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Business News/ Markets / Stock Markets/  Stocks to Watch: UltraTech Cement, ZEEL, Mahindra Finance, JSW Energy, Zomato

Stocks to Watch: UltraTech Cement, ZEEL, Mahindra Finance, JSW Energy, Zomato

Here are a few stocks likely to be in focus on Wednesday, April 3:

The NSE F&O ban list for April 3 includes Hindustan Copper. (Photo: Reuters)Premium
The NSE F&O ban list for April 3 includes Hindustan Copper. (Photo: Reuters)

UltraTech Cement: The company has announced its plan to allocate 32,400 crore for capital expenditure over the coming three years, aiming to expand its operations. The firm intends to augment its capacity to approximately 200 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in the near term. In addition, the company has reported the initiation of two new greenfield projects with an aggregate capacity of 5.4 MTPA. These projects, located in Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu, will increase the company's total capacity to 151.6 MTPA. In the previous year, the cement producer has boosted its capacity by 18.7 MTPA. Additional expansions, amounting to 35.5 MTPA, are presently in progress at 16 sites.

Zee Entertainment Enterprises: Punit Goenka, CEO and managing director of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, has announced a voluntary 20% reduction in his salary. Goenka said, "As we strive towards our future goals, the organization is firmly committed to embracing a cost-effective approach. I am currently executing the necessary measures across all company divisions, and I believe the desired shift in mindset should start with me." He clarified that the salary reduction applies solely to him. In the fiscal year 2023, Goenka's compensation totaled 35 crore, while it was 41.1 crore and 13.2 crore, respectively, in FY22 and FY21.

Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services: The company announced a strong performance for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024, with increases in disbursements and business assets. In March 2024, the company's total disbursements were estimated at around 6,100 crore, reflecting a 9% growth from the previous year. The fourth quarter of FY24 saw disbursements of about 15,300 crore, an 11% increase year-on-year. The total disbursements for the fiscal year reached approximately 56,200 crore, marking a 13% year-on-year growth. These positive disbursement trends throughout FY24 led to an increase in business assets, which stood at around 1,02,400 crore as of March 31, 2024. This is a significant 24% growth from March 31, 2023, and a 6% increase from December 31, 2023.

JSW Energy: JSW Energy announced on Tuesday its intention to raise 5,000 crore through a Qualified Institutional Placement process. The shares will be sold to high net worth investors and the QIP will be conducted in one or more tranches. The company has not revealed the purpose of this fundraising. In a regulatory filing, the company stated that it plans to place equity shares with a face value of 10 each to eligible investors for a total amount not exceeding 5,000 crore in one or more tranches. The specifics of the QIP, including dates and pricing, are still to be determined.

Hindustan Zinc: For the quarter ending in March FY24, Hindustan Zinc reported a 1% year-on-year (YoY) decrease in mined metal production, dropping to 299 kt. However, there was an 11% increase sequentially, attributed to a combination of enhanced mined metal grades and increased ore production across various mines. Refined metal production saw a rise, with 273 kt marking a 6% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) increase due to improved plant availability. The YoY increase for refined metal production was 1%.

Zomato: The company has disclosed that it has been served with a service tax demand and penalty order exceeding 184 crore for the period from October 2014 to June 2017. The company said that it plans to contest the order before a suitable authority. The demand order pertains to the non-payment of service tax on specific sales conducted by the company's foreign subsidiaries and branches to its customers situated outside India, as revealed in a late-night regulatory filing by Zomato.

Shriram Properties: On Tuesday, April 2, Shriram Properties said that its subsidiary, Shriram Properties and Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd, has been issued a penalty order of 446.79 crore by the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, Central Circle 1 (4) Chennai. This penalty is connected to income tax proceedings for FY18 under Section 153C, which pertains to the sale of shares in the subsidiary, as per a filing with the stock exchange. The company said that according to legal advise, the penalty order is not sustainable as it is linked to a tax demand currently being contested in the Madras High Court. The order only specifies the penalty amount.

Axis Bank: The Competition Commission of India announced on Tuesday that it has given the green light for Axis Bank's planned stake acquisition in Max Life Insurance Company Ltd. This approval comes after the company's announcement in August last year about a capital boost from Axis Bank. This was achieved through the issuance of 14.25 crore equity shares, aimed at supporting Max Life's future growth plans, enhancing its capital position, and improving solvency margins.

Biocon: Biocon Biologics, a subsidiary of Biocon, has finalized the transfer of its branded formulations business in India to Eris Lifesciences. The transaction, conducted on a slump sale basis, is valued at 1,242 crore. The business includes metabolics, oncology, and critical care diagnostics.

Anupam Rasayan India: The company has signed a letter of intent with a multinational corporation from Japan. The deal, valued at $90 million ( 743 crore), spans over seven years and involves the supply of two advanced intermediates using fluorination chemistry.

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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: 03 Apr 2024, 07:47 AM IST
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