BAT planning to reduce stake in ITC

British American Tobacco (BAT) is the largest shareholder in ITC holding 29.03% stake. It has informed that it is looking to reduce it’s stake as part of the Capital reallocation strategy. “We continue to pursue all opportunities to enhance balance sheet flexibility and, as part of this, we regularly review our stake in ITC. We … Read more

Sanjiv Puri shares some key insights

ITC‘s Chairman and MD, Sanjiv Puri has shared the following – Indian FMCG industry will bounce back by volume sales growth from FY24, led by rural demand, with early signs of recovery already visible. concerns around monsoons this year can be a dampener (he didn’t mention it) ITC will accelerate investments across businesses back to … Read more

Govt sets up expert panel to relook tobacco tax rates

The mandate of the group includes analysing current tax structure of all forms of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, and suggesting various tax rate models for consideration in the preparation of FY23 and future Union budgets. Key points to note – The idea is to have a road map for reducing tobacco demand as per World … Read more

VST Industries setting up nicely for a significant upmove

VST has been one of the under performers in the current bull run. From the high of around Rs 4,500 in January 2020 stock is currently trading at Rs 3,500. I personally attribute the underperformance to Covid-19 and it’s related fear about Cigarette smoking. The same is also reflected in the reported financial performance by … Read more

Pharma, FMCG push hiring activity in India by 24% in September: Naukri.com

Driven by industries like pharma, fast-moving consumer goods, education and IT, hiring activity in India saw a growth of 24 per cent in September compared to the previous month, according to a new report by job portal Naukri on Monday. Further opening up of the economy with unlock measures and increased mobility has led to … Read more

ITC’s Q1 PBT falls 33.8% to Rs 3,435.88 cr, revenues decline 17.2%

A steep decline in cigarettes and hotels revenues due to the nationwide lockdown, imposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, dragged diversified conglomerate, ITC’s profit before tax (PBT) 33.81 per cent to Rs 3,435.88 crore in the June quarter. Revenues from operations fell 17.21 per cent to Rs 10,478.46 crore. Profit after tax was down by … Read more