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Business News/ Markets / Stock Markets/  Stocks to Watch: Paytm, Eris Life, Biocon, Ashok Leyland, Vedanta, IIFL Finance

Stocks to Watch: Paytm, Eris Life, Biocon, Ashok Leyland, Vedanta, IIFL Finance

Here are a few stocks likely to be in focus on Friday, March 15:

The NSE F&O ban list for Friday, March 15, includes BHEL, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail, Manappuram Finance, National Aluminium Company, Piramal Enterprises, RBL Bank, SAIL, Tata Chemicals and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. (Photo: Bloomberg)Premium
The NSE F&O ban list for Friday, March 15, includes BHEL, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail, Manappuram Finance, National Aluminium Company, Piramal Enterprises, RBL Bank, SAIL, Tata Chemicals and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Paytm: On the eve of the March 15 deadline for Paytm Payments Bank to cease operations, Paytm secured a third-party application provider license from the National Payments Corporation of India on Thursday. This license will offer an alternative payment method to Paytm's customers via its app, following the shutdown of its banking division, Paytm Payments Bank, due to regulatory non-compliance. In related news, there are reports suggesting a potential 20% reduction in team sizes at Paytm. However, the company has described this as a 'routine' employee assessment.

Eris Lifesciences, Biocon: Eris Lifesciences, a company specializing in branded formulations, is set to buy the domestic branded formulation business of Biocon Biologics, Biocon's biosimilar division, for 1,242 crore, as announced by both companies on Thursday. This acquisition, funded through debt, will pave the way for Eris's debut in the Indian injectables market, which is worth over 30,000 crore. The deal will also bring two prominent insulin brands, Basalog and Insugen, under Eris's umbrella, as per the company's exchange filing.

Ashok Leyland: Creador, a private equity firm with a focus on business investments in South and Southeast Asia, is set to purchase a 19.6% share in Hinduja Tech Ltd, a global mobility engineering R&D services company and a subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, for $50 million. This investment will result in a post-money equity valuation of $255 million for Hinduja Tech. The capital infusion will enable Hinduja Tech to broaden its research and development capabilities, increase its global presence, and enhance its cutting-edge laboratories, as stated by the company.

Vedanta: The company's proposed business demerger could encounter significant obstacles from minority shareholders and creditors, a report from Credit Sights, a company under FitchSolutions, has indicated. The report maintains that the planned demerger of Vedanta Ltd's other businesses may face substantial challenges from minority shareholders and/or creditors, potentially causing delays or even derailing the deal. It also notes that there have been scant updates on the progress of the demerger since its announcement in September 2023.

Novartis India: The company, a subsidiary of the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG, is currently in talks to finalize a distribution partner for the upcoming launch of Asciminib. This novel treatment, which targets the ABL myristoyl pocket (STAMP), is a first-of-its-kind for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), according to Amitabh Dube, the Country President and Managing Director of the company. Dube, in an email conversation with Mint, said that the company plans to introduce the treatment in India by the end of the month, but refrained from disclosing specific details about potential partnerships for the brand. He added, "We are gearing up for the Asciminib launch in India this month. However, it's too early to discuss any brand partnerships in India."

IIFL Finance: On March 14, ratings agency Fitch placed IIFL Finance on a 'Rating Watch Negative' (RWN), following a directive issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on March 4, instructing IIFL Finance to halt new gold-backed lending and associated off-balance-sheet funding transactions. The RWN suggests that the rating could either remain the same or be downgraded once the Watch is resolved. Fitch stated in a press release that the implications of these restrictions would hinge on their duration and any potential spill-over effects on the rest of IIFL Finance's operations.

Religare Enterprises: InGovern, a proxy advisory firm, has expressed concerns over Religare Enterprises' proposal to inject 15 crore of new capital into its subsidiary, MIC Insurance Web Aggregator. Religare is currently seeking shareholder approval for this capital infusion through share subscription, with the postal ballot results due on March 23. InGovern's research report noted that the Religare board has not justified the fund infusion nor disclosed any financial or valuation details about MIC.

J Kumar Infraprojects: The Mumbai-based company anticipates a revenue growth of 16-17% in the forthcoming fiscal year, an increase from the earlier projected 15%. The company's Managing Director, Nalin Gupta, said that these growth estimates are backed by a robust order book. By the conclusion of the current fiscal year, the company forecasts having orders valued at approximately 19,000 crore and expects an inflow of around 7,000-8,000 crore in orders the following year. Gupta expressed confidence in the company's progress towards its goal of achieving a billion-dollar revenue by the 2027 fiscal year. He also mentioned that the company's EBITDA margins are projected to stay within the range of 14-15%.

IRB Infrastructure Developers: On Thursday, March 14, IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd announced that Cintra, a subsidiary of the Spanish construction behemoth Ferrovial, has agreed to purchase a 24% stake in IRB Infrastructure Trust from GIC Affiliates. Ferrovial said that the stake would be acquired for $810 million (approximately 6,720 crore). Ferrovial anticipates that the deal will be finalized by the end of April 2024.

Navin Fluorine International: On Thursday, March 14, flurochemicals manufacturer Navin Fluorine International Ltd, announced that its board of directors has sanctioned an investment of around 250 crore in its fully owned subsidiary, Navin Fluorine Advanced Sciences Ltd (NFASL). This investment, which is endorsed by the Audit Committee, will be made by subscribing to non-cumulative, non-convertible, non-participating, redeemable preference shares. A substantial part of this investment will be directed towards settling existing inter-corporate deposits and addressing further business financing needs of NFASL.

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Pranay Prakash
My experience as a Finance Journalist has involved working as a Web Producer and Sub Editor at a wire agency and business magazine, respectively, where I have curated various domain specific news pages, and later edited long-form, in-depth pieces on everything from India's corporates to the state of the economy, and various sectors. At Mint, I am involved in the editing of market copies and the curation of the live markets blog. Apart from the financial markets, my interest encompass topics related to the economy, the political economy of a growing economy, the space of policy design, and how it affects the wider economy and the decisions of corporates and consumers alike.
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Published: 15 Mar 2024, 08:03 AM IST
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