Arvind Mills to Restructure. Job Cuts Planned

Arvind Mills will undertake a major restructuring exercise. The group will merge its strategic business units (SBUs) into two main divisions: apparels and textiles. The move entails job cuts and cost cutting of up to 30%, an initiative to address the rupee crisis.

Reportedly, the strategic business units in the fabrics division, including denims, shirting, khakis, knitwear and voiles, will now be merged and controlled by one business head. Similarly, the businesses in the apparel division, including brands and retail, will be merged as well. This will lead to proper integration among different businesses, focused and joint initiatives and streamlined operations.

DMRC accepts Omaxe tender

Omaxe has announced that tender offer of the company to the tender floated by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for commercial development of chawri bazar metro station, has been accepted by DMRC.

The tender offer comprises of the company’s quoted amount of Rs 25,51,001 per quarter for 1529 sq mtr for the work of commercial development of chawri bazar metro station. The license period is for 12 years from the date of handover of the site by DMRC. The total contract amount for 12 years is Rs 18,43,25,280.40 considering 20% increase on compounding basis after competition of every three years.

IT People’s Follow On Public Offer FAILS

IT People’s follow-on public issue (FPO) was to raise Rs 42.25 crore. The FPO, scheduled to close on 31 August 2007, had a price band of Rs 30 to Rs 32 per share. The FPO was subscribed a mere 0.30 times till 30 August 2007.

The company said it would refund the entire amount received via applications.

At the current price of Rs 31.55, the scrip trades at a PE multiple of 38.47, based on Q1 June 2007 annualised EPS of Rs 0.82.

Buy Ahmednagar Forgings + Ratnamani Metals – Reliance Money

Reliance Money has initiated coverage on Ahmednagar Forgings, a Amtek group company and Ratnmani Metals and Tubes with a BUY rating.

Ahmednagar Forgings Ltd: [AFL]
Amtek Auto Limited holds 51% equity stake in AFL thereby making it a subsidiary. AFL manufactures various forged products like connecting rods, gear blanks, shafts, transmission components, flanges, hubs and is a Tier 1 vendor to OEMs in all major segments i.e. two wheeler, passenger cars, tractors and commercial vehicles. It earns around 80% of total revenue from auto business and 20% from non-auto business.

AFL’s net sales went up by 60% YoY to Rs.6,002mn backed by strong domestic and exports growth. For FY07, AFL reported export revenue to the tune of Rs.2bn, up by almost 10x. AFL’s EBITDA soared by 68% YoY to Rs.1,191mn and its EBITDAmargins grew by a whopping 193bps YoY to 21% from 19% in Q4FY06. It’s noteworthy that AFL’s margins went up despite raw material costs as a percentage of net sales went up by 411bps YoY. For FY07 AFL’s EBITDA jumped by 69% YoY to Rs.1,234mn and its EBITDA margins went up by 108bps YoY to 20.6%.

AFL is expected to report strong net sales and net profit growth at a CAGR of 37% and 36% respectively during FY07-09E.AFL stock currently trades at 12x FY07E and 8x FY08E which is attractive. Reliance is positive on the long term prospects of the company and recommend investors a BUY with a target price of Rs. 337.

Ratnamani Metals and Tubes Ltd: [RMTL]
RMTL is a Tier I supplier of project pipes which have applications mainly in petrochemicals, oil refineries, power plants, sugar refineries, water projects, fertilizer industry, and core engineering industries.

RMTL reported Net sales for Q1FY08 grew by 116% YoY to Rs.1,900mn backed by partial execution of healthy order book and higher capital expenditures incurred in oil & gas industry. The impressive jump in sales in Q1FY08 was mainly because of strong growth in exports from Kutch SEZ which reported export revenue to the tune of Rs.793mn. The net sales growth was driven by both the segments, stainless steel pipes and carbon steel pipes reported strong growth of 142% YoY to Rs.1135mn and 93% YoY to Rs836mn. RMTL is currently sitting on an order book of around Rs.4.31bn (65% -stainless steel pipes and 35% – carbon steel pipes) which will be executed within next 6-8 months. RMTL continue to get healthy order book in FY08E and FY09E as well mainly because of big capex plans announced by oil and gas industry players.

RMTL’s EBITDA grew by 123% YoY to Rs423mn and its EBITDA margins improved by 72bps YoY to 22.3%. RMTL would be able to maintain its EBITDA margins in the range of 21-22% in FY08E & FY09E as well. RMTL stock currently trades at 9x FY08E and 7x FY09E which is attractive. RMTL stock has good potential upside from this level and recommend a BUY with target price of Rs 1361 based on DCF approach. At target price the stock would trade at a P/E multiple of 10x on FY09E earnings.

Sun TV acquires stake in Red FM

Sun TV Network announced that the company, through its subsidiary South Asia FM (SAFL) has entered into a strategic alliance with Red FM to expand its FM radio broadcasting business in the north, west and east Indian markets.

As part of the transaction, SAFL has taken up a 48.9% beneficial interest in Red FM by acquiring equity of the holding companies of Red FM at par. The promoters of Red FM would continue to hold 51.1% in Red FM.

SAFL owns 23 FM radio licenses all over India (except the southern states of Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala). It currently has two operational radio stations at Jaipur and Bhubaneshwar. Red FM, one of the fastest growing FM Radio Companies in India, operates 3 radio stations in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. It is the number 2 player in two of the largest FM radio markets in India viz. Mumbai and Delhi. This alliance enables Sun TV to boost its presence in the fast-growing Radio market in India, Sun TV said in a statement.

Edelweiss bullish on Rolta and Infotech Enterprises

Edelweiss Equity Research is Bullish on the prospects of Rolta India and Infotech Enterprises both Midcap software companies.

Rolta India Ltd:
All-time high order book and pipeline bids. Order book stands at INR 8.4 bn. All business segments witnessing strong traction. A pleasing guidance issued for the first time in the company’s corporate history guiding towards a 33-35% growth in revenues and 33-36% growth in net profits for

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