Bharti Infratel posts 31% profit rise to Rs,254.1 crore

Written by feBureau | New Delhi/Mumbai | Updated: Feb 2 2013, 04:44am hrs
Bharti Infratel, the tower arm of Bharti Airtel, posted a 30.7 % increase in its net profit at R254.1 crore for the third quarter ended December. The company had reported a profit of R194.4 crore for the corresponding quarter last fiscal, Bharti Infratel said in a statement.

The tower company, which was listed on both the NSE and the BSE last December, said revenues during the period increased 8.33% to R2,626.4 crore against R2,424.3 crore in the year-ago period.

Despite relatively low capex deployment by telecom operators last year due to uncertainties in telecom sector, our results reflect the significant incremental gains from increased sharing of our infrastructure, Bharti Infratel vice-chairman and managing director Akhil Gupta said. With data growing at a fast pace, the company expects increased deployment of new networks by operators in the coming year, he added.

During the quarter, the group incurred capital expenditure of R364.4 crore. The operating free cash flow during the quarter was R549.4 crore, a decrease of 2.2% compared with quarter ended December, on account of higher capital expenditure in the current quarter, the company said.

The company had a total of 2,102 on roll employees on a consolidated basis as on December 31. Bharti Infratels total tower base stood at 81,389, along with 1.56 lakh co-locations at the end of the reported quarter. While the total tower base has increased 3% from 79,012 towers, total co-locations increased 5% from 1.48 lakh in the October-December 2011 quarter.

The monthly sharing revenue per tower increased 3% to R67,136 in the reported quarter, the statement said.

Bharti Infratels consolidated portfolio includes over 80,000 telecom towers. Of this, over 34,000 are its own towers, while the balance come from its 42 % equity interest in Indus Towers (a joint infrastructure company of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular).

Through its IPO last year, Bharti Infratel had raised R4,118.01 crore, including about R1,388 crore from retail investors and R2,078 crore from other investors such as QIBs and HNIs.

It had said it plans to use the proceeds from the IPO to fund its expansion and future acquisitions.

Share of the company closed at R204.60 on the BSE.

Grasim net falls 9% on higher input costs

Aditya Birla Group company Grasim Industries net profit fell 9% to R549 crore for the quarter ended December, from R634 crore in the corresponding period last year, due to higher costs of raw materials and logistics.

Additionally, the company has agreed to sell its entire holding of 15% share in Alexandria Carbon Black (ACB) and 2.75% quoted equity shares in Thai Carbon Black Public Company (TCB) to another Aditya Birla Group Company, as it looks to exit from unrelated investments. For the third quarter, the companys revenue rose 7% to R6,768 crore from R6,300 crore in the corresponding period last year. Share were down 1.1% to close at R3,006.70 on Thursday on the BSE.

Lupin net profit up 43% on strong US growth

Lupin said its net profit grew 42.6% to R335.2 crore during the third quarter of the fiscal 2012-13, up from R2,35.1 crore a year ago, boosted by strong growth in the US market. Net sales grew by 37.6% to R2,465.9 crore during the quarter, compared with R1,791.7 crore in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.

The company also saw a 67% growth in Ebitda to R631.4 crore during the quarter.

Like most top Indian pharma companies, the regulated markets of the US and Europe contributed in a major way to sales.

Revenue expenditure on research and development was stepped up to R238.2 crore, comprising 9.7% to net sales. Share of Lupin was trading up 1.59% on the BSE on Thursday at R608.75.

Siemens posts 3% rise in net to Rs.73 crore

Siemens posted a moderate 3% jump in the companys net profit to R73 crore for the first quarter ended December, against R71 crore in the same quarter in the previous year. The company follows July to August fiscal. The companys total income during the period also increased by mere 4% to R2,494 crore against R2,397 crore in the year ago period.

Armin Bruck, managing director, Siemens, said, Given the continuing difficult macro-economic conditions in India, our first quarter results show a solid performance, with steady sales and good improvement in the bottom line. Nevertheless, customer liquidity issues, delays in infrastructure projects commencement and the decline in our order books remain an area of concern to us.

Siemens share price closed 1.41% up at R654.50 on Bombay Stock Exchange on Thursday.