Controlled by the Aruna Sugars group, India Cements Capital & Finance Ltd., formerly known as Aruna Sugars Finance is engaged in fund-based activities like leasing and hire purchase, bills discounting, fixed deposits and inter-corporate deposits. Its non-fund-based business comprises managing fixed deposits for other companies, syndication of loans, forex broking and advisory services, and dealership on the OTCEI. The company has tied up with Mecklai & Mecklai, Bombay forex brokers, to manage their broking activities in Madras, for which it is entitled to a management fee of 50% of the net profits of the branch. The losses, if any, are debited to the account of Mecklai & Mecklai. The company's offices are at Madras, Bombay, Namakkal, Trichy, Coimbatore, Madurai and Salem. It also opened branches in Bangalore, Cochin & Delhi. The fixed deposit programme of the company which was first rated FA- by CRISIL in 1991-92 has now been upgraded to FAA recently. The company's commerical paper programme has been awarded P1+ rating by CRISIL. The company has applied to SEBI to become a category-I merchant banker. The approval from SEBI will enable it to manage public issues and undertake underwriting, portfolio management, etc. The company's subsidiary Aruna Securities obtained NSE membership in the capital market segment and commenced operations during October'95. During 2000-2001 the commercial paper worth Rs.10 Crores has been given highest rating of 'Ind D1+' from Fitch Rating India Pvt Ltd.The CAR as on 31.03.2001 was 13.12% as against the RBI stipulated 12%.