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ITC Q1 net rises 7.4% at Rs 2,560 cr; cigarette sales up 6.6%

Company's gross revenue from sales of products and services was at Rs 13,722 cr

Avishek Rakshit  |  Kolkata 

A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata. Photo: Reuters

In line with Street estimates, conglomerate ITC posted a 7.4 per cent rise in net profit to Rs 2,560 crore for the quarter ended June, with a 4.3 per cent rise in gross revenue from of products and services at Rs 13,722 crore.

Net profit during the corresponding period of 2016-17 was Rs 2,385 crore, with revenue of Rs 13,157 crore.
In a statement, the company said its continued to remain under pressure, due to further increase in excise duty in February The government in the Union Budget had raised the on cigarettes by six per cent and furthered it under the new goods and services (GST) regime. However, the company posted a 6.6 per cent increase in at Rs 8,774 crore, while gross profit from the segment increased 8.9 per cent to Rs 3,274 crore. “volumes for the quarter are likely to have been flat. Segmental margins improved 80 basis points to 37.3 per cent, leading to nine per cent in segmental (earnings before interest and taxes) to Rs 3,270 crore,” said Sameer Deshmukh, research analyst with Reliance Securities.

Despite the destocking across trade channels in the wake of GST, the company says it was able to post a nine per cent in the FMCG-Others segment (staples, snacks, confections, products and others) revenue at Rs 2,601 crore, amid a muted demand environment.

“The could have been higher if was not implemented. Destocking has definitely affected performance of the companies, particularly in the space,” Deshmukh added.

Revenue from the hotels segment rose 6.1 per cent to Rs  304.9 crore in the quarter, against Rs 287.4 crore a year before.  Improvement in average room rate and higher food and beverage were primary reasons. However, the improvement in profitability was limited due to loss of revenue at certain properties, particularly the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai on account of the ban on sale of liquor at outlets in proximity to highways and gestation costs of the recently commissioned ITC Grand Bharat, Gurugram.

The agri business division’s performance was impacted by lower crop output and adverse quality of the Andhra leaf tobacco crop due to drought in 2016, beside limited trading opportunities in other agri commodities. This resulted in the revenue from this business shrinking by 1.2 per cent to Rs 2,761 crore.

The quarter also marked ITC’s foray into the premium frozen prawns segment under the ITC Master Chef brand. In the paperboards, paper & packaging segment, although ITC was able to post rising profitability, revenue fell 2.8 per cent to Rs 1,360 crore, owing to sluggish demand and unabsorbed capacity in the paperboard market. "Offtake of paperboards and carton packaging was impacted due to destocking of and pharma products in trade channels, ahead of the transition to GST, and the ban on sale of liquor from outlets in close proximity to highways. Profitability, however, improved on the back of benign input prices and richer product mix,” the company stated.

  Q1 FY 2017-18 Q1 FY 2016-17
Gross Revenue from sale of products and services Rs 13,722.21 cr  Rs 13,156.68 cr
Net Profit   Rs  2560.50 cr  Rs 2,384.67 cr

Source: Company

First Published: Fri, July 28 2017. 00:07 IST