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Rising exports to China surge domestic cotton yarn prices: Ind-Ra

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China’s demand for India’s cotton has pushed domestic yarn prices higher, said India Ratings and Research.

Accordingly, domestic yarn production increased in January 2021, led by a strong export and moderate domestic demand during December 2020.

“While yarn production was substantially lower on a YoY basis up to 8MFY21, exports increased by higher single digits YoY due to a healthy demand from neighbouring countries,”

“China’s demand for Indian yarn resumed to pre-Covid levels during November-December 2020, as against a volume drop from Bangladesh and Vietnam during same period.”

In January 2021, cotton yarn prices increased 15 per cent MoM and 30 per cent YoY, resulting in higher gross margins.

“The higher cotton yarn demand is attributed to the global supply curbs on Xinjiang region (China) cotton, which is benefitting Indian domestic spinners.”

“While exports are likely to moderate during January-February 2021 with likely shutdown of mills ahead of Chinese new year, demand resumption is likely by March 2021.”

Consequently, cotton prices surged by 7-10 per cent MoM during January 2021, led by a strong export demand for cotton yarn.

“The international prices rose by 13-17 per cent YoY, led by the buoyant China demand for US cotton, which is having a rub-off effect on cheaper Indian cotton prices.”

However, apparel exports declined in December 2020, after recovering over September-November 2020 on a YoY basis due to the impact of a second wave of Covid-19 in the US and Europe.

“This would also impact the near-term order book position of ready-made garment exporters for the upcoming fashion season.”

“During November 2020, knitted apparels volumes remained stagnant with realisations gaining by high single digit yoy basis; on the contrary, woven apparels volumes increased by 8.2 per cent and realisations fell substantially yoy basis. During 2020, India exports to the US fell 20-25 per cent YoY in both volume and value terms.”

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Ola to launch electric scooters on Aug 15

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Ola scooter receives 100K bookings in a day.

Electric scooter maker Ola Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd will launch its models on August 15, said Bhavish Aggarwal, Chairman and Group CEO of the company.

“Thanks to all who have reserved our scooter! Planning a launch event for the Ola Scooter on 15th August. Will share full specs and details on product and availability dates. Looking forward to it,” Aggarwal tweeted on Tuesday

Cagey about the vehicle specifications and the price, the company had said that the pricing will be competitive.

The electric scooter will be rolled out of its factory in Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu and the total project outlay has been put at Rs 2,354 crore.

The plant set up over 500 acres of land is an integrated facility with manufacturing, battery as well as supplier parks, ensuring over 90 per cent of parts are localised and in close proximity.

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IL&FS realises Rs 33 cr by selling its vehicles, furniture

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Crisis-ridden IL&FS has recovered around Rs 33.28 crore by selling assets, including vehicles, furniture, and electrical installations among others.

IL&FS Group had identified a total of 38 luxury vehicles within the group, which had a purchase price value of Rs 25 lakh and above.

Out of the identified vehicles, 34 vehicles were sold and 2 others were surrendered to the leasing company.

The sale was conducted via public auction and an amount of Rs 7.33 crore was realized, said a company spokesperson.

However, two luxury vehicles remain within the group due to loan created on both the vehicles, and cannot be sold.

Further, 20 other vehicles including cars, two-wheeler, and project vehicles were also identified and sold for Rs 65.33 lakh with the amount duly realised.

Also, the movable assets of various group companies which included furniture and fixtures, electrical installations, lease improvements, old printers, UPS among others, located at offices, branches, and project sites that were closed or surrendered were auctioned, to recover an amount of around Rs 25.30 crore.

The group had an outstanding debt of Rs 99,355 crore as October 2018. The resolution process of the group and its group companies is underway.

Under the new board, a total of Rs 43,600 crore was the recovery addressed till May 31, 2021, which amounted to 44 per cent of the total debt. Around Rs 50,000 crore of estimated recovery is likely to be addressed by September 2021 and 95 per cent of the estimated recovery – Rs 58,000 crore – is expected to be addressed by March 2021, the group had said last month.

The overall resolution of the IL&FS group companies is likely to stretch beyond the current fiscal as the group has said that around 95 entities will be addressed after FY22 which would result in a debt recovery of around Rs 3,000 crore.

The Board of IL&FS expects to address overall debt recovery of Rs 61,000 crore.

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GST collections expected to improve, says SBI Ecowrap report

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GST collections expected to improve in coming months, said an SBI EcoWrap report.

“The overall GST collections in Apr-Jul 2021 is around 66 per cent higher than Apr-Jul 2020. Under this, the SGST is around 67 per cent higher than the same period last year. This is despite the devastating second wave India witnessed.

“Hence, in the coming months GST collections are expected to improve and states would have additional resources at their disposal to meet their finances,” it said.

Recently, official data showed that net tax collections for Q1FY22 stood at Rs 5.58 lakh crore.

The Q1 FY22 tax collections are 36 per cent of the budgeted tax collections.

“This figure used to be around 26-29 per cent in the previous years.

“Hence, the fiscal situation as of now looks promising even with the added expenditure that the Government has recently announced. It is only the disinvestment figures which could be undershot,” the report said.

The Centre has budgeted Rs 6.66 lakh crore as the states’ share in the tax collections.

“With improvement in the direct tax collections, it is expected that Centre will be able to provide this amount to the states, thereby helping them manage their finances better,” the report said.

In the last fiscal, the Centre had budgeted Rs 7.84 lakh crore, while it could only provide Rs 5.5 lakh crore.

However, the report noted that the Centre, however, has to release Provisional GST compensation to states or UTs to the tune of Rs 81,179 crore for Apr’20-Mar’21 and Rs 55,345 crore for Apr-May’21.

“This is subsequent to deliberations in the 43rd GST Council meeting, where it was decided that the Centre is borrowing Rs 1.59 lakh crore from the market through special window in current FY and passing it on to the states or UTs as a back to back loan in appropriate tranches as was done in last year,” it said.

As per this decision, the report, cited that Rs 75,000 crore has been released to states or UTs as on July 15, 2021.

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