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Hindalco Industries shares drop 14% following disappointing Novelis Q3 results due to capex enhancements

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Hindalco Industries share price declines 14% post Novelis Q3 results: Capex enhancement leads to disappointment

Hindalco Industries saw a drastic decline in its stock price, dropping by 10% in morning trades on Tuesday, following the performance report of its US subsidiary Novelis for the December quarter. While the financials were in line with expectations, analysts expressed disappointment with the Capex guidance and timeline.

Novelis’ 3QFY24 adjusted EBITDA met estimates, but the company revised its capex outlay for a key growth project, greenfield expansion in North America, by 65% to $4.1 billion and delayed the timeline by one year to end-FY2027. Additionally, the management downgraded the return guidance from the project to ‘double digits’.

The net income for Novelis attributable to the common shareholder was reported at $121 million, up from $12 million in the same period last year. Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal year 2024 declined 6% year-on-year to $3.9 billion, driven by lower average aluminum prices while shipments remained flat.

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Furthermore, flat rolled product shipments were at 910 kilotonnes, and adjusted EBITDA per tonne for the company increased by 33% to $499 a tonne. However, analysts noted a decline in the adjusted EBITDA per tonne on a sequential basis. The decline in specialty product shipments was offset by the growth in automotive shipments and a return in demand for beverage packaging sheets.

The outlook for Novelis remains positive in America, despite pressure in Europe and Asia. However, the company’s poor guidance and delayed return have impacted its growth, earnings, and return prospects for the next five years. This steep decline in stock price reflects the market’s concern over Novelis’ future performance and profitability.

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With unsecured personal loans under lens, growth momentum in the segment to derail in coming quarters

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New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) ICICI Securities has warned of a potential derailment of growth momentum in unsecured personal loans due to recent regulatory actions. The report highlights concerns over accelerated growth in unsecured loans and the impact on NBFCs.

The regulatory measures by the RBI include an increase in risk weights on unsecured consumer credit and banks’ funding to NBFCs. This is aimed at prompting lenders to reassess their growth strategies in light of the heightened credit growth in unsecured personal loans since the onset of the Covid pandemic.

The surge in credit demand for personal and consumer loans was driven by factors such as disruption in cashflow for small SMEs, temporary unemployment during the Covid phase, and a focus on lifestyle upliftment. Additionally, tech upgrades during Covid simplified credit delivery and expanded the reach for NBFCs.

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Many NBFCs have adapted to the demand by revamping their processes and partnering with fintechs to leverage their balance sheet. Consequently, credit growth in personal and consumer loans has exceeded 100 per cent CAGR for most NBFCs, far surpassing the sub-20 per cent blended growth between FY21 and December 2023.

The cumulative AUM of NBFCs analyzed in the report amounts to Rs 10 trillion, with unsecured loans exhibiting even faster growth rates. Some players have reported unsecured loan CAGRs exceeding 100 per cent between FY21 and December 2023. This trend underscores the significant impact of unsecured personal loans on the overall credit landscape for NBFCs.

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India advocates for flexibility in existing WTO agreements for developing countries at 13th Ministerial Conference

Abu Dhabi, Feb 26 (IANS) India emphasized at the 13th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Abu Dhabi that developing countries need flexibility in current agreements to address constraints in industrialization. Commerce Secretary Sunil Barthwal led the Indian delegation, highlighting the need for appropriate policy space to tackle longstanding issues.

India raised concerns about combining development issues with new topics like “Trade and Industrial Policy” and objected to integrating Gender and MSMEs discussions within WTO, stating they are already addressed in other international forums.

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In discussions on sustainable development and policy space for industrialization, India stressed the importance of maintaining focus in the multilateral trading system and avoiding mixing non-trade issues with the WTO agenda. The country also promoted a sustainable lifestyle approach, including the LiFE movement for environmental conservation.

Furthermore, India expressed apprehension about the rise of trade protectionist measures under the guise of environmental protection, calling for a balanced approach. The nation urged for a sustainable way of living based on traditions and conservation values to combat climate change effectively.

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SEBI receiving complaints regarding fraudulent trading platforms falsely claiming affiliation with FPIs

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New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Markets regulator SEBI has issued a warning to investors regarding fraudulent schemes claiming affiliation with SEBI-registered Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) and offering stock market access through FPIs or FIIs.

SEBI has been flooded with complaints about trading platforms falsely associating themselves with FPIs and FIIs and luring individuals through online trading courses and mentorship programs. These fraudsters manipulate social media platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram to deceive victims into downloading applications for trading privileges without the need for official accounts.

The regulatory body highlighted that the FPI investment route is not available to resident Indians, with few exceptions as per the SEBI (FPI) Regulations, 2019. SEBI emphasized that there is no provision for an “institutional account” in trading, and investors must have a trading and Demat account with a SEBI-registered broker/trading member and DP for direct access to the equities market.

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SEBI clarified that no relaxations have been granted to FPIs regarding securities market investments by Indian investors. The market regulator urges investors to exercise caution and avoid falling prey to fraudulent schemes propagated through social media and online channels claiming unauthorized stock market access through FPIs or FIIs.

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