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Pidilite Inds firms up after strong Q2 result

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Pidilite Industries gained 1.45% to Rs 1585.25 on BSE after the company posted a 9.7% rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 356.44 crore in Q2 September 2020 from Rs 325 crore in Q2 September 2019.

Consolidated net sales for Q2 September 2020 stood at Rs 1,880 crore, rising 4% from Rs 1,806 crore in Q2 September 2019. The result was announced after market hours yesterday, 4 November 2020.

Profit before tax (PBT) stood at Rs 478 crore in Q2 September 2020, an increase of 35% over Rs 354 crore in the same period last year. Current tax expense jumped 122% year on year to Rs 119.88 crore in Q2 September 2020.

EBITDA before non-operating income stood at Rs 514 crore in Q2 September 2020, growing by 39% over the same quarter last year on account of lower input cost and A&SP spends.

Pidilite said the consumer and bazaar segment returned to growth reaching pre-COVID levels in most geographies. Growth was healthy in construction chemicals and DIY products. The Fevicol maker further said that B2B segment continued to face headwinds, however it showed signs of recovery in the latter part of the quarter. International subsidiaries have reported healthy double-digit constant currency growth and domestic subsidiaries continued to witness challenging business conditions. However, performance has continued to improve sequentially during the quarter, the company added.

Commenting on the quarter performance, Bharat Puri, MD of Pidilite Industries said, This quarter saw steadily improving demand conditions each month. Consumer and Bazaar businesses grew volumes aided by strong growth in the rural and semi urban areas. B2B businesses as well as the metros, while improving sequentially have still to reach pre-covid levels. Our profitability was aided by benign input costs as well as strong cost optimisation measures. While we are seeing signs of input costs hardening, we remain cautiously optimistic on steadily improving demand recovery. Our focus would be to continually drive volume growth via investment in our brands, in sales and distribution and in consumer relevant innovation.

Pidilite Industries is a leading manufacturer of adhesives and sealants, construction chemicals, craftsmen products, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) products and polymer emulsions in India.

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First Published: Thu, November 05 2020. 09:23 IST