Will Reliance Jio be able to hit 400 million subscriber target by 2020?

Jio is in a neck-and-neck battle with Airtel, which added a similar number of subscribers as Jio in the 15 months from February 2017 to April 2018


It took Reliance Jio just 170 days to hit the 100 million subscriber mark since its launch in September 2016.

But it took the company 15 months to grab the next 100 million, according to sources. Fighting a bitter battle with older telcos, the company reached the 200 million milestone in the middle of May this year. And, they are in a neck and neck battle with Bharti Airtel, which added a similar number of subscribers as Jio in the 15 months through a combination of new customer additions as well as the acquisition of rival telcos including Telenor (36 million) and Tata Teleservices (29 million, pending government nod).

Despite the bruising price war, the Vodafone-Idea combine also added 38 million customers during this period.

Clearly, all the big boys grabbed customers from the smaller players — Aircel, Reliance Communications, TTSL, and Sistema — whose share of the pie fell by half from 33 per cent in February 2017 to 16 per cent in April 2018. With Telenor already having joined Airtel and TTSL about to join, that percentage is likely to come down even more dramatically.

The reason for the longer haul for Jio to reach the next 100 million is simple, and that raises questions on whether they would be able to hit the 400 million target by 2020.

Older telcos, initially stumped by the Jio onslaught, are hitting back — matching tariffs and offering devices at similar prices as the Rs 1,500 feature phone of Jio. Also, the overall telecom market shrunk between February 2017 and April 2018, with 39 million lesser subscribers. This is a clear indication that the market has now matured and additional consumers will become a trickle.

Airtel saw its market share go up since the launch of Jio from 24 per cent to crossing 30 per cent in April end (after the Telenor acquisition). That share will go up further once the TTSL deal is cleared.

Vodafone, which had a 17.8 per cent market share when Jio launched in September 2016, had a market share of 19.74 per cent in April. Idea saw a sharp increase in its market share, up from 16.60 per cent in February 2017 to 19.27 per cent in April 2018, as it was able to grab a lot of 2G customers who were shifting from smaller incumbent players.

NDTV surges 20% as Sebi orders Vishvapradhan Commercial to make open offer

The stock is locked in upper circuit of 20% at Rs 39 on the BSE in early morning trade on Wednesday.


Shares of NDTV are locked in upper circuit of 20% at Rs 39 on the BSE in early morning trade on Wednesday, after the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Tuesday passed an order asking Vishvapradhan Commercial Pvt Ltd (VCPL) to make an open offer for the company.

Till 09:25 am; a combined 160,893 shares changed hands on the counter and there were pending buy orders for 462,932 shares on the BSE and NSE.

“The order noted that VCPL had acquired indirect control through a loan agreement in 2009, which would have necessitated an open offer at the time. The regulator has now asked for this open offer to be made with interest,” Business Standard reported.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to consider the compounding applications filed by news organisation NDTV in a case of alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

“The Bombay High Court has today directed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to consider the compounding application(s) filed by the Company. The Court has ruled in favour of the writ petition number 2026/2017 filed by NDTV against the RBI and Enforcement Directorate,” NDTV said in a BSE filing on Tuesday.

“NDTV had approached the Bombay High Court against the RBI’s refusal to consider its compounding applications in circumstances where the RBI was relying on the Enforcement Directorate’s unsubstantiated allegations against NDTV. The Bombay High Court has today quashed the directive issued by the Enforcement Directorate to RBI which had prevented the compounding, “ it added.

Fortis Q4 loss widens to Rs 9.32 bn on impairment charges amid bidding war Edit

Net loss for the year-ago quarter was Rs 638 million

Fortis Healthcare Ltd, which is embroiled in a takeover battle that has drawn international bidders, on Wednesday said loss for the March quarter ballooned to Rs 9.32 billion ($136.3 million) hurt by impairment charges.

Fortis, which delayed reporting results for the quarter as it completed an internal probe, said the goodwill impairment charges and write-offs were related to inter-corporate deposits and advances.

Net loss for the year-ago quarter was Rs 638 million.

