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Vikram Pandit to buy stake in JM Financial, to head its proposed banking arm

Pandit, who had an unceremonious exit from Citigroup last year, also plans to make investments in JM Financial’s NBFC. He will also set up a $100-million distressed asset fund along with JM Financial

Beginning a new innings, former Citigroup chief Vikram Pandit will spearhead Nimesh Kampani- led JM Financial's proposed banking venture and will also make a strategic investment in the financial services group.

India-origin Pandit will join hands once again with his business partner Hari Aiyar to buy 3% stake in JM Financial for Rs45 crore.

Pandit, Aiyar and Aparna Murthy Aiyar would together buy 2.32 crore warrants at a price of Rs19.50 per piece, aggregating Rs45 crore. JM Financial will issue over 1.16 crore warrants worth about Rs22.6 crore to Pandit alone.

Pandit, who had an unceremonious exit from Citigroup late last year, also plans to make investments in JM Financial’s NBFC. He will also set up a $100-million distressed asset fund along with JM Financial.

“I continue to believe in the long-term growth prospects of India,” Pandit said in a statement issued by JM Financial.

“I have known Nimesh and JM Financial for over two decades and believe that, given the opportunity, JM Financial can provide the banking and financial services that the country needs,” he added.

JM Financial will nominate Pandit as the non-executive chairman of its proposed banking venture in which he and Hari Aiyar would have the right to purchase shares up to the amount prescribed by the RBI (Reserve Bank of India).

In the board meeting held on Thursday, JM Financial decided to give $100 million to global funds managed by a firm led by Pandit. He will be nominated as the non-executive chairman of the NBFC also. It decided to apply for a bank licence as well.

Kampani, the chairman of JM Financial Group, said: “We are very excited to have Vikram as a strategic investor.”

He said association with Pandit will create strong domestic financial services businesses with global reach.

Pandit, who shored up fortunes of Citi after the 2008 financial meltdown, along with Aiyar had co-founded Old Lane hedge fund which was later acquired by Citigroup.


Alkyl Amines Chemicals net profit sinks 39% despite 20% increase in net sales

Alkyl Amines Chemicals saw higher cost of raw materials and finance costs put a dent on its bottomline despite rise in net sales

Alkyl Amines Chemicals has posted 20% year-on-year (y-o-y) increase in net sales which jumped from Rs80.33 crore recorded in the March 2012 quarter to Rs96.60 crore recorded in the March 2013 quarter. However, operating profit for the three months ended March 2013 went up by just 4% to Rs13.17 crore. Its net profit dipped 39% y-o-y, to Rs3.96 crore. This was due to increase raw material costs, financing costs as well as higher tax outgo. Cost of raw materials jumped 35% y-o-y while sales did not increase high enough to offset the cost.
According to the Moneylife database, the company has actually put a series of consistently good quarters as far as sales are concerned. Its average three-quarter y-o-y net sales growth rate is 27% while company saw its net sales increase by 20%. Last three quarters, net sales grew 30%, 17% and 45%, with the last being December 2012 quarter. The company’s market capitalisation is valued at 2.86 times operating profit. Its return on networth and return on capital employed stood at 12% and 23% respectively.
Moneylife had covered Alkyl Amines in the 18 April 2013 issue, and we had recommended investors to wait for the company’s share price to come down to Rs140. Currently, it is trading at Rs146 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). You can check it over here:
Alkyl Amines is a global supplier of amines and amine-based chemicals to the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, rubber chemical and water treatment industries, among others. 
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