Improved growth prospects for India in 2013: Moody's

According to the ratings agency, withdrawal of an obstinate coalition partner and a flurry of pro-business reforms designed to lift Indian economy from its funk

New Delhi: Withdrawal of support to government by an 'obstinate coalition partner' and flurry of reforms have improved India's growth prospects in 2013, said global rating agency Moody's, reports PTI.


"...(growth prospects have improved) with a new finance minister, the withdrawal of an obstinate coalition partner and a flurry of pro-business reforms designed to lift the economy from its funk...These moves are working," Moody's said in a report.


The government has been able to push through economic reforms, especially allowing foreign investment in multi-brand retail, after withdrawal of support by Trinamool Congress.


The government had also expressed its commitment to raise FDI cap in the insurance sector. This would require approval of Parliament.


Noting that "policy missteps and political paralysis" crushed business confidence and investment in 2012, the Moody's report said, "India should ...enjoy a better 2013, though for different reasons."


The report said Asia's economies have weathered the global downturn and will enter 2013 in comparatively good shape. Risk levels appear manageable, domestic policy settings remain highly accommodative, and the global outlook has begun to stabilise.


P Chidambaram took over the finance portfolio in August when the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee became the Presidential candidate.


Mukherjee was later elected as President.


The rating agency further said that near-term risks around India's fiscal and external deficits have receded.


"Business groups are more upbeat; this will translate into better investment and GDP growth, but not until well into 2013. The moves help to lock in our longer-term outlook," the it said.


Was majority in parliament on FDI in retail funded by Wal-Mart asks CPI(M)

Referring to the vote in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the issue of FDI in retail, CPI-M leader Yechury said it has to be found whether Wal-Mart financed this majority too

New Delhi: Accusing Congress of "manufacturing majority" in Indian Parliament on teh issue of foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Tuesday asked whether this was funded by American retail giant Wal-Mart, reports PTI.
"An independent and time-bound inquiry is necessary. It is necessary to find out whether the amount (reportedly spent by Walmart in lobbying) was spent on bribes too," senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said.
Observing that the US media reports had said that the company had spent $25 million on lobbying with US lawmakers in 2012, he said "it has to be found whether Wal-Mart financed this majority (in Parliament) too," he said, referring to the vote in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the issue of FDI in retail.
In this context, he also referred to the Enron power project case in Maharashtra saying the now-bankrupt US energy firm had "spent money to 'educate' Indian officials about the company." 
Yechury said Walmart considered India a "very big market" as its own estimations valued the retail market here to be worth $500 billion which is set to grow to $1 trillion by 2020.
Walmart, he said, was looking at India at a time when US and Europe had been hit by the global recession and Britain was threatening to walk out of the European Union.
"This is the simple truth" about Walmart's interests in India and the company was "not interested in investing to improve infrastructure but solely to reap profits," he said.
The US retail chain has been "doing such activity not only in India but in a large number of other countries also, most of them developing ones. Their activities in Mexico for eight years have now come to light," the Marxist leader said, adding "our stand has been vindicated".
To questions on government agreeing to a probe, he said "we are open to a judicial inquiry, either by a sitting or a retired judge, or one under the Inquiry Act. CBI can be used (by the probe panel) to investigate." 
On Reserve Bank of India's amendments to Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) which would give legal effect to FDI in retail, Yechury said the amendments have not have been tabled in Rajya Sabha so far, though they have been placed in Lok Sabha.
"By not tabling it in the Upper House, the government is violating the equality of the two Houses provided in our Constitution. The government is trying to throw a subterfuge as it knows that, most likely, it will lose in Rajya Sabha", he said.
Observing that the amendments would "have to be laid in both Houses within 30 days", he said the last day is 13th December. "If they don't do it by then, the judicial review process, which is already on in the Supreme Court, will take over. Not tabling them will be serious subversion of our parliamentary structure."




4 years ago

Manmohan Singh led Government is the most corrupt since independence. He lost in a parliament election but later entered the temple of worlds largest democracy through the back door. But still Manmohan is regarded as an honest and clean man. All crony capitalists extols the virtues of this man and he unabashedly clinging to his chair.

Investors have woken up to governance issues in Hexaware

The share price of Hexaware Technologies has gone down by 24% in the last six months. This is not the first Atul Nishar-promoted company we have seen come crashing down

The operating margins of Hexaware Technologies have been highly volatile in the past. According to a research report from Espirito Santo, the company’s service portfolio is not big enough a differentiator to drive sustainable growth. The research report also cites that not only the company’s margins have been highly volatile in the past, it has also fallen from 20% to low single digits twice in the last six years.

Companies promoted by Atul Nishar have had a chequered history. He set up Hexaware Technologies in 1990 from the demerged software arm of Aptech. Following the shakeout in the software sector after 2001, Aptech demerged its software business. The ownership itself changed hands from Atul Nishar in 2003 and was substantially acquired by a group of independent investors led by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala a few years later. Then there is the now defunct non-banking finance company (NBFC), Apple Finance which is promoted by the Atul Nishar-owned Apple Industries group and was engaged in leasing and hire purchase. Apple Finance failed to pay the banks a total principal amount of Rs75 crore and accrued interest for the debentures they held.

Is Hexaware fraught with the same management issues?  The recent cut in its CY12 revenue and its margin guidance surprised the market, but Hexaware also faced these client specific issues in CY08 and CY10, according to the research report. Investors had bought the stock on the back of high growth prospects, improving margins and a high dividend yield. However, with Hexaware’s intent to make an acquisition of $40 million to $60 million and with this cut in revenue and margin guidance, all the main support arguments for the stock have crumbled, mentions the research report.

Hexaware has seen EBITDA margins drop to mid-single digits twice in the last six years. Dividends too, were not sustainable. The company announced a 20% dividend cut in Q3CY12. The research firm expect a further cut by another 20% or so due to reduced profitability.

“Our concerns are more about the ability to generate growth from existing clients, rather than its ability to win new deals,” says the report. The company’s revenues stagnated from Q2CY07 to Q3CY08 due to client specific issues, and declined from Q4CY08 to Q1CY10 as its top client materially cut spending. The growth since then has been driven by winning large deals from its existing top-10 clients. In the period when its revenues stagnated or declined Hexaware faced severe margin pressures, with margins dropping to the low single digits.



Vaibhav Dhoka

4 years ago

Thanks Moneylife for alerting investors about Atul Nishar. It can be named as Mini SAHARA.He has leached investor slowly.

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