L & T Finance Holdings recovers to Rs 70 & up 44% from Low inside Two Months

L & T Finance Holdings recovers to Rs 70 & up 44% from Low of Rs 48.30 on February 12,2016….that’s inside Two Months…it also trades in the F & O Segment

It opened 2016 at Rs 65  when Sensex levels were at 27500 +  and closed January 2016 at Rs 58 only to drop sharply below Rs 50 to Rs 48.30 on February 12,2016 and in fact closed February 2016 at Rs 52

Today it’s up to Rs 70 on a day when RBI has dropped Repo Rate to 6.50% ~ cut of 0.25% as expected by the markets & therefore priced in earlier.The Sensex post Noon  & announcement of repo rate cut has corrected over 330 points and is below 25100 currently  but L & T Finance is up 7.4% to Rs 70 !

Have always had a soft corner for L & T Group even when they’re in soft times  & in midst of controversies like just  two years ago in mid  March 2014 when it was introduced for trading in the F & O Segment in mid month just when parent Larsen & Toubro offered a stake through OFS on the Stock Exchange Window at a Floor Price of just Rs 70 on SEBI allowing this route even though they had sold shares in the prior six months.The F & O trading pattern a day or two before showed insiders ( who must have known lower floor price before hand) short selling at Rs 85 levels  & SEBI investigation revealed parties who had never before ever done F & O having indulged in it to make several Crores of Profit

Had been disappointed with L & T Finance Holding’s inability to leverage strongly on the parent L & T Brand in their Finance Foray….This Listed Company should have been over Rs 200 by now inside 5 years  after it’s IPO at Rs 52 in mid 2011….Had recommended it strongly in 2011 & saw it’s price move smartly to Rs 95+ Highs in 2012 & 2013 only to slide back….then had recommended exit as was not enamored with top management who always wore a bored & disinterested look at analyst meets

Then came in Bain Capital in September 2015 to stir the shareholding in the company by picking a preferential post issue  stake of 5.27% through an aggregate of 95.66 m shares & warrants ( to be exercised from six to eighteen months from allotment)  @ Rs 74.This would infuse over Rs 700 crs into the Company.It  also created another Rs 600 cr exposure through a 4.95 % post issue stake by buying 85.2 m shares from parent Larsen & Toubro in market deals at @ Rs 70…the Sensex at the time was @ 26200 levels with the Share Price of L & T Finance Holdings in the Rs 67 to Rs 70 range

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