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SCI plans to start a new container liner route from India to Africa, in addition to the European route which the company proposes to run through a JV with Mediterranean Shipping Co
State-owned Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) plans to start a new container liner route from India to Africa in addition to the European route which the company proposes to run through a joint venture (JV) with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a senior company official said.
"We are evaluating various options to start an India-Africa liner route. We also have plans to acquire three new container ships by this year-end," the SCI official told PTI in Mumbai.
SCI has earmarked $200 million-$225 million to fund these three vessel-purchases and plans to float a tender for the same in the next few days.
The entity plans to purchase the three new container vessels along with its existing JV partner MSC. These will be executed after securing Board approval, the official said.
In May 2009, SCI had entered into an agreement with MSC to run its European service.
Presently, SCI has a total fleet strength of 76, which includes five container vessels.
"We have seen a significant pick up in volumes in the recent past, on account of the recovery in domestic and global markets. Volumes are expected to pick up further in the months ahead," the official said.
"In the long term, there is a huge potential in this business. The recovery in freight rates is most notable on the Asia-Europe routes with all container routes showing signs of improvement," the SCI official said.
Vessel prices have also declined in recent months, a factor which is favourable to SCI while making its vessel purchases, the official said. He, however, did not divulge further financial details.
SCI also operates feeder cargo vessels along India's west coast, besides operating cargo vessels in the coastal regions of the country.
Tata's Rs21,000-crore steel plant project in Orissa, already delayed by four years due to stiff resistance from locals over the issues of displacement and rehabilitation, is likely start construction work next month
The Ratan Tata-led Tata Steel Ltd's Rs21,000-crore steel plant project in Orissa, already delayed by four years due to stiff resistance from locals over the issues of displacement and rehabilitation, is likely start construction work next month, a senior company official said.
Tata Steel has plans to build a six million tonne steel plant at Kalinganagar Industrial Complex in Jajpur district of Orissa.
"We have received 80% of the required land from the state government and the balance will be received soon. We will start construction work next month," Tata Steel India's chief for corporate affairs and communications, Sanjay Chowdhary, told PTI over the phone.
"The company has already placed orders worth Rs6,373 crore for equipment and civil structures for the project. The first consignment of equipment, Steel Melting Shop (SMS) for the project, has reached Kalinganagar from Germany recently," Mr Chowdhary, said.
"More equipment will arrive in the next three to four days," he said. Over Rs500 crore of equipment will reach the site before the end of this fiscal, he added.
"At least 11 consignments of equipment and machinery worth Rs200 crore for the project have arrived in India," he said.
Tata Steel had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Orissa government in November 2004 for setting up the integrated steel plant at Kalinganagar.
"We have already shifted around 807 out of the 1,195 families and we are in talks with the locals to rehabilitate the remaining families," he said.
The steel project ran into rough weather after 14 people were killed in police firing on 2 January 2006, while opposing the construction of the steel plant's boundary wall.
The company’s operating profit has fallen by 3% and new stock is being issued at a high P/E of 21.
IntraSoft Technologies Ltd, incorporated in 1996, which owns e-greetings card portal 123greetings.com, hits the market with its initial public offering (IPO) on 23 March 2010. Although the company’s fundamentals have improved marginally, the stock looks pricey at Rs145 at the upper band. Currently, there is no comparable stock in this space.
The promoters will hold 38.02% post-issue and 12.2% will be held by Intel Capital (Mauritius) Ltd. The issue closes on 26 March 2010. The company is issuing 37,00,000 shares at a price band of Rs137-Rs145. It plans to mop up Rs50.69 crore at the lower band and Rs53.65 crore at the upper band from the issue.
The funds will be utilised for branding and promotion, purchase of a corporate office in Kolkata, investment in technology infrastructure and general corporate purposes.
IntraSoft is engaged in providing electronic greeting cards, development of digital content and online marketing. According to comScore, between November 2008-October 2009, about 9.12 crore people visited the IntraSoft site.
The company’s net profit for FY09 stood at Rs5.32 crore, up 20% compared to Rs4.40 crore in the previous year. IntraSoft’s consolidated operating profit has fallen by 3% at Rs4.62 crore in FY09 from Rs4.77 crore in FY08. For the six months to September 2009, it registered a net profit of Rs3.10 crore.
Its earnings per share (EPS) for FY09 were Rs5.77 and Rs4.34 in FY08. Its return on net worth (RoNW) was 14.41% in FY09 compared to 11.35% in FY08. Its expected EPS works out to Rs6.70 for the year ahead on a PE of 21 on an annualised basis.
The company derives its revenue solely from advertisers and not subscribers. Overseas advertisers account for a major proportion of IntraSoft’s revenues. Its operating income from overseas advertisers (as compared to total income) in FY08, FY07 and FY06 was 68.42%, 79.07% and 93.87%, respectively. It registered a total income of Rs23.35 crore in FY09, up 16% compared to Rs20.17 crore last year.
Anand Rathi Advisors Ltd and Collins Stewart Inga Pvt Ltd are the lead
book-running managers of the issue. CARE has assigned an IPO grade of ‘3’ to the IPO indicating ‘average’ fundamentals.