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Google, Apple, Disney out from Twitter acquisition race: Report
Twitter stocks fell significantly after Google and Walt Disney reportedly ruled out to acquire the struggling micro-blogging platform - leaving only Salesforce in the bidding race.
 
According to a Re/Code report, Twitter's shares dropped 17 per cent in pre-market trading on Thursday after "deep-pocketed companies Google, Apple and Walt Disney" were reported to be out from the Twitter buyout race.
 
Twitter is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings on October 27.
 
According to earlier reports, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is "building a case to Salesforce.com Inc. investors and others that his company should be the buyer."
 
The acquisition of Twitter - struggling to add new users amid stalled growth - may cost over $20 billion. It currently has 313 million monthly active users.
 
Salesforce is vying for a social networking platform in its kitty for long.
 
The company, "which reached $6 billion in annual revenue faster than any other enterprise software company", offers customer service software, market research tools, email marketing systems and other products and several of them already use social media.
 
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India's spectrum auction ends in virtual failure, raises 11.6% of target
India's telecom spectrum auction -- touted as the largest, given the quantum of airwaves on the block -- ended in a virtual failure, closing within five days with a total commitment of only Rs 65,789 ($9.8 billion) crore, or about 11.6 per cent of the expected Rs 5.66 lakh crore ($8.5 billion).
 
The failure has been attributed to the high reserve price decided by the regulator and approved by the central government.
 
"It is a failure to an extent. The largest chunk of spectrum didn't find any buyers because of serious miscalculation by the regulator and the central government on the current market value of 700 MHz spectrum. They overpriced it and the players decided to wait till the price becomes more realistic," said Mahesh Uppal, Director of telecom consultancy Com First.
 
A total 2,354 MHz of spectrum was put on block for e-auctioning, but only 965 MHz were sold -- or just 41 per cent of what was on offer. The money raised on the first day, of around Rs 53,000 crore, was an early portent that not everyone was enthusiastic about bidding for the airwaves. Even the earnest money deposit was low.
 
The auction went through 31 rounds for seven bands --700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz, 2,300 MHz and 2,500 MHz. There were no takers for 700 MHz and 900 MHz -- as had been warned by experts and the industry alike.
 
But Communications Minister Manoj Sinha tried to put a positive spin on the money to be raised. 
 
"The total upfront payment due to the government is around Rs 32,000 crore. This is the highest in the last five years.
 
"It's a big achievement that we could sell 965 MHz," he said.
 
Top investment banker Goldman Sachs had predicted that the total proceeds from the auction will be around $7 billion -- less than half of $16 billion obtained in the 2015 auction, and sharply below $85 billion if all spectrum was sold at the reserve price.
 
The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) said the lack of enthusiasm on the operators' part was majorly due to unrealistic pricing, high debt and single-digit growth that the industry is currently reeling under.
 
"We are hopeful the government and the Department of Telecommunications will take cognizance of the role a high reserve price had on bidding, as far as the 700 MHz is concerned, and will re-calibrate the price so that spectrum in the band could be put up for auction, maybe two years from now," said its Director General Rajan S Mathews.
 
Bharti Airtel, India's largest telecom services provider, on Thursday said that it has acquired 173.8 Mhz of spectrum across 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz and 2,300 MHz bands for a total consideration of Rs 14,244 crore.
 
The new entrant, Reliance Jio, said it has acquired 269.2 MHz spectrum for Rs 13,672 crore.
 
"We have expanded our spectrum footprint thereby significantly enhancing capacity of our all-IP data strong network and ensuring world class services for all Indians. Jio is committed to taking India to global digital leadership by bringing the power of data to all Indians," said Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh D. Ambani.
 
Another key player, Idea Cellular, said it has acquired 349.20 MHz of spectrum for Rs 12,798 crore. "Idea is now well equipped to offer 4G services on its own spectrum across 20 service areas," it said.
 
The auction would also fail to help in fully realising the revenue target of Rs 98,994.93 crore that had been provided for in the budget for this year against 'other communications services' -- the bulk of which is scheduled from the fee paid for spectrum.
 
Other companies participating in the auction were Vodafone India, Reliance Communications, Aircel and Tata Tele, all together furnishing a total earnest money of Rs 14,653 crore.
 
The total amount of money committed through the auction will not immediately come to the government as the operators have been given the option of both upfront and deferred payment.
 
The biggest telecom auction did not start too well on Saturday with subsequent days seeing only marginal increments taking the amount to Rs 65,789.12 crore on the fifth day, when the process had to be called off for lack of further interest.
 
