Fortune Financial Services (I) Limited was incorporated in the year 1991 by J T Poonja, Chairman and Nimish C Shah, Vice Chairman and Managing Director. Fortune Group which comprises the holding company Fortune Financial Services (India) Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is engaged in providing a range of Financial Services right from Equities and Derivatives trading, Equity Research, Commodities Trading, Portfolio Management Services, Distribution of Mutual Funds, IPO & Insurance products and also Investment banking services.
The main activities of the company are conducted through Fortune Financial Services which is also the holding company & its wholly owned subsidiaries, it is engaged in providing a range of Financial Services right from Equities and Derivatives trading, Equity Research, Commodities Trading, Portfolio Management Services, Distribution of Mutual Funds, IPO & Insurance products and also Investment banking services.
Services offered by the company
Equities and Derivatives trading, Equity Research, Commodities trading, Portfolio Management Services, distribution of Mutual Funds, IPO & Insurance products and also Investment banking.
Subsidiaries of the company are:
Fortune Financial Services (India) Ltd
- Fortune Financial Services (I) Ltd. is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and is SEBI registered Category I Merchant Banker. It has recently got approval from SEBI to launch its Portfolio Management Services (PMS). FFSIL has four business verticals viz. Fortune Equity Brokers (I) Limited, Fortune Commodities & Derivatives (I) Ltd., Fortune Credit Capital (I) Ltd. and Fortune Insurance Advisory Services (I) Ltd.
Fortune Equity Brokers (India) Ltd.
- Fortune Equity Brokers (India) Ltd. is 100% subsidiary company of M/s. Fortune Financial Services (India) Ltd. It offers broking services in the Cash and Future & Option Segments of the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd and Bombay Stock Exchange Limited. It is also a Depository Participant of Central Depository Services (India) Ltd.
Fortune Commodities & Derivatives (India) Ltd.
- Fortune Commodities & Derivatives (India) Ltd. is subsidiary company of M/s. Fortune Financial Services (India) Ltd. and engaged in the business of commodities broking. It is having memberships with the MCX and NCDEX, two leading Indian Commodities Exchanges.
Fortune Credit Capital (India) Ltd.
- Fortune Credit Capital (India) Ltd. is 100% subsidiary company of M/s. Fortune Financial Services (India) Ltd. It is formed for the purpose of financing, lending to the clients. The Company has applied with RBI for NBFC license and the same is expected shortly.
Fortune Insurance Advisory Services (India) Ltd.
- Fortune Insurance Advisory Services (India) Ltd. is 100% subsidiary company of M/s. Fortune Financial Services (India) Ltd. and formed for the purpose of providing insurance broking and related products and services.
- J T Poonja and Nimish C Shah incorporated Fortune Financial Services (India) Private Limited as a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC). Besides core investment banking and corporate advisory services, Fortune's also focused on fund based activities such as lease, hire purchase, bill discounting and inter-corporate loans
- Fortune became a SEBI registered Category - I Merchant Banker
- In anticipation of a potential IPO, the name of the Company was changed to Fortune Financial Services (India) Ltd.
- Opened an office in New Delhi to increase the scope of activities
- Authorized Capital of Fortune was increased to Rs 600 lakh
- Fortune made an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of 25 lakh equity shares of Rs.10 each at a premium of Rs. 20 per share aggregating to Rs 750 lakh. The issue was over subscribed by 2.52 times
- Fortune was listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, Delhi Stock Exchange, Ahmedabad Stock Exchange and Madras Stock Exchange
- Fortune opened a branch office in Bangalore
- Fortune was associated with 10 issues aggregating to Rs 115 crore as Lead / Co-managers
- Fortune was involved with underwriting 113 issues for an aggregate amount of Rs 26 crore
- Company received membership of National Stock Exchange (NSE). Fortune promoted a separate company called Good Fortune Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd., to operate this activity and invested Rs10 lakh towards share capital
- Fortune launched its consumer finance division with a primary focus on car financing. Opened offices in Pune and Mangalore
- Fortune handled 9 Investment Banking assignments in its capacity as Lead Managers/ Co-Managers/ Advisors aggregating to Rs 176 crore. This included the issue of Search Chem Industries Limited, a group company of United Phosphorus Limited
- Fortune set up its in-house equity research division with a view to provide equity research to corporate clients and support its corporate finance and investment banking activities
- Fortune started accepting fixed deposits from public. The fixed deposit schemes of the Company is rated 'FA' by CRISIL
- Besides having a fixed deposit center in Mumbai, Fortune opened centers in Madras, Bangalore and New Delhi
- In order to broaden its base in consumer finance, Fortune took up office equipment finance in addition to car financing.
