Archive for July, 2017

RIL: Golden Decade has Begun

July 28, 2017

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is one of the leading conglomerates in India and is led by Mukesh Ambani. RIL is optimistic about its future and has called its next ten years, the golden decade.

RIL’s growth  

The retail and telecom arms of RIL are regarded as “hyper growth platforms” by the company. RIL has been witnessing consistent growth in both these consumer sectors.

The company, apart from having a strong annual cash flow from its petrochemical and energy core businesses, is reaping benefits of its recent huge capital expenditures. RIL’s net profit has crossed the INR 9,000 crore-mark in the first quarter of the Financial Year (FY) 2017-2018.

The company has been relying on its main businesses of refining and petrochemicals that have high margins. However, its retail arm has now been making significant contributions to the total turnover.

Reliance Jio’s growth

The telecom arm of RIL, Reliance Jio offers affordable services to its subscribers. The company predicts a tremendous growth in the future because of the increase in the use of wireless Internet.

It said that Jio has more than 100 million paid subscribers and most of them opt for a tariff plan of INR 349 or higher. Jio has stated that the penetration of smartphones in the market will increase to 60 percent from the current 30 percent in the coming three to four years. Apart from this, Jio also believes that there is a huge scope of growth for high-speed data services as 50 percent of users stream videos and 40 percent consume eSports.

Jio has a wide subscriber base and the users already consume more than 125 crore GB of data with 165 crore hours of video streaming every month. All of this is in addition to the 250 crore minutes of daily voice traffic.

According to the company, an average Indian spends approximately seven times more time on their cell phones every week than on television. This has led to the redefinition of main sectors like entertainment, healthcare, education, and marketplaces. Middlemen are slowly being replaced while direct-to-customer markets are witnessing growth, it added.

RIL’s energy and retail business

According to RIL, its fuel retail business is growing at a rapid rate and enjoys average sales that are higher than competitors. There is no complaint of any malpractice like tampering of fuel pumps and thus RIL has a good credibility in the market.

RIL’s retail sale of diesel has increased by 82 percent in FY 2016-2017. It is because of automation of daily fuel prices at all its fuel retail outlets. This ensures customers that the fuel they are paying for is priced correctly and the prices are updated on time.

The overall sale of retail products by Mukesh Ambani led RIL has a key contribution from the sales proceeds of petroleum products, consumer electronics, and connectivity services. These sectors have observed a strong and sustainable growth, according to the company. Apart from this, the company also revealed that around 66 percent of its retail business is transacted by non-cash modes.

Summary

RIL commented that its “golden decade has begun” owing to high growth expected in its retail and telecom arms.

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Reliance Digital to Head to an INR 40,000 Crore Goal by 2020

July 27, 2017

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has set a goal to make its subsidiary Reliance Digital an INR 40,000 crore entity by the year 2020. Reliance Digital currently handles the company’s mobile phone and consumer electronics sector.

Reliance Digital’s expansion plans

At a business meeting held to celebrate the company’s ten year anniversary, senior executives and company officials of Reliance Digital revealed the business plans. In this meeting, the target for INR 40,000 crore was set.

Current business share of Reliance Digital

Reliance Digital occupies 4 percent of India’s mobile phone and consumer electronics retailing market. In the previous fiscal year, it achieved around INR 11,200 crore sales. This made it the largest contributor of Reliance Retail.

Reliance Digital accounted for 34 percent of the total sales and overtook even the food and groceries retail. In the quarter between April and June, its share in the retail business increased to 41 percent and it outperformed the industry growth in categories like washing machines, air care, microwave ovens, TVs, and mobile phones. Besides, its like-for-like growth in the last financial year was over 21 percent while Reliance Retail’s overall like-for-like growth was 16 percent.

Reliance Digital stores

At present, Reliance Digital operates around 2,000 digital stores in over 700 cities. Of these, 270 are large-format outlets and the rest are smaller-format Jio stores. These Jio stores sell Jio mobile connection, smartphones, and tablets.

As per company officials, the large format stores of Reliance Digital achieved billion-dollar sales last fiscal. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of RIL said that due to the increasing demand for entertainment, data, and connected consumer appliances, eight smartphones are sold in a minute while 68 TVs and 42 laptops are sold in an hour at Reliance Digital stores.

After achieving a 90 percent increase in the consumer electronics business last year, Reliance Digital is expecting the market to grow even more and is making plans on capturing most of this growth.

Way forward for Reliance Digital

To achieve the target of INR 40,000 crores, Reliance Digital will need to increase its market share to 12 percent in the next three years. Here are some of its future plans for achieving this target:

  • For the next three years, Reliance Digital is planning to set up 50 large-format stores every year.
  • The company is also planning on selling large appliances like TVs and ACs via the Jio stores.