Highlights:
 
Band (MHz) Quantity put to auction (MHz) Quantity sold (MHz)
 
700 770 0
 
800 73.75 15
 
900 9.4 0
 
1800 221.6 174.8
 
2100 360 85
 
2300 320 320
 
2500 600 370
 
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Stagnant property prices and risk aversion may lead to higher delinquencies in urban portfolio: Report
Delinquencies in India's non-banking financier's loan against property (LAP) portfolio could significantly increase in the next four quarters and may even exceed 5% on a static basis for a few players, says India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra). 
 
In a research note, the ratings agency says, "A combination of stagnant property prices especially in metros and large cities, which are the primary markets for large and medium ticket LAP, and squeeze on refinancing due to risk aversion building up in some financiers is bringing stress to the fore.”
 
 
Ind-Ra sees signs of early stress in the LAP business loan pools assessed by it, including a sharp rise in 90 days past due delinquencies for some of the large players. 
 
Ind-Ra analysed data from the LAP portfolios generated over the last five years and observed that all loans, irrespective of their years of origination, are experiencing a concurrent rise in delinquencies in 2016. 
 
 
According to the ratings agency, the LAP market has now entered into a delicate phase with rising delinquencies accompanied by shrinking yields, thereby leaving limited buffers to absorb unexpected shocks. 
 
The average lending rate in the urban high-ticket LAP segment has shrunk to close to 300 basis points (bp) from 500bp over State Bank of India (SBI)'s base rate, which in Ind-Ra's opinion may not be adequate to absorb any spike in credit costs.
 
 
Increasing acceptance of non-residential properties as collateral may impact liquidation recovery, the ratings agency says, adding, "The quest to expand loan portfolio in the face of intensive competition has diluted the use of risk mitigation practices. Non-residential properties, including industrial, commercial, freehold land, unoccupied residential property, among others are increasingly being accepted as collaterals. This proportion could go as high as 30% of the portfolio for some players. While loan-to-values (LTVs) are lower for non-residential properties, realisation on liquidation is also lower for these properties."
 
 
Ind-Ra says its study on the recovery of SME loans pool acquired by asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) through non-residential collaterals indicates a poor recovery at 25% of principal outstanding (POS).
 
The ratings agency says it believes that the eventual losses through the liquidation route could be higher than what is being priced in by non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs). 
 
Ind-Ra's rated transaction pool data for the housing loan mortgage portfolio acquired by asset reconstruction companies since 2006 show a recovery rate of over 100% of principal outstanding, but when adjusted for the time value it drops to 70%.  
 
Over the last few quarters, portfolio churn, through balance transfer among NBFIs, has been the significant driver of incremental loan growth. Additionally, a large segment of the market utilised third-party intermediaries to expand its loan portfolio. This has led to less than optimum credit assessment rigour. Furthermore, elevated balance transfer has led to inadequate seasoning for a part of the portfolio, the ratings agency added. 
 
 
As per Ind-Ra observations, a small ticket LAP portfolio has shown a better performance than large ticket loans, though the portfolio is less seasoned. It says, "Newer geographies are facilitating volume growth and due to limited competitive intensity, are allowing lenders to price in the risk. Also, the recent applicability of SARFAESI Act (to systemically important NBFIs and on a loan amount higher than Rs1 crore) may improve portfolio performance as it could reduce slippages and improve recovery."
 
As per the ratings agency, credit appraisal systems based on borrower cash-flow assessment and standardised valuation practices would be critical risk mitigants. "We expects players with largely residential mortgage collaterals to fare well on asset quality metrics. Finally, strong equity and liquidity buffers and matched asset liability profile would continue to differentiate players in this segment," Ind-Ra concluded.
 

 

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COMMENTS

Akshay Kini

1 year ago

Properties are dead investment just like gold. Many young urban families are paying huge amounts for apartments, treating then like a lifetime investment. Little realising that the quality of construction gives these apartments a life of at most 25 years. Many people are going to have a shock in the next few years.

Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

Simple Copy paste global fraud in 1980's by Japan & 2007 by USA so they were well developed & US is 1/4 of India's population Watch the fun in India screw up is well made now coverups & then burst ups
Mahesh

tapan sur

1 year ago

Prophets of doom may be lurking in the society since man started giving more importance to economic growth going North than any balance with agrarian growth.This has led to a situation where to save banks & govt's, more liquidity is pressed into a market which is not there but dominated by dead assets, assets which may have been entered into for the sole purpose of growth,without actual need of such assets.Property as an asset class is finished,& now good if ONLY one needs a roof over his own head.The proof is recent lowering of interest on loans,with an eye on growth of economy & relief to this asset class which was grasping for Oxygen.We may be in for some shock in times to come,as there will be a further dead asset added to the almost stagnant asset class.My take we are proceeding to dangerous times.Only asset class remaining today is the stock market through Mutual Fund the SIP route,rest is dead money.This is an alarm bell for those who want to hear some sane voice,rest B.O.L.

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