Author Archives: Loknath Das

Marico vs Godrej Consumer Products: Which stock looks more promising amid slowdown?

Consumer goods majors Marico and Godrej Consumer Products reported divergent revenue growth trajectories in the quarter gone by. In both cases, margins expanded, with Marico continuing to put up a better operating performance in recent times. We prefer Marico because of its better financials and convincing moats, particularly in the domestic market. Q1 FY20 review Marico – Revenue growth was driven by healthy volumes Read More

Embassy, Blackstone looking to buy promoters’ stake in Indiabulls Real Estate, says report

Realty firm Embassy Group and its investor partner Blackstone Group LLP are looking to buy the remaining promoters’ stake in Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd (IBREL), reported LiveMint. The Embassy Group had earlier bought 14 percent stake in IBREL from promoter Sameer Gehlaut for around Rs 950 crore in June, said the report. Now the firm, along with Blackstone, is keen on Read More

Stock market update: Realty shares mixed; Indiabulls Real Estate falls 4%

NEW DELHI: Realty shares were trading on a mixed note in Thursday’s morning session. Shares of Prestige Estates ProjectsNSE -0.48 % (up 3 per cent), Phoenix Mills (up 1.80 per cent), Oberoi Realty (up 1.35 per cent) and Godrej Properties (up 0.09 per cent) were trading with gains. Indiabulls Real Estate (down 4.23 per cent), Sunteck RealtyNSE 2.81 % (down 2.97 per cent), DLF Read More

Funds dry up for real estate sector; IL&FS, NBFC crises drag down sector

PE inflows accounted for more than $ 2.1 billion during January-June 2019, whereas 0 million came in from non banking financial companies (NBFCs) and housing finance companies (HFCs). A clutch of factors, including the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections and RBI tightening lending norms for NBFCs and HFCs, impacted investments in real estate during the January-June period in the current calendar year Read More

Was VG Siddhartha’s coffee business really a failed venture?

VG Siddhartha, the owner and founder of the largest coffee chain in India, Cafe Coffee Day (CCD), has mysteriously gone missing since Monday evening. Siddhartha, who is also the Chairman and Managing director of the Coffee Day Enterprise Limited (CDEL) – the holding company of all his companies- is the son-in-law of former Union Minister of Foreign Affairs  and now Read More

Real estate attracts $34 billion PE investment since 2014: Report

On the supply side, the report said the current estimate of housing shortage in urban areas is around 10 million units. Most of the housing shortage lies in the Economically Weaker Section and Lower Income Group segment. Indian real estate has attracted USD 34 billion private equity investment since 2014, largely in commercial real estate because of slowdown in housing Read More

What Technology Is Most Likely to Become Obsolete During Your Lifetime?

Certain Boomer basements are little shrines to obsolescence, untidy stockrooms of the one-time cutting-edge: VCRs, corded telephones, immense beige PC monitors, etc. Way fewer Millennials will have basements to store trash in (‘home ownership’ itself quickly verging on obsolete), but presumably, once climate change really hits and they’re all renting cots in corporatized storm shelters, they’ll have little lockers to Read More

Still teething? Two years on, 20% Hyderabad real estate projects yet to register with RERA

HYDERABAD: In spite of repeated extension of the deadline to register a real estate project and enhancing the late fee to Rs 3 lakh, apart from a 10 per cent penalty, a large number of realtors in the State are yet to comply with the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016. While the Act has been implemented fully in other states, Read More

Insurance contracts with United Healthcare will expire

Following months of negotiations, the contracts will expire July 30, 2019, between United Healthcare and several UAB Health System entities, including – among others – UAB Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, and all other UAB Medicine primary care, specialty care and urgent care clinics, UA Health Services Foundation, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, and Medical West and Baptist Health Read More

The missing number 13 in real estate

NEW DELHI: Buying a house is an emotional decision for many people. Actually, it is one of the biggest investment one makes in their lifetime. That is why for a common man many sentiments are attached to a home. Number 13 – is not only one of the most popular superstitions in the real estate sector but also impacts both residential and commercial sectors Read More