Emami posts 33 percent fall in net profit in Q2

Kolkata, Oct 29 (IANS) Despite a surge in its turnover, Kolkata-based Emami Ltd on Thursday posted a fall of 33 percent in its net profit at Rs.61 crore for the quarter ended September 30, primarily on account of amortization of its Kesh King intangibles.

The company’s turnover during July-September grew by 17.4 percent to touch Rs.575 crore while EBIDTA grew by 34.5 percent at Rs.152 crore.

Its cash profit also grew by 30.3 percent at Rs.133 crore.

“Despite deflationary environment along with lower rural wage growth and an overall sluggish consumer environment during the quarter, we are happy to announce the domestic business growth of 19.5 percent in the second quarter and of 21.5 percent during April-September 2015-16.

“We have also managed to strengthen our market share in key categories during this quarter,” director Mohan Goenka said in a statement.

According to the company, its new brands continued to perform well while power brands continued to maintain leadership in key categories during April-September this year.

The firm’s international business grew by 11.5 percent during the second quarter impacted by geo-political and economic challenges in some overseas markets like Bangladesh and Russia.

During July-September, the company raised around Rs.950 crore debt to partly fund the acquisition of Kesh King and allied brands for Rs.1,684 crore.

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