About Reliance Digital

Reliance Digital is a subsidiary of Reliance Retail, which is owned by RIL. It offers a wide range of electronic products from top brands. It also offers after sales service and support. This includes product installation, maintenance, repair, and customer services.

About RIL

RIL-led by Mukesh Ambani is a conglomerate of companies whose activities range from petrochemicals to electronic products and retail to hydrocarbon exploration. It is a Fortune 500 company. It is also the largest private sector corporation in India.

Summary

Reliance Digital has set a target of becoming an INR 40,000 crore entity by the year 2020.

After an Increase in Profit, RIL to Buy Stake in Balaji Telefilms

July 21, 2017

Recently, Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced its net profit for the quarter, which ended on 30th June 2017. The company claimed that it earned a net profit of INR 9,108 crore with a year-on-year rise of 28 percent, beating even the Street estimates.

RIL’s earnings and performance

According to RIL’s earning statement, it earned higher operating profits and revenue through the increase in volume, margins, and prices of its petrochemical and refining products. RIL’s Gross Refining Margin (GRM) exceeded that of Singapore’s GRM by USD 5.5 per barrel. The Singapore GRM is known as the benchmark for the region.

RIL gained an amount of INR 1,087 crore due to the sale of its stake in Gulf Africa Petroleum Corp (GAPCO). The favorable product deltas and volume growth caused the company’s segment earnings before interests and tax (Ebit) to rise by 43.7 percent and reach INR 4,031 crore. The new Para-xylene (PX) manufacturing facilities at its Jamnagar complex in Gujarat is also expected to increase earnings as with this plant, RIL has doubled its PX capacity to become the second largest PX producer in the world.

The oil and gas business of RIL saw its revenue decline by 1.2 percent to INR 1,324 crore while the operating losses were at INR 373 crore. The previous year’s operating losses were INR 312 crore.

The retail business of the company saw a rise in the revenue by almost 74 percent to reach INR 11,571 crore with an Ebit of around INR 292 crore.

While RIL’s net debts amounted to a total of INR 128,567 crore as of 30th June 2017, its cash and cash equivalents amounted to around INR 72,107 crore.

A surprise to analysts

As per a research report by Motilal Oswal, in the April to June quarter, RIL was expected to see a decline in its refining business. However, the company’s GRM rose to a nine-year high of USD 11.9 per barrel in comparison to the previous quarter’s USD 11.5 per barrel.

Balaji Telefilms stake

RIL’s Board of Directors has recently approved a plan to buy a 24.92 percent stake in Balaji Telefilms. This will cost the company INR 413 crore. With this acquisition, RIL will be able to secure content for the digital service of its telecom subsidiary, Reliance Jio.

Jeetendra Kapoor, the Chairman of Balaji Telefilms stated that RIL’s investment is a vote of confidence for the company as it is making its move to own viewers and IP of Balaji Telefilms. Balaji Telefilms is also happy to have RIL as a growth partner in becoming the preferred content producer across all geographies as well as across all means of video consumption, he added.

As of now, the promoters of Balaji Telefilms own a 43.29 percent stake in the company. After the issue of new shares to RIL, this will decrease to 32.6 percent. The investment banker responsible for this transaction is Axis Capital.

About Balaji Telefilms

Balaji Telefilms is promoted by Ms. Ekta Kapoor and her family. It produces content for TV. It also produces and distributes films. Besides, the company handles an over-the-top video subscription platform called ALT Balaji.

Summary

Mukesh Ambani led RIL reported a 28 percent year-on-year increase in its net profit and has planned to buy a 24.92 percent stake in Balaji Telefilms.

RIL Hits a New High in the Stock Market

July 14, 2017

On 7th July 2017, Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL’s) stock price rose by 4 percent in intraday trade. This helped it hit a nine-year high in terms of stock performance at INR 1,497.

RIL’s performance in the stock market

RIL’s stock has risen by 39 percent since the beginning of 2017. It ended the session at INR 1,490.80. Between the years 2008 and 2016, RIL’s stock dropped by more than 25 percent. At the same time, the Sensex grew by 31 percent.

Daljeet S. Kohli, the Head of Research at IndiaNivesh expects positive earnings for RIL in Financial Year (FY) 2018 as its large core projects get commissioned. This rise is attributed to its news of consolidation in the telecom industry, the upcoming launch of RIL’s new 4G feature phone, and its petrochemical and refining expansion plans.

