Pledging Of Shares Pledging of shares is a simple mechanism where promoters, in order to raise funds for either personal or company needs, pledge their holding shares to any financial institution. A phenomenon in which the promoter of an entity keeps his own stake as collateral for the borrowed funds; the debt can be for […]

Here Honda which is a Joint Venture between Japanese Automajor Honda and the Hero Group of India is restructuring such that Honda will exit the JV.Note Hero Honda has been immensely successful over the last 2 years riding a vehicle boom in India.While other autos stocks like Mahindra,Tata Motors have risen a lot,Hero Honda has been the star with its leading marketshare in the motorcycle market of India.The terms of the deal in which Honda will sell its 26% stake in the company to the Hero Group is very damaging to minority investors in the JV.According to the deal proposed by the Hero Group and accepted in principle by Honda,the Hero Group will get the 26% at a sharp discount from its market price and in return Honda will get much higher royalties for the next 3 years.This is an open and blatant looting of the minority investors.Note the beneficiaries of this deal will be the promoters at the expense of minority investors since they will have to bear the burden of much higher royalties in the future.

Ravi Kumar Distilleries (RKDL) is another low quality company coming out with an IPO to take advantage of the current bullish conditions of the Indian Stock Market.It is not the first junk IPO nor is going to be the last ,it is an addition to the list of low quality companies which have given huge losses to investor unfortunate enough to subscrible.Note more than 50% of the companies coming out with an IPO over the last year are trading well below issue price.Recent Stock Market Scandals show the complicity of market operators,shady promoters and compromised financial institutions.Note the other recent IPOs by the investment banker for RKDL IPO have resulted in massive losses for investors.It would take a miracle for this one to prove a success.Ravi Kumar Distilleries (RKDL), plans to raise Rs 74 crore through its Initial Public Offer (IPO) and has fixed the price-band at between Rs 56-64 per share for the issue.Here are some of the main features of the IPO