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Hinduja Ventures appoints Ashok Mansukhani as MD; net profit remains flat

MUMBAI: Hinduja Ventures Ltd (HVL) whole-time director Ashok Mansukhani has been elevated as the managing director of the company for two years from 30 April 2018 to 29 April 2020. Mansukhani completes his existing term as whole-time director on 29 April.

The appointment was effected at the meeting of the board of directors today. Mansukhani was appointed as the MD and CEO of Hinduja Media Group in February 2017 following Tony D’Silva’s exit.

Mansukhani is a postgraduate from Delhi University and completed his masters in English literature from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, and his LLB from K C Law College, Bombay University.

After a distinguished career in Central Government as an Indian Revenue Service Officer for 22 years, he joined the Hinduja Group in 1996 and has handled various senior responsibilities in the Group, in media and Corporate sphere. Mansukhani has been past president of the Multi System Operator Alliance (MSO Alliance) representing all leading MSOs in the country.

The Board of HVL at its meeting held today approved un-audited standalone financial results for the quarter and nine months ended 31 December 2017.

HVL, on a standalone basis, reported total income of Rs 169.12 crore for the nine months ended 31 December 2017 as against Rs 173.91 crore for the nine months ended 31 December 2016.

Net profit for the nine-month period in 2017 stood at Rs 88.80 crore as against Rs 88.39 crore during the corresponding period in 2016, an increase of 0.47 per cent.

For the quarter ended 31 December 2017, total income of the company stood at Rs 64.88 crore compared with Rs 53.58 crore for the quarter ended 30 September 2017 and Rs 52.79 crore for the quarter ended 31 December 2016.

Net profit for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 stood at Rs 33.76 crore as against Rs 29.55 crore for the quarter ended 30 September 2017 and Rs 35.99 crore for the quarter ended 31 December 2016.

IndusInd Media & Communication Ltd (IMCL), a Hinduja Group subsidiary, continues to make inroads into India’s rural areas through its head-end-in-the-sky (HITS) platform. IMCL is the only digital platform operator (DPO) to cover all 29 states and 4 union territories. This is due to major penetration in the past 12 months utilising NXT Digital’s HITS platform.

The company feels that there is scope for deployment for DPO to an additional 30 million homes in the rural universe of 99 million homes. Another 20 million homes await power to households and will begin to watch television in the next three years.

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