- Fortune extended its focus to External Commercial Borrowings, private placement of Non-Convertible Debentures and Preference Shares for mobilizing funds for its corporate clients.
- Opened offices at Chennai and Chandigargh to promote consumer finance and corporate financing activities.
- Due to a downturn in the market conditions, Fortune's senior management decided to suspend the NBFC activities effective from April 1998
- The fixed deposit scheme of Fortune was rated 'FA' by CRISIL on account of its timely repayment of interest, repayment of the principal and the safety of the deposits
- Fortune stopped accepting / renewing fixed deposits since April 1998
- Fortune Financial became the 1st Indian company to go in for a buyback of its shares, subsequent to the guidelines for Buyback of shares coming into effect from Jan 1999
- Fortune offered to buyback 25% of its paid-up capital of Rs.549 lacs at an offer price of Rs.10/- each per share as against the average quoted market price of Rs.5.65 per share. An amount of Rs.114 lacs was reduced from the share capital consequent to the buyback
- Successfully completed the second buyback and reduced Rs. 47 lacs from the share capital
- Fortune prepaid / repaid all its fixed deposit outstanding along with interest
- Acquired Corporate Membership of Bombay Stock Exchange Limited (BSE)
- In addition to Investment Banking and Corporate Advisory Services, Fortune launched its stock broking activities
- Fortune concluded two major deals involving a FMCG company and a well know media Company's private placement of equity shares
- Fortune completed the private placement of equity shares of Popular Entertainment Network Limited and clickforcotton.com, India's first cotton exchange portal
- Managed few IPOs, take over offers and right issue despite adverse market conditions
- Fortune also made a secondary market placement of equity shares for Goldstone Technologies Ltd., and Mirc Electronics Limited
- Fortune commenced its full fledged broking operation by empanelling with leading FIs / MFs / Banks
- Fortune completed a major take over offer of Noble Explochem
- Reserve Bank of India de-registered Fortune as a NBFC
- Fortune's equity shares are voluntarily de-listed from Madras Stock Exchange
- Managed open offers of Gujarat JHM Hotels Ltd., Punjab Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
- Fortune's equity shares are voluntarily de-listed from Ahmedabad Stock Exchange Ltd
- Fortune empanelled with three institutions for secondary market business
- Fortune empanelled with seventeen institutional clients for its secondary market business
- Fortune was appointed as merchant bankers to manage an open offer by Zircon Traders Ltd.
- Successfully completed the FCCB issues for Alok Industries Limited and United Phosphorus Limited raising approximately $ 110 million
- Opened its branch at Hyderabad to promote stock broking activities
- Fortune's shares are voluntarily de-listed from Delhi Stock Exchange
- Subsidiary company started mutual fund distribution during FY 2003-04
- Fortune was associated with ECB/FCCB overseas fund raising for its Indian mid-sized corporate clients in excess of $250 million.
- Fortune was involved with varied domestic assignments - follow on issues, buyback program, open offers and IPOs for Indian mid-sized corporate clients
- Fortune proposes to increase its capital base by making a bonus issue during FY 2005-2006
- Opened a branch office in Goa
- Commenced F&O operations on the National Stock Exchange (NSE)
- Shareholders of Fortune approved the issuance of bonus shares in the ratio of 1:1
- Allotment of bonus shares was completed on March 31, 2006
- Commenced DP Services