchant basis. From FY12, KSK has entered into a power purchase agreement with Reliance Infra for 300MW at Rs4.75/kwh for 3 years for the latter's Mumbai area.
In a March 2010 report on Indian utilities, Credit Suisse had declared that KSK was the (then) cheapest stock in terms of capacity adjusted relative valuation and has said that it sees a five times EPS growth in the stock over FY10-12.
In June this year, it signed a PPA with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited for the long-term supply of 1,010MW of power, based on dedicated coal supplies from Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation and its coal blocks from KSK's 1,800MW Narmada plant.
KSK develops most of its power projects through various SPVs, where the consumer also holds equity. This helps disperse risk for both parties. Key foreseeable risks to stock performance include difficulty in raising money for projects, rising debt to equity ratio as bigger projects come up, and use of Chinese equipment. The company raised Rs12 billion in its IPO and a little more than Rs5 billion in a QIP this year.
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SBI Mutual Fund launches SBI Debt Fund Series-60 Months-1; Taurus MF unveils Taurus Fixed Maturity Plan-120 Days Series-1; Kotak Mahindra MF introduces Kotak FMP-24M Series-2; Star Union Dai-ichi Life launches three products
SBI Mutual Fund launches SBI Debt Fund Series-60 Months-1
SBI Mutual Fund has launched SBI Debt Fund Series-60 Months-1, a close-ended income scheme. The investment objective of the scheme is to provide regular income, liquidity and returns by investing in debt instruments maturing on or before the maturity of the scheme. The scheme offers two options - growth and dividend (payout). The scheme opens on 17th September and closes on 27th September. The new fund offer (NFO) price is Rs10 per unit. The minimum investment amount is Rs5,000. The scheme will be benchmarked against CRISIL Composite Bond Fund Index.
Taurus MF unveils Taurus Fixed Maturity Plan-120 Days Series-1
Taurus Mutual Fund has launched Taurus Fixed Maturity Plan-120 Days Series-1, a close-ended income scheme. The investment objective of the scheme is to generate income with minimum volatility through investments in debt and money market instruments maturing on or before the maturity of the scheme. The scheme has two options - growth and dividend. The scheme opens on 17th September and closes on 22nd September. The new fund offer (NFO) price for the scheme is Rs10 per unit. The minimum investment amount is Rs10,000. The performance of the scheme will be measured against CRISIL Short Term Bond Fund Index.
Kotak Mahindra MF introduces Kotak FMP-24M Series-2
Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund has launched Kotak FMP-24M Series-2, a close-ended income scheme. The investment objective of the scheme is to generate returns through investments in debt and money market instruments with a view to significantly reduce the interest rate risk. The scheme offers two options - growth and dividend (payout). The exit load for the scheme is nil. The scheme opened on 16th September and closes on 21st September. The new fund offer (NFO) price for the issue is Rs10 per unit. The minimum investment amount is Rs5,000. The minimum target amount for the scheme is Rs50 lakh. The benchmark index for the scheme is CRISIL Composite Bond Fund Index.
Star Union Dai-ichi Life launches three products
Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company has launched a new traditional endowment product 'Defined Benefit Endowment Plan'. The product ensures regular tax-free monthly benefit for 15 years.
The company has also launched two new unit-linked endowment insurance plans - Dhan Suraksha 3 and Dhan Suraksha Premium 3 - which comply with new Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) regulations. Both the plans provide death benefit if the death occurs within the term of the policy. The plans also offer maturity benefit if the policy holder survives the term of the policy. The plans come with two riders which provide cover against accidental death or permanent disability and cover against critical diseases. The plans offer high returns on the money paid by policy holder by offering the policy holder the option of choosing among four available fund types.
The difference among the two products is the death benefit payable. In Dhan Suraksha 3, it is only either sum assured or fund value which ever higher or at least 105% of total premium paid. While in Dhan Suraksha Premium 3, death benefit is both fund value and sum assured, said the company in a statement.