Consolidation in the telecom industry

Analysts claim that the telecom consolidation will give RIL better pricing power. Paras Bothra, the Head of Research, Ashika Stock Broking said that the consolidation would result in better operational synergies in terms of reducing costs of network expansion, spectrum, and marketing. With the presence of more than ten players in the telecom market, the telecom companies are facing a strain on their revenues due to the competition.

Launch of RIL’s feature phone

RIL is about to launch a new feature phone. This phone will be launched at RIL’s forthcoming annual general body meeting to be held on 21st July 2017. This phone will support 4G VoLTE and will be available at a price of INR 500.

RIL’s petrochemical industry

Last month RIL and BP announced a project of USD 6 billion to increase the production in the KG basin field. The effects of this move are expected to be seen in RIL’s financial performance in the years 2019-2020.

On 11th July 2017, the Government of India gave RIL a green signal to expand its petrochemical complex in Gujarat. This complex consists of feeding downstream petrochemical, naphtha crackers, fiber intermediates, as well as polyester plants. RIL’s proposal was to increase the production capacity of these plants through expansion, debottlenecking, and technological upgradation. Apart from Gujarat, the company also has plants in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Conditions by the Environment Ministry

On giving its approval, the Environment Ministry has asked RIL to comply with some conditions, which include:

  • Strengthening the existing green belt by 20 hectares.
  • Earmarking 2.5 percent of the INR 2,100 crore project to enterprise social responsibility.
  • Adhering to the stipulations made by the State Government of Gujarat, the Gujarat State Pollution Control Board and other statutory authorities.

Time taken for project completion

As per its proposal, Mukesh Ambani’s RIL has stated that it would complete the debottlenecking of some of its plants in a phased manner in two years. This debottlenecking would start once the company receives the environment clearance (EC) from the Environment Ministry. For setting up of new plants, it is expected that the company would take around three to five years for completion.

Summary

On 7th July 2017, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) hit a new high with its stock performance reaching INR 1,497, a nine-year high since 2008.

Reliance Jio Introduces JioGST Starter Kit

July 7, 2017

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio has launched a new offer introducing JioGST starter kit with its JioFi devices. The new tax regime of Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been introduced in India on 1st July 2017. This new regime is expected to affect businesses and consumers throughout the country.

JioGST starter kit and its offers

One of the GST Suvidha Providers (GSP) in India is Reliance Jio. GSP was set up in order to allow taxpayers to easily comply with the provisions of GST. Thus, Jio is releasing a JioGST starter kit to aid its consumers in the process of transitioning to the new tax regime.

In the GST starter kit, subscribers will have access to ‘Jio-GST Solution’ along with 24 GB 4G data. The solution will help retailers in maintaining records, filing GST returns, and conforming to the rules of GST.

Apart from this, the users of the JioGST starter kit will be able to enjoy benefits that amount to INR 10,884. All of this will be available for the price of a single JioFi device which costs INR 1,999. All the related information about this offer may be found on Jio’s website, below the heading ‘JioGST Starter Kit Value Proposition.’

Given below are the offers that Reliance Jio has as a part of its JioGST starter kit:

  1. Mobile-first compliance solution 

Subscribers are eligible to get free GSP and Application Service Provider (ASP) services for a period of one year. Any special computer accounting or billing software will not be required for businessmen who avail of this offer as purchase summary will be generated automatically.

  1. Device and connectivity

Subscribers who choose to avail of this offer will get unlimited voice calling as well as 24 GB of high-speed 4G data for a period of one year with JioFi device. Users may also order doorstep delivery and activation. However, this feature is only available in selected cities. 

  1. Scan and sell

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio is providing its subscribers with a user-friendly mobile-based billing application for one year. Users who opt for this application will get daily summary invoices in order to ensure that they are fully GST compliant. Since the application will provide the invoices on the phone, users will not need  a printer. Besides, the app also features a catalog of thousands of consumer, grocery, and electronic products along with tax codes.

  1. Tax professionals

Through this offering, users will get access to numerous JioGST empanelled tax practitioners. Thus, the subscriber may authorize a professional to file a return for added convenience.

How to purchase the JioGST starter kit?

To avail of these benefits, purchasing the kit is required. Mentioned below are the steps for getting the kit:

  1. To get the JioGST kit, log on to Jio’s website and place an order for the starter kit.
  2. If you do not have a Jio SIM, visit any Reliance Digital, Mini, or Jio Store to get the Jio SIM.
  3. After you have both the device and the starter kit, log on to the website JioGST.com. Here you may choose your Goods and Services Tax Identification Number (GSTIN) and pair your JioFi Mobile Station International Subscriber Directory Number (MSISDN). This will activate your JioGST starter kit.

Summary

Reliance Jio has announced a JioGST starter kit for INR 1,999 with its JioFi device.