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Cipla gains 7% on healthy operational performance in Q3

The stock surged 7% to Rs 608 after the EBITDA margins in December quarter improved to 20.9% from 18.6% in year ago quarter and 19.7% in previous quarter.

SI Reporter  |  Mumbai 

Cipla gains 7% on healthy operational performance in Q3

has surged 7% to Rs 608 on BSE in early morning trade after the company reported a healthy performance in December quarter (Q3FY18) with EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) margins improved 230 bps to 20.9% from 18.6% in year ago quarter and 19.7% in previous quarter.

EBITDA margins have been improving continuously driven by cost optimization across all spend lines despite R&D getting stepped up to 7.6% of sales during the quarter, said in a press release.

reported 7.7% year on year (YoY) growth in its consolidated net profit at Rs 4.01 billion in Q3FY18, from Rs 3.75 billion a year earlier. The net profit impacted by one-off related to changes in US tax rates and drop in value of intangibles for US. The adjusted net profit grew 25% on YoY basis.

Total income from operations increased 7% to Rs 39.14 billion from Rs 36.47 billion in the corresponding quarter of previous year.

Strong momentum continues across key including India, South Africa among others; India recorded healthy double digit growth with South Africa delivering its highest ever quarter in terms of sales, the company said.

Analyst at Antique Stock Broking maintain ‘buy’ rating on the stock with target price of Rs 660 as the brokerage firm believe that the operational efficiencies seen in the past three quarters should continue and can lead to 5-7% earnings upgrade in the near term.

At 09:32 AM; the stock was trading 6% higher at Rs 605 on BSE, as compared to 0.66% rise in the S&P BSE Sensex. A combined 1.82 million shares changed hands on the counter on BSE and NSE so far.


First Published: Thu, February 08 2018. 09:34 IST
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