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Vodafone Idea Board rummaging through all proposals to raise funds; meeting scheduled for September 4

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The Board of Directors of Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) are going to hold a meeting on Friday (September 4) to consider and evaluate all proposals for raising funds in one or more tranches by way of a public issue, preferential allotment or private placement among other options.

The announcement comes a day after the Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered its verdict on the staggering payment of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) due issue. The apex court gave a 10-year timeline to the telcos to repay their dues, with an upfront payment of 10 per cent by March 31, 2021.

The company in a regulatory filing, said, “the Board of Directors of the Company is scheduled to be held on September 4, 2020, inter-alia, to consider and evaluate any and all proposals for raising of funds in one or more tranches by way of a public issue, preferential allotment, private placement, including a qualified institutions placement or through any other permissible mode and/or combination thereof as may be considered appropriate, by way of issue of equity shares or by way of issue of any instruments or securities including securities convertible into equity shares, Global Depository Receipts, American Depository Receipts or bonds including foreign currency convertible bonds, convertible debentures, warrants, and/or non-convertible debentures including non-convertible debentures along with warrants, which may or may not be listed.”

“A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company is scheduled to be held on September 4, 2020, inter-alia, to consider and evaluate any and all proposals for raising of funds,” the company said in a regulatory filing late Tuesday.

As per government’s assessment, Vodafone Idea owed a total of Rs 58,254 crore to the Department of Telecommunications, (DoT). As per the government, the operator now owes balance AGR dues of around Rs 50,399 crore.

On Wednesday, shares of Vodafone Idea rose after plunging in the previous session weighed down by the Supreme Court verdict. Around 11 a.m., its shares on the BSE were trading at Rs 9.61, higher by 8.10 per cent from its previous close.

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‘Economy likely to enter into technical recession for first time in history’: RBI

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In yet another setback for the struggling Indian economy, the Reserve Bank of India has projected that the economy is likely to enter into a technical recession for the first time in history at the end of the first half of 2020-21.

India has already witnessed a worrying decline of 23.9 per cent in the GDP for April-June quarter which was a result of nationwide lockdown induced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, before the pandemic too, the World Bank had projected India’s economy to grow a mere 4.5 per cent.

The RBI also said that the NSO estimates for the second quarter expected at the end of November 2020 will formally bear out the extent of improvement that occurred in the quarter gone by.

This decline in economy is an eyebrow-raiser for the nation as in the economic terms, when the GDP growth rate is negative for two consecutive quarters or more, it is termed recession.

Perhaps, the Reserve Bank has said that the economy will break out of contraction of the six months gone by and return to positive growth in the October-December quarter of 2020-21.

“With the momentum of September having been sustained, there is optimism that the revival of economic activity is stronger than the mere satiation of pent-up demand released by unlocks and the rebuilding of inventories. If this upturn is sustained in the ensuing two months, there is a strong likelihood that the Indian economy will break out of contraction of the six months gone by and return to positive growth in the third quarter (Q3) of 2020-21,” it said.

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Bezos sells more than $3 billion of Amazon shares

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Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos this week has sold more than $3 billion worth of shares in his company, according to new filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

This marks a significant jump from last year when Bezos sold $2.8 billion worth of shares, CNBC reported on Wednesday.

According to Forbes, Bezos now owns a 10.6 per cent stake in the e-commerce and cloud computing colossus Amazon.

This is the third time this year that the world’s richest person has sold Amazon shares worth billions of dollars. In August, he had sold Amazon shares worth $3.1 billion. Prior to that, he had offloaded shares worth $4.1 billion in February earlier this year.

The latest stock sales are part of a predetermined plan in accordance with insider trading laws, according to the filings with the SEC.

According to a Forbes report on Wednesday, the Amazon CEO remains the world’s richest person with an estimated net worth of $189.6 billion.

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Yes Bank scales up Covid-related provisioning to Rs 1,918 Cr in Q2FY21

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Yes Bank has increased its covid-related provisioning to Rs 1,918 crore in the July-September quarter.

In its investor presentation, the bank said that the total aggregate Covid-related provision is 1.15 per cent of the total advances and provides for potential slippages from the above exposures including potential interest reversals.

In the July-September quarter, the bank made a covid-related provisioning of Rs 1,038 crore taking the cumulative provisioning for covid at Rs 1,918 crore.

The bank said that its balance sheet consolidation continues while improving granularity and liability profile.

It noted that its capital position significantly strengthened by the successful raising of Rs 15,000 crore through FPO. It further said that RBI special liquidity facility of Rs 50,000 crore has been fully repaid.

The bank also raised long term refinance borrowing in excess of Rs 5,500 crore.

On Friday, Yes Bank reported a net profit of Rs 129 crore for the July-September quarter.

During the corresponding quarter of the last financial year (2019-20), the bank had reported a loss of Rs 600 crore.

The net interest income of the restructured bank increased 3.4 per cent on quarter on quarter basis to Rs 1,973 crore.

As of September-end, the bank’s gross non-performing asset (GNPA) stood at 16.9 per cent, down from 17.3 per cent in the previous quarter. Its net NPA was 4.71 per cent against 4.96 per cent in the previous quarter.

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