Business Live: China's Great Wall agrees to buy General Motors' India plant

 thehindu.com  01/17/2020 09:00:28  5

Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor has agreed to buy General Motors' (GM) car plant in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, two sources aware of the matter said, setting in motion its plan to build cars in the country.

Great Wall, one of the biggest sellers of sports-utility vehicles (SUV) in China, is expected to pay about $250 million to $300 million to acquire the plant, one of the sources said.

The deal, which the sources said could be announced as early as Friday, will give a jumpstart to Great Wall's plans to build and sell cars in India and is likely to pave the way for GM's exit from manufacturing cars in the country. Reuters

Renault reports 3.4% fall in 2019 global sales as China weighs

French automaker Renault on Friday reported a 3.4% fall in 2019 worldwide sales to 3.75 million vehicles despite growth in Europe.

Sales grew by 1.3% to 1.94 million units in Europe but fell 17.2% in China, the automaker said in a statement.

Sales fell by 19.3% in Africa, Middle East, India and the Pacific region.

French rival PSA on Thursday reported a 10% fall in 2019 global sales to 3.49 million units, down from a record 3.88 million, hurt by falls in China, the Middle East and Africa. Reuters

Piramal Enterprises unit to divest its healthcare analytics business

Piramal Enterprises' Dutch unit has agreed to divest its stake in the healthcare insights and analytics business Decision Resources Group to U.S.-based Clarivate Analytics plc for $950 million, according to an exchange filing.

The deal is expected to be completed by next month. The revenue from the healthcare insights and analytics business was Rs. 1,330.74 crores for the financial year ended March 31, 2019, it said.

Adani, Azure top bidders for manufacturing-linked solar tender

Adani Green Energy and Azure Power have emerged as successful bidders in Solar Energy Corporation of Indias first manufacturing-linked solar tender, a top government official said on Friday.

Adani has bid for 1.5 GW solar cell manufacturing capacity and 6 GW generation capacity, MNRE Secretary Anand Kumar said on the sidelines of India Energy Forum-Renewable Energy Summit here.

He also said that Azure Power bid for 500 MW solar cell manufacturing capacity and 2 GW generation capacity. PTI

Amazon promises 1 mln new jobs in India amid tensions with govt

Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it planned to create 1 million jobs in India by 2025, a day after the country's trade minister said the e-commerce giant's recently unveiled $1 billion investment in the country was no big favour.

Amazon said it would create new jobs in India through investments in infrastructure, technology and logistics.

We are investing to create a million new jobs here in India over the next five years, Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said in a statement. Reuters

Alphabet becomes 4th U.S. company to hit $1 trillion mark

Sundar Pichai-led Alphabet, Googles parent company, has joined the elitist club of U.S. companies with $1 trillion valuation, which includes Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

The stock of the company closed at $1,451.70 on Thursday, taking the value to $1 trillion.

iPhone maker Apple was the first U.S. company to hit the $1 trillion threshold in 2018.

According to CNBC, analysts are bullish on the companys newly appointed CEO Pichai. IANS

Moodys places Yes Banks ratings under review; direction uncertain

Moody's investors service has placed Yes Bank's long-term foreign currency issuer rating of B2 under review as the bank's viability is increasingly challenged by its slowness in raising capital, it said.

The rating agency has also placed the bank's long-term foreign and local currency bank deposit ratings of B2, and its foreign currency senior unsecured MTN program rating of (P)B2, under review, with the direction uncertain.

Yes Bank is in discussions with a number of investors to raise new equity capital, which would be credit positive if executed successfully. If the bank successfully recapitalizes and repairs and cleans its balance sheet, its ratings could stabilize or face upward pressure, it said in a statement.

Vodafone Idea tanks 39%, Bharti Airtel gains 4% as investors anticipate two players market

Shares of Vodafone Idea tanked over 39% on Friday to Rs 3.66 while shares of Sunil Bharti Mittal led Bharti Airtel gained over 4% to touch its 52-week high of Rs 498.65 in a firm Mumbai market on Friday as investors anticipate a two players market in the India telco market.This comes after India's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected telcos review plea to reconsider its decision on the adjusted gross revenue (AGR), that may force telcos to cough upto Rs 1.3 lakh crore.Vodafone Idea has AGR dues of about Rs 44,000 crore while Bharti Airtel has AGR dues of about Rs 34,000 crore.Telcos can still file a curative petition in the apex court though it is done only tocure gross miscarriage of justice and analysts see very low chance of success.With no relief on dues from SC, Jefferies Equity Research expect either SC or government to provide relief in terms of payment options."We expect a moratorium on AGR dues for two years and staggered payments post that over a period of time, aiding cash flows.This will be similar to the spectrum dues.We build this in our base case," said Jefferies in a research note.According to Jeffries, even with the reliefs, AGR dues are a drag on Vodafone and will affect operations.

"The price increases are positive, but given high leverage, we expect the 4G rollout to be lower than peers, with VodaIdea losing market share. We retain U/P," said the Jefferies report.

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