RIL’s Rs10,440 crore share buyback to start from 1st February

RIL will buy back up to 12 crore shares worth Rs10,440 crore from the open market at a maximum price of Rs870 apiece. The buyback will result in reduction of number of shares accompanied by possible increase in earnings per share and return on capital employed, the company said in a statement

New Delhi: The country’s most-valued firm Reliance Industries (RIL) today said its Rs10,440 crore share buyback offer will start from 1st February and will close on 19 January 2013, reports PTI.

In a public announcement, Reliance Industries said that the buyback which is possibly the largest such programme in the history of the Indian capital market, would start on 1st February and closes on 19th January next year (12 months from the date, the board of directors of the company approved the buy back).

RIL would buy back up to 12 crore equity shares worth Rs10,440 crore from the open market at a maximum price of Rs870 apiece in its first share buyback since 2005.

“The buyback is expected to increase shareholder value.

The buyback of equity share will result in reduction of number of shares accompanied by possible increase in earnings per share and return on capital employed,” RIL said.

“The buyback will also provide a tax efficient mechanism to return money to shareholders and create long-term value for continuing shareholders,” RIL added.

Citigroup global Markets and DSP Merrill Lynch has been appointed as the managers to the buyback offer.

Shares of RIL jumped by 2.21% in early trade. In The shares were quoted at Rs 784.80, higher by 1.79%, on the BSE at 1305 hrs.

Analysts said share buyback could be aimed at helping the stock regain its lost glory, given their sharp plunge of 35% last year, against a fall of about 24% in the market benchmark Sensex.

Shares of the company had tumbled by 3% yesterday after the company reported its first drop in quarterly profit in more than two years due to falling refining margins.

Analysts had also attributed to the fall in share price to size of the buyback, which represented 3.7% of the company’s equity capital. RIL had in December 2004 offered to buyback 10% of its equity at Rs570 per share.

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KEC International wins orders worth Rs371 crore

KEC International has secured orders for supply and construction of transmission lines in the power sector in Gujarat and West Bengal.

KEC International, a billion dollar global infrastructure EPC major, has secured two new orders worth Rs371 crore for the construction of terminal lines in India. KEC International has secured orders for supply and construction of transmission lines in the power sector in Gujarat and West Bengal.

The first order valued at Rs258 crore has been received from Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. The order is for the supply and construction of 400 kV double circuit transmission line from Bhachau (Kutch district) to Essar thermal power station in Gujarat. The total length of the line is 260 km and the contractual completion time is 26 months.

The second order valued at Rs113 crore has been received from Haldia Energy Ltd, a subsidiary of CESC Ltd. The order is for supply and construction of 400 kV double circuit river crossing transmission line between Haldia thermal power plant and Subhash Gram, crossing the Ganga at Kolkata. The contractual completion time is 18 months.

In the late afternoon, KEC International was trading at around Rs52.85 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.56% down from the previous close.

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Coromandel International net profit for third quarter falls 12%

Coromandel International’s Board of Directors declared an interim dividend of 400% (Rs 4 per share) on the face value of Re1 per share.

Coromandel International, the phosphatic fertiliser producer, reported a nearly 12% fall in its standalone net profit for the quarter ended 31 December 2011 at Rs133.56 crore, against Rs150.29 crore in the year-ago period. The fall was due to an exceptional item, which was a non-compete fee of Rs35.53 crore paid to the erstwhile Indian promoters of Sabero Organics.
 
Coromandel International, part of the Rs17,000-crore Murugappa Group, completed the acquisition of Sabero Organics Ltd during the quarter. The company's net sales was Rs2,550 crore, up from Rs2047 crore in the same period last year.

The Board of Directors declared an interim dividend of 400% (Rs4 per share) on face value of Re 1 per share.

Its expenditure also increased to Rs2,327.29 crore from Rs1,842.56 crore during the period. Its consumption of raw materials during the quarter was Rs1,588.19 crore against Rs1,326.21 crore in the previous year.

In the late afternoon, Coromandel International was trading at around Rs273.40 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.13% down from the previous close.

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