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PVR signs agreement with M3M India in their largest delivered retail project in Gurugram

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PVR has signed an agreement with M3M India to set up an 8-screen multiplex at M3M 65th Avenue, the recently delivered largest luxurious retail project in Gurugram by M3M India, spread across 14 acres, with 1 million square feet of retail space and built with a top-line of Rs. 4000 crore.

M3M India’s 65th Avenue is one of the most luxurious retail properties, located near M3M Golfestate and Trump Towers, at prime Golf Course Extension Road, Gurugram. The 65th Avenue has been designed by Bental Associates, South Africa’s architectural firm.

Announcing the agreement, Sanjeev Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Limited said, “As part of our expansion plan, we have been looking to set-up an ultra-modern and state-of-the-art 8-screen multiplex at a prime property in Gurugram. The M3M 65th Avenue has impressed us a lot in terms of architecture and designing and also the location. It has a huge potential and is expected to cater to about half a million population in the vicinity. We have gone ahead and signed the agreement and looking forward to present the best of movie experience. I am sure, with time 65th Avenue will prove to be one of the most finest and sought after destination for not just movie lovers but also for shoppers and dining audience.”

“I am also looking forward to take this association further with M3M India. I understand M3M India is coming up with a big project near international airport and diplomatic enclave, which will have retail as well as residential complexes. I also understand that this will be located at a central point between Delhi and Gurugram. Though we are exploring more on this project, we definitely have in mind to find an opportunity when it is announced,” Sanjeev Bijli added.

Speaking on the occasion, Pankaj Bansal, Director-M3M India said, “PVR has defined luxurious multiplex experience to movie lovers in India. It has become a synonyms for movie lovers. We are delighted to partner with PVR and welcome them to M3M India’s 65th Avenue. The M3M 65th Avenue has been conceptualized as a high-end experience and association with best of the brands has given 65th Avenue its niche position. It will prove to be another milestone and will provide 360 degree experience to the Gurugram and SPR audience.”

“Our focus has always been to not just meet the expectations of our customers and investors, but also go beyond to give them best of experience and timely possession,” Pankaj Bansal added.

A number of brands have already signed-in for retail space at M3M India’s 65th Avenue which include Reliance Trends, Bikaner, Pantaloons, Max Fashion, Derika, Mastizone, Headmasters, Smaaash and Home Town.

The 65th Avenue will have a 55,000 square feet of food court and a gaming zone of about 42,000 square feet. It will also have 30,000 square feet of meticulously designed atrium, much useful for new product launches. M3M India has so far delivered 40 projects in the last 10 years that include about 4 million square feet of retail space and 20 million square feet of overall space.

Sharing details about this partnership, Pramod Arora, Chief Growth and Strategy Officer, PVR Limited said, “We are happy to announce our upcoming cinema development at Avenue 65, which is a perfect blend of Fun, Food, Fashion and Films under one roof, synonymous to PVR. We look forward to bringing the best of premium & luxury cinema experience for the population around. Designed to be a mecca of entertainment for the millennial city, the multiplex shall also comprise LUXE Cinemas and a lounge for the discerning few, who prefer nothing but the very best.”

M3M India also recently delivered M3M Corner Walk and M3M Prive’. M3M Corner Walk has 874 units spread across 8.7 lakhs square feet space and M3M Prive’ has 298 units spread across 1.9 lakh of square feet space. M3M India’s ATRIUM57, spread across 2 lakh square feet is also a high-street retail project that has all shops either facing main atrium or the main road. The triple height shops (30 feet height) at ground floor in Atrium57 have flexibility of adjusting the height as per the requirements. M3M India has also been in the news for selling over 1000+ units of M3M Soulitude residential project in the very first week of its launch. The Company clocked Rs. 1000 crore sales within first week itself.

PVR is the largest and the most premium film exhibition company in India. Since its inception in 1997, the brand has redefined the way entertainment is perceived in the country. PVR currently operates a cinema circuit comprising of 860 screens at 179 properties in 73 cities (India and Sri Lanka), serving over 100 million patrons annually. PVR offers an array of formats in the premium screen category, which stands at 8 screens of Director’s Cut, 39 screens of LUXE, 04 screens of Sapphire, 09 screens of IMAX, 19 screens of 4DX, 09 screens of P[XL], 13 screens of Playhouse and 01 screen of PVR Onyx across the country.

 

 

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Greaves Cotton Limited announces Q2, FY24 earnings with standalone EBITDA of INR 64 crores

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Greaves Cotton Limited, one of India’s leading diversified engineering companies, has reported standalone revenues of Rs 459 Crores for the second quarter of fiscal year 2024. The Company has reported an improvement in standalone margins, with quarterly EBITDA at INR 64 crores, a growth of 42% over the first quarter of FY24.

