RIL become first Indian company to hit 10 lakh crore

Oil-to-telecom major Reliance Industries (RIL) on thursday became the first company in India to hit the market capitalisation of Rs 10 lakh crore, after its shares rose to a record high of Rs1,581 apiece. RIL  was also the first company to reach Rs 8 lakh crore mark in August last year.

10 things to know about market capitalisation:

1) Recently, RIL’s telecom unit Jio announced that it will increase tariffs soon after other telecom operators announced plans for a price hike.

2) Sanjiv Bhasin, director of IIFL Securities, says remains positive on RIL shares. RIL’s consumer-centric businesses like Jio, retail and other technology businesses are expected to see strong growth, he says.

3) In the immediate term, a price increase by Jio would benefit its average revenue per user, he added. Mr Bhasin also remains positive on Bharti Airtel.

4) Reliance Jio, which has a user base of about 35 crore users, had posted a stand-alone profit of Rs 990 crore for the quarter ended September 30 on revenue of Rs 12,354 crore.

5) Last month, RIL announced that it will set up a holding company for its digital services business, including telecom, potentially making way for the entry of a strategic investor.

6) RIL will infuse over Rs1 lakh crore in the new company in the form of so-called optionally-convertible preference shares. Following the equity infusion, Reliance Jio will transfer liabilities worth over 1 lakh crore to the subsidiary of the parent, turning Jio almost debt free by March 31, 2020, excluding airwave-related liabilities.

7) Mukesh Ambani had earlier this year announced plans to cut RIL’s net debt to zero in 18 months through measures, including a stake sale in the oil-to-chemicals business to Saudi Aramco. RIL had in August also announced a deal that gives the European oil major a 49% stake in the Indian conglomerate’s fuel retail business.

8) With likely receipt of Rs 1.1 lakh crore from Aramco and BP in FY21, RIL is on course to achieve its target of zero net debt, says Edelweiss Securities, which has a buy rating on the stock with target price of Rs 1,716/share.

9) RIL operates the world’s biggest oil-refining complex in Jamnagar, Gujarat, which can process low-quality crude and turn it into higher-grade fuels, partly protecting it from volatility in prices.

10) Last month, BofAML in a report said that RIL can become the first Indian company to achieve a market capitalisation of $200 billion on the back of its new commerce venture and fixed broadband business. (With Agency Inputs)