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Havells India falls 6% post September-quarter earnings

In last three months, the stock outperformed the market and gained 17% against 1.5% rise in Sensex till Monday

SI Reporter  |  Mumbai 

Havells India falls 6% post Q2 results

dipped 6% to Rs 512 on the BSE in intra-day trade in otherwise firm market after the company reported single digit growth in standalone net revenue (excluding Lloyd) at Rs 1,508 crore in September quarter (Q2FY18).  It had net revenue of Rs 1,452 crore in Q2FY17.

Net profit of the company during the quarter under review grew 9% to Rs 159 crore against Rs 146 crore in the corresponding quarter of previous fiscal.

“The transition to Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime which led to the decline in primary off take starting May 2017, continued its impact on the business during the quarter,” said in a press release.

We believe that GST would render long term benefits though currently it is disruptive in impact. We are experiencing slowdown in demand due to perceived higher pricing of electrical products and slower primary re-stocking post GST de-stocking in June, it added.

Analysts at Institutional Equities, trim Havells’ FY19/20ii EPS by 6/4%, to factor near term weakness in demand from housing sector and GST impact.

had sacrificed margins to gain market share during demon (2HFY17). However, a reversal in the approach post-GST should help profitability to recover, despite lower sales. Though Lloyds’ margins were optically impressive in 2QFY18, does not expect the gains to sustain for FY18,” the brokerage firm said in company update.

At 11:48 am, the stock was down 5% at Rs 513 on the BSE, as compared to 0.24% rise in the S&P BSE A combined 2.65 million shares changed hands on the counter on the BSE and NSE so far.

However, in past three months, the stock had outperformed the market and gained 17% against 1.5% rise in the benchmark index till Monday.

First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 11:53 IST
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