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Stocks to Watch: Suven Pharma, Vedanta, Radico Khaitan, IHCL, Titan

Here are a few stocks likely to be in focus on Friday, March 1:

Indian economy grew by 8.4% during the October-December quarter of FY 24, according to the quarterly estimates of India's GDP in Q3 FY24. The GDP numbers have surpassed the economists expectation who predicted a contraction from the previous quarter. (Photo: Mint)Premium
Indian economy grew by 8.4% during the October-December quarter of FY 24, according to the quarterly estimates of India's GDP in Q3 FY24. The GDP numbers have surpassed the economists expectation who predicted a contraction from the previous quarter. (Photo: Mint)

Suven Pharmaceuticals: Global private equity firm Advent International has merged two of its pharmaceutical portfolio firms, Cohance Lifesciences and Suven Pharmaceuticals, according to a joint announcement. The merged entity will have three distinct business units – Pharma CDMO, Spec Chem CDMO, and API+ (inclusive of formulations), the release said. For every 11 shares of Suven, 295 shares of Cohance will be allotted, as per the terms of the merger. “The new shares of Suven so issued will be traded on the NSE and BSE. Advent entities shall own around 66.7% stake and the public shareholders will hold around 33% stake in the merged entity. This ratio is pre-ESOP dilution," the firms clarified in the release.

Vedanta: In a major blow to mining conglomerate Vedanta, the Supreme Court rejected the firm’s appeal to restart its Sterlite Copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. The apex court affirmed the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and the 2020 verdict of the Madras High Court to cease operations at the plant due to environmental regulation breaches. The facility was closed after violent demonstrations in 2018 resulted in 13 fatalities.

Radico Khaitan: The makers of Rampur single malt whiskey is witnessing significant growth, driven by a strategic shift towards premium and luxury segments. The focus on high-margin products has resulted in a nearly six-fold increase in shareholder value, from 4,500 crore to 24,000 crore, managing director, Abhishek Khaitan told Mint in an exclusive interaction. To cater to this significant demand for Indian single malts, the company has tripled its plant capacity over the years, and has expanded its permium product portfolio.

Coal India, NLC India, Vedanta: Mining majors Vedanta, Coal India and NLC India, apart from Ola Electric, Jindal Power and Dalmia Group, are among the bidders for 20 blocks in the first tranche of auction for critical mineral blocks in the country. The Union mines ministry on Thursday said it has received more than 50 bids for the 20 critical and strategic mineral blocks in the first tranche, which was launched on 29 November. "The bidders represent a wide array of sectors like mining companies, EV manufactures, cement producers, energy sector etc. Notable among them are Vedanta Ltd, Coal India Ltd, NLC India Ltd, Shree Cement, Orient Cements, Ola Electric, Dalmia Group, Rungta Group and Jindal power etc," the statement said.

Indian Hotels Corporation: In line with its aggressive growth strategy, Puneet Chhatwal, CEO and MD of Indian Hotels Corporation Ltd (IHCL), said the company’s plan to recruit approximately 2,000-2,500 employees in FY25. This substantial hiring initiative is a response to IHCL’s strong pipeline of 85 hotels. Chhatwal said, “Our workforce already exceeds 33,000. Considering our hotel business alone, if each hotel has an average of 100 rooms, we can add up to 2,000-2,500 employees just there."

Titan: CK Venkataraman, Managing Director of Titan, has expressed a strong demand outlook for the premium business sector, predicting that the “growth rhythm" will continue for the next three to four years for the company. Venkataraman, at an event, said, “In the upcoming years, a significant shift in per-capita income is anticipated. The numbers for the top-tier income segment are expected to grow at a faster pace compared to the lower income segments. This trend has been observed over the past few years as well."

DLF: The property developer has outlined plans to launch 10 million sq. ft in FY25, with an expected revenue of 24,200 crore. This is part of its strategy to construct properties in Chennai, Goa, and Mumbai, in addition to their main markets in Gurugram and Panchkula. The company recently informed investors that approximately 5.8 million sq. ft of this development will cater to the super luxury segment. "We will commence our launches in Gurugram, and after two projects here, we will shift our focus to Mumbai and Chennai," said Aakash Ohri, Joint MD and Chief Business Officer at DLF Home Developers, during a recent investors' call.

Tech Mahindra: Following in the footsteps of its peers, Tech Mahindra has urged its employees to work from the office for at least three days a week starting 1 April. In an internal communication, reviewed by Mint, India’s fifth-largest IT services company said that employees were yearning for “spontaneous interactions, collaborative environments", and a deeper “desire for human connection" that was echoing across industries. “Tech Mahindra is preparing to welcome you back to office... we have devised a plan to reintroduce office-based work gradually, starting with three days in-office per week (12 days per month) starting 1 April 2024," according to the mail by Tech Mahindra’s HR team.

Pidilite Industries: The company announced on Thursday that Sudhanshu Vats has been appointed as the Managing Director designate, with Bharat Puri, the current Managing Director set to relinquish his position in April next year upon the conclusion of his term. The Pidilite board endorsed Vats’ appointment as Managing Director Designate during its Thursday meeting. Vats is presently serving as the Deputy Managing Director of Pidilite Industries. In addition, the board has also sanctioned the appointment of Kavinder Singh, currently MD and CEO of Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India, as Executive Director and Joint Managing Director designate.

JSW Steel: The steelmaker on Thursday announced incorporating a wholly-owned arm JSW Green Steel Ltd for the manufacture of hot-rolled and cold-rolled steel products. The arm was incorporated on February 27 in Mumbai and is yet to commence its business operations, JSW Steel informed the exchanges. "The new entity has been incorporated for manufacturing of hot-rolled and cold-rolled products of steel, which is in line with the main line of business of the company," JSW Steel said.

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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: 01 Mar 2024, 07:33 AM IST
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