Fortis detailed the findings of its internal investigation and said it was in the process of taking “suitable legal measures” against former Executive Chairman Malvinder Singh to recover payments and company assets held by him.

Fortis has become the target of a bidding war by suitors seeking to get a share of a boom in India’s private healthcare market. Its board is looking at bids from parties including Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare Bhd and a consortium of Manipal Health Enterprises and private equity firm TPG Capital.

Despite the significant interest, no suitor has gone all out on the offer price mainly due to regulatory investigations into allegations that Fortis’ founders, Malvinder Singh and Shivinder Singh, siphoned off funds from the company. They quit as directors in February but have denied any wrongdoing.

Fortis said it will appoint an external agency to investigate its internal controls and also evaluate its organisational structure, including the delegation of powers of the board.

($1 = Rs 68.3600)

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Bharti Airtel announces senior leadership appointments for its B2B unit

Ajay Chitkara has been appointed as Director and CEO, Airtel Business to spearhead the domestic and global enterprise business as one unit

Country’s top telecom operator Bharti Airtel ltd has announced senior leadership appointments for its B2B unit.

Ajay Chitkara has been appointed as Director and CEO, Airtel Business to spearhead the domestic and global enterprise business as one unit.

Chitkara will continue reporting to Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO, Bharti Airtel.

Airtel also announced the appointment of Pankaj Miglani as CEO – Global Business. Miglani will report to Ajay Chitkara. In his previous role, Miglani was CFO, Bharti Infratel and played a key role in the company’s IPO in 2012.

Chitkara has been with Airtel since 2001 and is credited with building brand Airtel in the global wholesale segment. In his previous role as Director & CEO, Global Business and Nxtra, he was responsible for creating business strategies for Carriers, Global Enterprise and OTT segments, and implementing them globally through the regional teams. Under Chitkara’s leadership, Global Business grew in topline to become a billion-dollar business, while EBIT margins jumped five-fold since 2013.

Pankaj Miglani, who is a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary with over 25 years of experience, has earlier worked in Airtel for 10 years in various roles.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, “I am delighted at Ajay’s appointment to lead Airtel’s B2B business as an integrated entity, which will help us leverage our global reach and deep relationships in the enterprise segment. I am also pleased to welcome back Pankaj after his successful stint with Bharti Infratel.”

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HDFC MF gets Sebi go-ahead for IPO after nearly two months on backburner

It will be entirely an offer for sale by promoter HDFC and UK’s Standard Life, who currently hold 57% and 38% respectively

HDFC Mutual Fund has obtained a go-ahead to launch its initial public offering (IPO), two investment bankers handling the issue said.

“Sebi has issued final observation on the offer document. The company will have to respond to the market regulator,” said an investment banker, adding that the asset manager is looking to launch its IPO in the second or third week of July.

HDFC MF couldn’t be immediately reached for a confirmation.

The processing status of draft offer documents filed with Sebi, uploaded on June 22, featured names of 26 companies that are awaiting approval. The list didn’t include the name of HDFC MF.

Among the companies awaiting a nod for their IPO include Lodha Developers, Mazagon Dock and Srei Equipment Finance. As per Sebi’s website, the IPO of Lodha Developers, country’s leading real estate company, has been “kept in abeyance for examination of past violations.”

According to an update on Sebi’s website on April 27, HDFC MF’s IPO was kept abeyance for past violations.

“Sebi needed clarity on some issues, which were provided to them,” said a banker.

Nomura, Kotak Mahindra Capital, Axis Capital, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, CLSA India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Securities, IIFL Holdings, JM Financial, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are the investment banks handling HDFC MF’s IPO.

HDFC MF’s IPO will be the second by a domestic asset manager after Reliance Nippon MF. HDFC MF’s offering will be entirely an offer for sale by promoter HDFC and UK’s Standard Life, who currently hold 57 per cent and 38 per cent respectively. In the IPO, HDFC is selling 4 per cent and Standard Life is offloading 8 per cent stake. The IPO size is expected between Rs 35 billion and Rs 38 billion. The maiden offering could value the asset manager at Rs 307 billion.

HDFC MF currently manages assets worth over Rs 3 trillion making it the second-biggest fund house in the country after ICICI Prudential MF.

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