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Sun TV Network buys new IPL franchise of Hyderabad

The Maran-owned Sun TV's bid of Rs85.05 crore per annum for the Hyderabad franchisee represent a premium of over 100% than the money paid by Deccan Chargers

 

Mumbai: Sun TV Network on Thursday won the Hyderabad franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Rs85.05 crore per year, marking an end to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)'s hunt for a new team in the wake of the controversial termination of cash-strapped Deccan Chargers, reports PTI.

 

The IPL Governing Council met today to open the bids for the new IPL franchise and Sun TV was found to have the highest bid amount.

 

"SUN TV Network have won the Hyderabad Franchise for Rs85.05 crores per year. This Franchise fee represents a premium of over a 100% above the amount paid by Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd (DCHL) for the Hyderabad Franchise in 2008," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a release.

 

"The SUN TV Network bid was substantially higher than the second bid of PVP Ventures, which was Rs69.03 crores," Jagdale said.

 

In an effort to attract more bidders, the BCCI had kept the base price at a reasonable Rs60 crores per year. DCHL had bought the Hyderabad franchise for Rs428 crores for a period of 10 years.

 

Chennai-based Sun TV Networks is one of India's biggest television networks with 32 TV channels and 45 FM radio stations primarily catering to an audience in the four southern languages of India. Their network includes channels covering news, entertainment, film, documentary and music.

 

The BCCI had floated the tenders for a new IPL franchise after terminating Deccan Chargers' contract on 15th September but the team owners DCHL had challenged it at the Bombay High Court.

 

The High Court had ruled in favour of the BCCI after Deccan Chargers Holdings failed to furnish bank guarantee of Rs100 crore before 12th October 5pm deadline.

 

Later, an arbitrator had ordered for status quo but the High Court again ruled in favour of the Board.

 

DCHL then approached the Supreme Court which, however, declined on 19th October to interfere with the High Court decision which had set aside the status quo order passed by the arbitrator.

 

According to an IPL source, Sun TV has paid Rs20 crore as signing amount and also the bank guarantee of Rs85 crores for the first year.

 

The source said that the Deccan Chargers players, who are now left without a team following the termination of the franchise, will get the first option in the new team owned by Sun TV.

 

"Sun TV will have to inform the IPL by tomorrow as to which Deccan Charger players they want in the team," the source said.

 

Those players not selected will go to the common auction pool.

 

All the IPL franchises will have to indicate by 31st October which players they wish to retain for the sixth edition of the league.

 

The source said that Sun TV and PVP Ventures were the only two companies which bid for the new IPL team. Four other companies had collected the forms but did not bid.

 

The BCCI had begun the process of finding a new IPL team inviting bids in respect of 12 cities -- Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Noida Dharamsala, Indore, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kochi, Nagpur, Rajkot, Ranchi and Vizag -- just a day after terminating the Deccan Chargers' contract on 15th September.

 

The DCHL had challenged the termination of its contract, but the Bombay High Court had on 1st October ordered the company to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs100 crore, bear all expenses for IPL 6, including making payments to BCCI towards franchise, players and support staff. Besides, it was asked to bear the costs of conducting matches and other expenses.

 

But DCHL's failure to submit bank guarantee of Rs100 crore of a nationalised bank by 12th October deadline then allowed BCCI to initiate action in furtherance to the termination.

 

The IPL season 6 will commence from April next year.

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MFs may see revival of flows into equities by early 2013

According to a research report, two conditions that supported the high growth of equity AUM during 2003-08 may be revived by early 2013-gains in investors' portfolios and low bond yields

Mumbai: Mutual fund (MF) industry is likely to see revival of some flows into equity schemes by early 2013 on the back of gains in average assets under management (AUM) in equity portfolios coupled with low bond yields, reports PTI quoting a research report.

 

"Two conditions that supported the high growth of equity AUM during 2003-08 may be revived by early 2013-gains in investors' portfolios and low bond yields," a report by Avendus Securities said.

 

The report also said the present conditions are similar to 2003, when rising gains on the AUM and low rates had led to growth in equity portfolios.

 

The report said the past quarter saw a steady rise in the gains in investors' portfolio of around 6% by the end of September, while the yields on AAA-rated yields dipped 50 basis points.

 

According to the report, the phenomenal rise in stock prices leading to an outflow from equity MFs is nearing an end.

 

"The three-year long trend of a rise in stock prices, leading to a net outflow from equity mutual funds, may be nearing an end. There could be a return to a phase, where a rise in stock prices stimulates net inflows. Such a pattern has been reported for close to six years between mid-2003 and mid-2009," the report said.

 

As per the recent data released by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI), the industry saw an increase of 8% in its AUM for the quarter to September.

 

Average AUM for the July-September period stood at Rs7.47 lakh crore compared to Rs6.92 lakh crore in the year-ago quarter.

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