The Company is making substantial progress with a strong and diversified strategy across various business sectors. Greaves Engineering has expanded its product portfolio to meet diverse market demands and drive significant export growth. Simultaneously, Excel Controlinkage is on an impressive growth trajectory, fueled by its commitment to tailored solutions and expanding into mechatronics and electronics. In the electric mobility sector, Greaves Electric Mobility maintains its position among the Top Five players in electric two-wheelers (E2W)* and achieved a significant milestone with its highest-ever quarterly sales in the electric three-wheeler (E3W) segment, marking a remarkable 75% increase from the first quarter of FY’24. Their recent announcement with the Greaves ELTRA 3W cargo vehicle launch reflects their dedication to innovation and market diversification.

Greaves Retail has made substantial progress in bolstering its market presence by expanding its multi-brand distribution network for two- and three-wheelers, offering a comprehensive range of spare parts. Additionally, Greaves Spares is expanding its distribution network in northern and eastern India, poised for increased domestic and international traction soon. These accomplishments showcase the Company’s commitment to innovation, market expansion, and sustainable mobility solutions.

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Ms. Akhila Balachandar, CFO, Greaves Cotton Limited, added, “We are pleased to announce that this quarter, standalone, we have delivered a robust performance with 23% y-o-y growth in revenues, 91% y-o-y growth in EBITDA along with improvement in the margins. We are confident that our strong foundation and unwavering commitment to excellence will sustain our success in the forthcoming quarters and the exciting future opportunities.”

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In view of the skyrocketing prices of vegetables amid the ongoing floods and relentless monsoon rain across Pakistan, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Tuesday demanded the government to give permission for vegetable import from India through Wagah border.

LCCI president Nauman Kabir urged the government to grant permission to import vegetables from India to control its prices.

“The recent floods have destroyed crops of tomato, onion, potato and other vegetables across the country,” he said, adding that the crisis is expected to prevail for the next three months. The vegetable crisis could further worsen in September, October and November, he added.

It will take a few days to transport vegetables from India to Pakistan via the Wagah border, Geo News reported. The grocery vendors are charging exorbitant prices from consumers amid the countrywide floods triggered by torrential rains.

The traders are making hefty profits at a time when the death toll from the relentless monsoon rains has exceeded the 1,100-mark and inflicting $10 billion loss on the country’s economy.

According to the details, tomato is being sold at 250 PKR per kg in the market while its official price is 190 PKR per kg.

Similarly, the vendors are selling onion at 300 PKR to 320 PKR per kg while the commodity’s rate was fixed at 290 PKR by the authorities, Geo News reported.

Potatoes are being sold at 120 PKR to 140 PKR per kg instead of its official rate of 100 PKR per kg.

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Garlic is being sold at 250 PKR per kg while its official rate is 200 PKR per kg.

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Airtel to buy Voda’s 4.7% stake at R2.3K cr

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Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Friday said that it will acquire a 4.7 per cent stake in Indus Towers from Vodafone Group for about Rs 2,388 crore, according to a company filing. The transaction will be executed at a price of Rs 187.88 per share, it added. ‘’…pursuant to the above referred agreement dated February 25, 2022 entered inter alia into between certain affiliates of Vodafone Group Plc (including Euro Pacific Securities), the company and Nettle, the transaction shall be executed at Rs 187.88 per share basis the agreed price formula in the agreement, aggregating to Rs 23,880.62 million,’’ Airtel said in a regulatory filing.

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ANIL AMBANI RESIGNS AS DIRECTOR OF RPOWER, RINFRA

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Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani has stepped down as director of Reliance Power and Reliance Infrastructure, following the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) order restraining him from trading in securities or being associated with any listed companies. The development came a month after market regulator SEBI barred Reliance Home Finance, industrialist Anil Ambani, and three other individuals from the securities market for allegedly siphoning off funds from Reliance Home Finance Ltd (RHFL). In February 2022, the regulator had passed t h e o r d e r against Anil Ambani, the younger brother of billionaire Mukesh Ambani, and three other individuals — Amit Bapna, Ravindra Sudhakar and Pinkesh R Shah. “Anil D Ambani, non-executive director, steps down from the board of Reliance Power in compliance of SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) interim order,” Reliance Power said in a BSE filing after market hours on Friday. Similarly, Reliance Infrastructure also informed the exchange about the resignation of Anil Ambani. “Anil D. Ambani, non-executive director, steps down from the Board of Reliance Infrastructure in compliance of SEBI interim order,” it said in a filing to the BSE. “The board of directors of the company unanimously reposed full trust in Ambani’s leadership and invaluable contribution t o st e e r i n g the company through great financial challenges and towards being potentially debt free in the course of the coming financial year,” RPower and RInfra said in their releases. “The board looks forward to an early closure of the matter and inviting Ambani back to provide his vision and leadership to the company in the interest of all stakeholders,” they further added. Reliance Group companies also highlighted that Reliance Infrastructure has created immense value for its around 8 lakh shareholders in the last one year, with the stock price increasing from a low of ₹32 to a high of ₹150, registering a growth of 469%. Similarly, the share price of Reliance Power surged from a low of ₹4 to a high of ₹19, delivering 375% returns to its 36 lakh shareholders in the past one year

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