Hospitality firm Lemon Tree Hotels plans to invest over Rs1,400 crore to launch housing projects in India in partnership with US-based investment firm Warburg Pincus
Hospitality firm Lemon Tree Hotels is foraying into real estate, with plans to invest over Rs1,400 crore, to launch housing projects in India in partnership with US-based investment firm Warburg Pincus.
New Delhi based firm has formed a 51:49 joint venture, Oceanus Real Estate Pvt Ltd, with Warburg Pincus for the housing projects. Besides diversification into housing, the hospitality chain has put in place a blueprint to expand in its core business within India and explore neighbouring markets like Nepal and Sri Lanka.
"The joint venture with Warburg Pincus will develop at least three to four affordable housing projects in Gurgaon," Lemon Tree Hotels chairman and managing director Patu Keswani said. Out of a total planned investment of Rs1,400 crore by 2015, the JV will invest Rs700 crore while Warburg Pincus alone will put another Rs700 crore separately, he said.
Keswani said the residential apartments would be sold under the 'Lemon Tree' brand in the range of Rs20 lakh to Rs1 crore per unit.
"We have already identified a couple of sites in Gurgaon and will begin construction soon and start selling by December this year," he said.
In 2006, Warburg Pincus had invested in Lemon Tree Hotels and currently own 25.8% stake. In the hospitality segment, the company currently owns and operates 14 mid-scale Lemon Tree hotels in the country with a total capacity of 1,500 rooms.
"By mid 2013, we have a plan to own and operate total 20 hotels with 2,800 rooms and then we have a plan to go public by making an IPO," Keswani said. The first Lemon Tree hotel was opened in 2004, and since the inception in 2000, Rs1,600 crore has been invested in the company.
Asked about revenues, while he did not provide figures for the past fiscals, he said this financial year Lemon Tree Hotels expects the turnover to be around Rs300 crore. Besides, domestic expansion, Keswani is also exploring Nepal and Sri Lanka to set up Lemon Tree hotels. "International expansion plans is at a preliminary stage at the moment," he said.
A Delhi court had on 20th April rejected the bail pleas of five corporate executives, including Swan Telecom director Vinod Goenka, named by the CBI as one of accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam
Mumbai: Real estate company D B Realty today said it has appointed Krishna Murari Goenka and Usman Balwa as additional directors of the company with effect from 21 April 2011, reports PTI.
In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), D B Realty said, "The board of directors of the company at a meeting held on 21st April has appointed Krishna Murari Goenka (father of Vinod Goenka, promoter) and Usman Balwa (father of Shahid Balwa, promoter) as additional directors of the company with effect from 21st April."
Further, the company has also taken on record in the same meeting the resignation of Michael McCook, from directorship of D B Realty, it said.
Meanwhile, a Delhi court had on 20th April rejected the bail pleas of five corporate executives, including Swan Telecom director Vinod Goenka, named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as one of accused in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation scam.
Following the court order, all the five executives were arrested by the CBI and taken to Tihar Jail in the national capital.
D B Realty had said its managing director Vinod Goenka not getting bail in the 2G spectrum scam will not have any impact on the company's operations.
Swan Telecom (Etisalat DB) is a joint venture between DB Realty and UAE-based Etisalat.
DB Realty's former managing director Shahid Balwa is already in Tihar jail in the 2G spectrum case.
The online survey fraud is spreading like wildfire in India, as more MLM companies announce ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes, promising over four times on ‘investments’. But don’t get lured, as this works only for a few people at the top, while the rest end up losing money and personal reputation
As if SpeakAsia, which claims to be an online survey company, was not enticing (cheating?) enough of gullible people, a few domestic multi-level marketing (MLM) companies have entered the online survey scam. The only difference is that domestic companies are asking for smaller amounts as investment, compared to SpeakAsia.
After Moneylife exposed the dubious operations of SpeakAsia, one such MLM company, comments have been pouring in about other such MLMs functioning under the pretext of online surveys. (Read, "Another MLM scam in the happening, this time under the pretext of an online survey".)
FLC Online India, like every other MLM company, also makes promises of high returns. In fact, FLC says that after completion of certain units, the member is entitled to bonanza gifts that range from mobile phones to cars like Skoda and Mercedes Benz.
FLC Online India has initiated the concept of a special segment for market research and offers monetary benefits merely for filling survey forms.
Apart from paying regular income, it also gives income through the binary method, which is primarily based on algorithms. In simple words, it aims to involve more and more people in the scheme, luring them through dubious claims.
FLC claims, "Become a part of $25 billion market research industry and earn Rs4,000-Rs40,000 per month from home by giving your opinion about various products of MNCs for only one hour per week by filling online surveys." The promise of income merely through filling survey forms is questionable as the process itself shows.
A person seeking to become a member of FLC must make a payment of Rs6,500 and the company promises to pay Rs1,000 per week till 52 weeks! Further, there is binary income, or per pair income, for which FLC will pay Rs500 and the levels of binary is unlimited. On referring someone to join the company, it promises to pay Rs500 as direct or referral income.
On the binary level, a member making two new members-one each on the left and the right hands (which constitutes a pair)-also gets 10 market points. The 10 market points are equivalent to one unit or one pair and the member can keep on adding up to a maximum or 200 pairs per week.
Further, if the member refers someone in the chain, then he will be given 10 market points per person introduced. But there is a catch in all this. An incentive of two market points is released whenever you have two market points in the left team and two market points in the right team, which is also known as one pair.
On completing 20 units, which is 20 pairs consisting of 40 people, the member is rewarded with a colour mobile phone, and on completing 90 units the member will get a laptop. This sounds murky, for the company does not mention the specific brand of mobile or laptop.
A simple calculation shows that if one member makes 20 units, the company would earn a whopping Rs2.6 lakh. Consider this: 20 units is 20 pairs, which means 40 individuals. Each individual pays Rs6,500 as membership fee, so 40 members give a total Rs2.6 lakh to the company. On the other hand the company promises only a colour mobile phone as a reward and the brand is not known.
Interestingly, on completion of 350 units and beyond, the reward could be a motorbike, or even a car-a Tata Safari, a Skoda, or even a Mercedes Benz. But there is a time period in which the targets are to be achieved to be eligible for these rewards.
A reader informs Moneylife about another MLM company by the name of Ram Survey, which also makes similar claims. The registration charge is Rs3,500, of which Rs500 is for life-time registration and the remaining Rs3,000 is a contribution towards an e-magazine called Ram Today, the member will receive fortnightly over 11 months. The company promises a weekly income of Rs500 for 44 weeks. Again Rs500 will be paid as binary income and Rs250 as referral income. There are also bonanza gifts ranging from mobile to cars, based on units earned.
Both the companies described, display pan cards and certificates of incorporation (as legal proof) on their web sites. The validity of these documents is to be verified.
Moneylife Foundation, an affiliate of Moneylife, is a not-for-profit organisation that is working to promote financial literacy and has always advised people not to invest in MLM companies that are not registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) or the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). However, many people continue to be lured into the trap with the promises of high returns and easy income.
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