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Bharat Forge tumbles after Q3 PAT slumps 81% YoY

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Bharat Forge tumbled 4.27% to Rs 496.05 after the company announced dismal Q3 2019 numbers during market hours today, 10 February 2020.

Bharat Forge's consolidated net profit tanked 81% to Rs 41.8 crore in Q3 December 2019 as against Rs 218.3 crore reported in Q3 December 2018. Total revenue declined 25.6% year-on-year (YoY) to Rs 1832.8 crore in Q3 December 2019 over Q3 December 2018.

Profit before tax (PBT) for Q3 December 2019 stood at Rs 98 crore, down by 69.2% from Rs 318 crore in Q3 December 2018.

EBITDA slumped 43.4% to Rs 236.1 crore in Q3 December 2019 as against Rs 416.9 crore reported in Q3 December 2018. EBITDA margin stood at 12.9% in Q3 December 2019 declining from 16.9% posted in Q3 December 2018.

Commenting on company's Q3 performance, B.N Kalyani, Chairman & MD said, The quarter gone by was a repeat of the previous quarter in terms of weak end market demand and financial performance. Domestic and export revenues were down more than 30% in 03 FY20 compared to the same quarter previous year. The Passenger Vehicle business continues to stands out across both domestic and export markets with strong outperformance against underlying demand. The PV business grew by 8.7% compared to same quarter last year. BFL's international operations in Europe have also been badly impacted by the decline in end market demand. We have initiated restructuring & cost optimization actions. These actions coupled with investing in creating capacity towards a favorable product mix will eventually result in a sustainable & stronger business overseas. Looking ahead, over the next 3-6 months, we expect demand to remain soft given the uncertainty in India due to the transition to BS VI and continuation of weakness in North America & Europe. However, we believe that the phase of sequential decline in the financial performance for the company is nearing an end and the new phase of growth will commence in FY21.

Bharat Forge is a multinational company involved in automotives, power, oil & gas, construction and mining, locomotive, marine and aerospace industries.

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First Published: Mon, February 10 2020. 13:43 IST