MCX-SX signs up 700 members; may start trading by December

MCX-SX received record 700 applications during the six weeks of its membership drive, which it claims to be the highest number of members signed up by any exchange for equity and WDM segments

Mumbai: MCX Stock Exchange (MCX-SX) on Monday said it has signed up 700 members for its new equity exchange, which is likely to open in November-December this year, reports PTI.

 

"We have received record 700 applications during the six weeks of our membership drive, which is the highest number of members signed up by any exchange for equity and wholesale debt market (WDM) segments," MCX-SX Managing Director and CEO Joseph Massey told reporters.

 

NSE, India's biggest exchange by volume, launched its operations with nearly 200 members in 1994. BSE started operations in 1875 with 318 members.

 

MCX-SX, which currently operates only in currency derivatives segment, had announced the launch of its membership drive on 5th September. MCX-SX had offered a competitive transaction fee and membership fee structure of Rs30 lakh.

 

The Exchange has already commenced the process of getting members registered with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). After SEBI registers a member, it provides a registration certificate and a unique registration number.

 

"We are ready with the framework and waiting for member's registration process and board decision to go live before year-end," Massey said.

 

The exchange has already received permission from the market regulator SEBI to deal in stocks, equity futures and options, interest rate derivatives and wholesale debt markets.

 

"The exchange will commence barometer index of SX-40," Financial Technologies Chairman and CEO Jignesh Shah said. It would compete with other benchmark indices like BSE's 30-share Sensex and NSE's 50-stock Nifty.

 

MCX-SX intends to have a dedicated platform for small businesses and SMEs should aspire to raise up to $20 million annually through such platforms.

 

"Our entrepreneurs are best in class. They require risk capital. If China can raise $12 billion in fresh capital, I think we have to aspire to raise a minimum $10-20 million of fresh capital by SMEs," Shah said.

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Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services reports impressive 38% increase in net profit

Despite difficult economic climate and high interest rates, the company has reported impressive September quarterly results, with 43% increase in net revenues and 38% increase in net profit

 
Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services (MMFS), of which 56% is owned by Mahindra & Mahindra, posted healthy quarterly results. The standalone net revenues increased to Rs915.72 crore, up 43% year-on-year (y-o-y) when compared to the same period one year ago. Its second quarter operating profit was Rs271.06 crore, up 34% y-o-y from Rs201.65 crore. The net profit was at Rs188 crore during the quarter ended September 30th 2012, registering a growth of 38%, as compared to Rs136 crore during the corresponding period last year. 
 
According the Moneylife database, net revenues fell only twice in the last eight quarters, with the latest quarterly sales growth nearly matching the three-month y-o-y growth average of 46%. This means, the company is able to keep up with the difficult economic climate. Likewise, its operating profit three month y-o-y growth average is 45%, which can be taken as an indicator of the sustainability of its business model and cost control. The company valuation doesn’t seem too expensive, with market capitalisation quoting at 8.39 times its operating profit with return on equity a healthy 25%. 
 
MMFS has a focus on disbursing loans in rural and semi-urban areas. Its quarterly performance may come as a surprise. It registered a loan disbursement growth of 25% y-o-y over the same period last year, a positive sign considering that in this economic climate with higher interest rates, lending will normally be curbed. Apart from vehicle and tractor lending, it is also focussing on light & heavy commercial vehicles and construction equipment. In other words, it is diversifying its product offerings. Currently MMFS has 628 offices and total assets under management of Rs23,770 crore.
 
The stock price of the company rose 1.03% to Rs892.60 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
 

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Keep out journalistic activities from privacy law: Panel

Justice Shah Panel has suggested that publication of personal data for artistic and journalistic purposes need not be considered as infringement of privacy under the proposed legislation.

 
New Delhi: Journalistic activities should be kept out of the purview of the proposed right to privacy law, a government appointed expert panel has suggested, reports PTI.
 
The group headed by retired Justice AP Shah, in its report, suggested that publication of personal data for artistic and journalistic purposes need not be considered as infringement of privacy under the proposed legislation.
 
Besides, the group suggested that government could exempt application of privacy law in case of national security, public order, disclosures in public interest, prevention, detention and prosecution in criminal offences.
 
Referring to sting operation or act of whistle blowing, the report said a "public interest test" would be needed to determine whether personal information should have been disclosed along with all other material gathered.
 
Some restrictions, it said, would be necessary as information about public figures, elites and ordinary persons enters the public domain during the course of sting operation or act of whistle blowing.
 
The group under Shah, a former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, was set up by the Planning Commission in September 2011 to identify the privacy issues and prepare a report to facilitate authoring of the Privacy bill.
 

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