Union Bank of India Q2 net profit tumbles to Rs303.4 crore

Union Bank of India Ltd said its second quarter net profit fell to Rs303.4 crore from Rs505.1 crore same quarter last year due to substantial increase in non-performing assets (NPAs).

During the September quarter, the lender's total revenues increased to Rs4461.9 crore from Rs3760.9 crore. However it said its net profit was impacted by substantial increase in non-performing asset provision of Rs629 crore as against Rs102 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year, the bank said in a regulatory filing.

On Thursday, Union Bank of India shares fell 5.6% at Rs392 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex declined 1.1% to 20,005 points.


Jindal Steel Q2 net up 11% to Rs894.2 crore

Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) reported 11% jump in consolidated net profit at Rs894.2 crore for the second quarter of this fiscal on robust sales.

The steel-maker had a net profit of Rs808.4 crore in the same period last year, the company said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

During the second quarter to end-September, Jindal Steel's net sales soared 25% to Rs3,078 crore from Rs2,455.6 crore same period last year.

On Thursday, JSPL shares ended 1.5% down at Rs695 on the BSE, while the benchmark Sensex declined 1.1% to 20,005 points.


On the Blackburn Rovers deal, count your chickens, not your goals. But is Venky’s India bent on a self-goal?

The Rs280 crore that the poultry group is planning to pay for Blackburn Rovers isn’t exactly chicken feed for the company. At the end of the last fiscal, Venky’s had a cash balance of only Rs10 crore. How will it cross this road?

Indian poultry firm Venky's Ltd, the flagship company of Pune-based Venkateshwara Hatcheries (VH) Group, on Tuesday announced plans to acquire the English Premier League (EPL) football team, Blackburn Rovers. The deal, which is likely to be completed next month, is pegged at £40 million (around Rs280 crore). This is a record of sorts. Venky's becomes the first Indian company to have a bought an English Premier League team.

However, the deal raises some questions. Is Rs280 crore chicken feed for Venky's? Not really. The company had a cash balance of a paltry Rs10 crore as of March 2010. For the year 2009-10, Venky's had a negative cash flow of Rs2.36 crore.

Moreover, for the past fiscal, the company also had unsecured borrowings of Rs80.56 crore and net worth of a mere Rs206.64 crore on its balance sheet. Over the past five years, total cash accruals have been a negative Rs14 lakh. Venky's has also undertaken an expansion programme at an estimated cost of Rs50 crore in its poultry products segment. On top of that, the group proposes to take on a new obligation of Rs280 crore for buying the football team.

"A series of meetings, including discussions with the Premier League, have followed an extensive due diligence process. Both parties are hopeful that the transaction will be completed in November," John Williams, chairman of the club, said on its official website. In a statement on the Rovers website, VH Group chairperson Anuradha J Desai said, "We expect to be the first Indian company to acquire a Premier League team. We are particularly delighted that the team is Blackburn Rovers, with whom we believe we have many shared values and ambitions."

It is not clear what these shared values are, except poor finances. Blackburn Rovers, based in the Blackburn town of Lancashire, is currently just outside the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference and has won just once since the opening day of the season. It finished 10th in the Premier League last season. It is in the 17th position in the 20-team top division after losing 2-1 to Liverpool two days ago.

The Rs17-billion VH Group, of which Venkateshwara Hatcheries Private Ltd is the flagship company, specialises in poultry farming and claims to be the "largest fully integrated poultry group in Asia." Its businesses interests include food processing, animal healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

The group's international ambitions began around two years ago marketing vaccines and bio-security products in South East Asia and the Middle East. The group's expansion plan includes setting up a customer-care centre in Switzerland and a floating fish plant in Vietnam. The VH group aims to become "Asia's largest poultry firm" in the near future.

While media reports suggested that the deal is being financed by the VH group to the tune of £46 million (Rs322 crore), will the acquisition of the EPL team help in promoting the company's products in countries in Europe, Asia and Africa? Rovers is badly in need of funds for its existence, but should the VH group have rushed in as the saviour?



R Balakrishnan

7 years ago

This is yet another case of personal habits being funded from public coffers. We had listed cos buying teams in IPL. The bloody promoter should put the matter to vote, where he does not vote. And then take a call. This is a fit case for institutional investors to vote with their feet. Sell the bloody stock and get the hell out, if this co is to use shareholder money to kick footballs. Kick the promoters where it hurts them.

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